2014 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success
The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help campuses and systems make institution-wide changes that benefit all students. It is ideal for institutions at various stages of work and addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams work on removing barriers to student success and devising integrative learning-centered plans—making intentional use of the Essential Learning Outcomes and high-impact practices. Highlighting the success of students who have historically been underserved, the program supports work to make excellence inclusive and to recognize and nurture the assets students bring to college. It provides insight into building student success initiatives from the ground up, often in the face of challenging institutional and external obstacles. The Institute draws on research on how all students can benefit from high-impact practices, especially less-advantaged students, who often do not have equitable access to these practices. The Institute curriculum aims to help campuses define approaches that are highly engaging to students and effective at improving the equitable achievement of outcomes.
Who Should Attend
A campus team typically consists of a team leader and four team members. Team leaders are most often senior academic or student-affairs officers. Teams should be diverse and cross-functional, including persons with different perspectives on the work. Teams should recruit individuals who are significantly involved in the projected campus work, as well as key individuals who could extend the reach of action. Team membership should draw from various sectors, units, or divisions of the campus. In the past, teams have included faculty, provosts, deans, department chairs, student affairs educators, registrars, librarians, and students.