Curricular Framework: 2015 Institute on High Impact Practices and Student Success


The Institute curriculum is built on two commitments:  a high-quality liberal education should be the standard of excellence for all students; and we must intentionally examine equity while we develop educational programs that engage diversity and build 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.  

Institute Tracks

  • High-Impact Learning: Pedagogies and Practices helps educators create high-quality learning experiences for all students.  It addresses theories of learning and illustrates how to translate theory into practice.  The track is designed to help participants use effective strategies and pedagogies as the means to advance equity and make excellence inclusive. 
  • Useful Evidence focuses on how campuses can utilize both indirect and direct assessments of high-impact practices to promote equity in student achievement of learning outcomes, and in the design and implementation of HIPs.
  • Scaling High-Impact Practices from entry to completion requires an intentional campus-wide, equity-minded framework.  This track explores ways to incorporate AAC&U’s emerging work on guided learning pathways and problem-based pedagogies.  The track focuses on the interrelationship among courses, programs, and resources needed to insure that each student has the opportunity to pursue and achieve a high-quality liberal education.
  • Politics of Change examines the nature of change at an institutional level and introduces meaningful change strategies.  It explores intentional approaches to leadership development for senior-level administrators, faculty, and student affairs educators, recognizing political realities that shape the change process on campuses.

For more information about the institute and the application process, please contact Alex Belknap at