Curricular Framework: 2014 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Curricular Framework

The Institute’s curriculum is built on two commitments: a high-quality liberal education should be the standard of excellence for all students; and we must intentionally develop diversity and intercultural competence as essential elements of a contemporary liberal education. The curriculum provides in-depth study, analysis, and resources in four tracks, each emphasizing a different aspect of the work to connect high-impact practices and student success. Team time allows for sharing and development of the action plan, drawing from the tracked sessions and plenaries. Faculty liaisons schedule check-in and reflection meetings with each team during the week.

Institute Tracks

  • High-Impact Learning: Developing intentional approaches to engaged learning; deepening, enhancing, interconnecting, and scaling up existing high-impact practices, including activities in and beyond the classroom
  • Useful Evidence: Assessing high-impact practices; identifying problems to be addressed and sources of evidence to gauge learning; seeking equity in student learning outcomes; using qualitative and quantitative data analysis for institutional change
  • Building from the Ground Up: Emphasizing the practical aspects of design and implementation of multiple high-impact practices on a campus or in a system; attending to the process of change and the challenges of developing student success initiatives for institutions, whatever their level of advancement and engagement
  • Politics of Change: Addressing the political and cultural challenges of leadership; focusing on ways for campus leaders to better understand campus cultures and navigate institutional and external obstacles

From Planning to Campus Action

On the last day of the Institute, clusters of teams meet with their shared faculty liaison. In this session, each team makes a formal presentation of its action plan to the liaisons and the other cluster teams. The presentations are designed to rehearse actual presentations to be made on campus. Feedback from teams has shaped this practice, which has emerged as a highlight of the Institute.