Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, June 2-5, 2020

2020 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Enhancing Institutional Capacity for Quality, Equity, and Student Engagement

June 2, 2020 to June 5, 2020
Remote Learning Experience

A Note Regarding COVID-19

Based on public health projections and the prevailing travel restrictions for higher education institutions, we have decided to conduct the HIPs Institute virtually. The Institute fee has been reduced by about half, i.e. member institution fees will equal $3500, and non-member institution fees will equal $4200.  AAC&U staff and the faculty of the HIPs Institute are currently transitioning the curriculum and program of events and will share information with participants over the next couple of weeks. 

About the Institute

The 2020 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to broaden the discussion surrounding the promotion of quality, equity, and student engagement by embedding these elements into institutional missions and everyday practices. Teams will work with Institute faculty to articulate guided learning pathways that serve as catalysts to deepen connections between the assets students bring to college and their educational experiences in preparation for lifelong success.

Drawing on evidence-based research that demonstrates a positive relationship between student participation in high-impact practices (HIPs) and improved student outcomes, teams will define and start to develop curricular and cocurricular practices to support student engagement, advance curricular coherence, and generate equitable outcomes. Utilizing the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) Institute as a guiding framework, participating teams will define and strengthen processes for directly assessing student achievement of learning outcomes as a result of participation in high-impact practices. These processes will help campus and system-level teams set and monitor progress towards equity goals to improve educational outcomes for all students.

Campuses will examine efforts to implement educational change and bring effective practices to scale in a time of limited resources. The Institute program addresses ambitious goals for intentionally serving all students, improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning, and it is highly relevant for institutions at various stages of work.

Campus Team Outcomes

  • Develop a comprehensive action plan to implement HIPs to advance student learning and success;
  • Design high-impact activities across the curriculum or co-curriculum to serve all students;
  • Generate plans to support educators in bringing quality HIPs to scale; and
  • Learn how to embed diversity, equity, and engaged inclusivity into your campuses’ strategic priorities.

Who Should Apply?

Teams interested in developing faculty-engaged, evidence-based, sustainable models and strategies to advance quality and equity in student learning outcomes are invited to apply. All regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are encouraged and eligible to apply. 

For additional information on the Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, please contact Maria Kowalski at