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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Common Intellectual Experiences

Common Intellectual Experiences involve: 

  • A cohort (class, club, major)
  • Curriculum (ties to classwork)
  • Experiences (social-emotional, memorable)


CIEs often function as a series of co-curricular events or experiences.

A CIE may be:

  • a single event
  • designed for students within a major
  • a large, integrated program (many classes/disciplines)
  • themed

                                                                                                                                                                                Adapted from UC Denver

Please consider integrating an event into your fall coursework. 

HIPs recommended events:

Here are some events that we are excited about:

SPARK Packet, Student Life Welcome Week activity to increase student resilience (packet attached). September 1-8.

Mental Health & Suicide Awareness Town Hall, Q&A, debunk unhealthy myths, and provide resources.  September 11, 1pm

WebEx link : Contact:

Interview with Dr. Melinda Joy Mingo, COM instructor, Diversity Global Learning specialist, and author of The Colors of Culture: The Beauty of Diverse Friendships. September 16th, 1pm via WebEx:

 The Global Village, meeting monthly on Wednesdays, online and in-person (hyflex setting). Contact: Detailed topics attached. 

Sept 9th Hope, Uncertainty, and Guiding Truths

Sept 23rd  Destiny: Are We in Control?

Oct 14th  Iron Sharpens Iron: Community Impacts from Diverse Cultures

Nov 11th  Searching for the “American Dream”: Immigration, Migration, and Challenges 

Dec 16th  Looking Back, Looking Forward: End of Semester Celebration


Get Out the Vote (GOTV), programing and panel through Student Government. Contact: October. 

DEI Virtual Events and Resources. Contact:

For your remote course:

Post an announcement of WHY and HOW for the students: 

  • importance of the event related to course content or student skills 
  • what the steps are for the student

Follow the CIE Framework

  • Select an event, Prepare students to explore the topic 
  • Experience the event, Reflect on learning

Share Learning: 

  • At The EXPO. Students submit coursework related to college wide theme of "Quality of Life: Health, Happiness, and Well-being." Contact: Submissions accepted all semester. Also visit for more details.

OR, in The Paper. Students write news pieces about college life and events. Contact: All semester.

CIE Specialists are experts who are ready to assist faculty to implement or improve high impact practices.​

Have general HIPs questions? Contact: 

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