Assessing High-Impact Learning for Underserved Students

Continuing Research on High-Impact Practices

A Mixed Method Analysis of High-Impact Practices on Student Learning for Historically Underrepresented Students

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is conducting a research project, funded by the TG Philanthropy Program, to examine undergraduate data from universities across the three Compass state systems (California State University System, Oregon University System, and University of Wisconsin System). The project investigates the impact of engaged learning on traditionally underrepresented populations, specifically first-generation, minority, and low-income students.

AAC&U has gathered student-level data on engaged learning from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and received Institutional Review Board approval from thirty-eight institutions in the participating systems. AAC&U released a project report, Assessing High-Impact Learning for Underserved Students, in late 2013.

AAC&U,in partnership with Excelencia in Education and with support from the TG Philanthropy Program, has identified four Excelencia in Action (E-Action) Network institutional members to send a team of five individuals to AAC&U’s Institute on General Education and Assessment. Activities at the Institute will include developing plans for refining, extending and more effectively assessing existing high-impact practices to improve Latino student retention, academic success and graduation. Campus teams will also consider how the scope of these practices might be more effectively embedded, scaled, and assessed within general education to maximize inclusion and success for all students.

The following five campus teams will participate:

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Bronx Community College
  • Palm Beach State College
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • University of Texas at Brownsville

AAC&U Project Staff: Tia McNair, Ashley Finley, and Alexis Krivian.