Press Release

29 Institutions Selected to Participate in AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the twenty-nine institutions selected to participate in its 2023 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The institute is designed to strengthen institutional capacity to achieve quality, equity, and student engagement goals through the design, implementation, and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices,” or HIPs. The institute will be held virtually on June 20–23.

“The AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success provides an unparalleled opportunity to advance campus equity goals and to improve the quality of student learning by ensuring that all students have access to high-impact practices,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella. “We look forward to partnering with the participants and to supporting their student success efforts.”

Each participating institution will send a team to the institute, where they will work with leading experts and practitioners on efforts to implement educational change and bring effective practices to scale. The institute program will focus on designing equity-centered HIPs and developing a reflection and envisioning change tool to guide campus-based efforts. Drawing on evidence that demonstrates a positive relationship between student participation in HIPs and improved student outcomes, teams will define and develop curricular and cocurricular practices to promote student engagement, improve curricular coherence, and generate equitable outcomes. Utilizing AAC&U’s Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) System as a guiding tool, participating teams will define and strengthen processes for directly assessing student achievement of learning outcomes that result from participation in HIPs. These processes will help campus and system-level teams set and monitor progress toward equity goals to improve educational outcomes for all students.

“Each year, AAC&U and the Institute Faculty, reimagine the curriculum to address the needs of the institutions attending based on their stated goals. This approach provides campuses access to the latest research to examine their most pressing issues related to equity, quality, and assessment in the design and implementation of HIPs. The institute is responsive in a time of limited resources.” said Tia McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers.

The following institutions will participate in the 2023 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success:

  • Augustana University
  • Bristol Community College
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Central Washington University
  • Clemson University
  • Colorado College
  • Freed-Hardeman University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hamline University
  • Illinois Central College
  • Jacksonville State University
  • Massachusetts Bay Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northwood Technical College
  • Rowan University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Texas A&M University - Central Texas
  • The University of Akron
  • Towson University
  • University of California, Berkley
  • University of Colorado Denver
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • University of Maryland Global Campus
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • University of Montana Western
  • University of South Carolina Columbia
  • University of South Florida

More information about the AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is available online.

About AAC&U

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is a global membership organization dedicated to advancing the democratic purposes of higher education by promoting equity, innovation, and excellence in liberal education. Through our programs and events, publications and research, public advocacy, and campus-based projects, AAC&U serves as a catalyst and facilitator for innovations that improve educational quality and equity and that support the success of all students. In addition to accredited public and private, two-year, and four-year colleges and universities and state higher education systems and agencies throughout the United States, our membership includes degree-granting higher education institutions in more than twenty-five countries as well as other organizations and individuals. To learn more, visit