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High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)

First Year Experience

"Many schools now build into the curriculum first-year seminars or other programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis. The highest-quality first-year experiences place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies. First-year seminars can also involve students with cutting-edge questions in scholarship and with faculty members’ own research."      -- George D. Kuh

         Bers, Trudy and Donna Younger. "The First-Year Experience in Community Colleges." New Directions for Institutional Research, vol. 2013, no. 160, Aug.                               2014, pp. 77-93. EBSCOhost

             Connolly, Sara, et al. "First Year Experience for At-Risk College Students." College Student Journal, vol. 51, no. 1, 01 Mar. 2017, pp. 1-6. EBSCOhost

              What Works Clearinghouse, (ED) and Inc. Development Services Group. First Year Experience Courses for Students in Developmental Education. What                                Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report. What Works Clearinghouse, What Works Clearinghouse, 01 Feb. 2016. EBSCOhost

HIPs Faculty Specialists are peer experts who are ready to assist fellow faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.

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