Application Guidelines: 2017 Institute on High Impact Practices and Student Success

The application deadlines has passed. Team leaders will be notified of acceptance by April 6, 2017

Application Components and Selection Criteria

All regionally accredited two- and four-year colleges and universities are eligible to apply. The online application consists of an information section and a narrative section. The narrative should not exceed 1,300 words.

The Application Narrative

Consult the following prompts to guide the narrative.  Questions are meant to suggest direction rather than to be exclusive.


How has your institution built capacity to support success for all students—across their intersecting identities? How can we build capacity for educators to ask and respond to questions about equity and inclusive excellence that can lead to campus change? How successful has your institution been in transforming the curriculum and cocurriculum to meet the changing demands for learning in the twenty-first century? Has your institution prioritized campus climate issues? What has your institution already accomplished related to the design and implementation of high-impact practices, learning outcomes, and assessment? Who was involved? What are your next steps?


What specific project or assignment do you expect to advance at the Institute? How does your project advance an inclusive approach that connects individuals from a range of campus sectors to larger institutional or systemic efforts for high-quality learning and student success? In what ways are your quality improvement, equity, and diversity efforts linked? What do you hope to achieve in the next year and in the next three years?


What is the rationale for your team’s composition? How do team members reflect a shared commitment to inclusion, engagement, and excellence on your campus?

(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 faculty from a variety of disciplines. Teams should recruit individuals from various sectors of campus that will be significantly involved in the projected campus work, as well as key individuals who could extend the reach of the action plan. In the past, teams have included faculty, provosts, deans, department chairs, student affairs educators, registrars, librarians, and students.)


For questions about the application process, please contact Alex Belknap at or at 202.387.3760 ext. 415

Team leaders will be notified of acceptance by April 6, 2017