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About High-Impact Practices

The CUE promotes High-Impact Practices across the University. High-Impact Practices (HIPs) promote active learning for students through systematic or structured programming. They are designed to increase student retention, engagement, and timely graduation (Kuh, 2008). These practices often involve learning through doing or experiencing; problem solving and analysis; and reflection and assessment. Guiding students in the exploration of grand challenges or big questions is a hallmark of these types of practices. HIPs typically engage students in topics that extend beyond the classroom, affecting people and cultures locally or even globally.

HIPs also hone 21st century skills. These are skills considered necessary for success in today’s world, such as critical thinking, information synthesis, collaboration, communication technology literacy, and global awareness.

Types of High Impact Practices

  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities (linked courses in which students explore common topics and readings)
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects 
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning 
  • Internships 
  • Capstone Courses and Projects
  • Electronic Portfolios (ePortfolios)

High Impact Practices in Honors