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High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)

Dear PPCC Team,

I am pleased to announce the High Impact Practices project. As you know, in our strategic plan, Destination 2022, promoting and supporting High Impact Practices is our priority action plan for “ensuring excellence in teaching and learning.”

High Impact Practices are proven to deepen student learning and increase persistence in college. These practices increase time on task, real life application of knowledge, socio-academic experiences, face time with the instructor, and integrated learning. We have already been excelling in many of these areas.

The practices identified as High Impact by the AAC&U are learning communities, internships, service learning, diversity global learning, collaborative projects, first year experience, capstones, common intellectual experiences (co-curricular), undergraduate research, and writing intensive.

In collaboration with the VPIS, Divisions, and CETL, we hope to support faculty as they adopt and improve on High Impact Educational Practices. This effort will be led by faculty specialists, faculty working groups, and faculty directors. Faculty specialists are expert educators in a High Impact Educational Practice. They support faculty peers to implement and improve the High Impact Practice.

Resources are available here on the LibGuide outlining practical steps for implementing these practices into classes, as well as data and studies on High Impact Practices.  Faculty specialists contact information is listed under each High Impact Practice tab. Spring PDW will be dedicated to sharing best practices for High Impact and will feature the guru of High Impact Practices—George Kuh.

There is room for all in this endeavor! Please contact your deans about involvement and recognition of current successes in High Impact strategies.

I couldn’t be prouder of the educators at this college and look forward to reaching our goals together.



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