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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 spring coursework. 

HIPs recommended events:

The Global Village 

(Tuesdays Rampart Student Lounge 1-2pm, Wednesdays Downtown Breezeway 1-2pm, Thursdays Centennial A312 The Community Table 12:30-1:30pm)

Student led conversations with diverse peers and faculty on substantive topics. Topics calendar available January 13.

Contact: or


Unlikely film screening

(February 5 Centennial Grove 11am -1pm, and Feb 6 Rampart Student Lounge 11am -1pm)

Students explore success in college. Film trailer.



The Multicultural Awareness Conference 

(March 17 Rampart Atrium 11-2, March 18 Downtown 11-2pm, March 19 Centennial Atrium 11-2pm)

Student panels and presentations on "The American Dream."




(April 7 Rampart Student Lounge 10:30-12:30, April 8 Downtown 10:30-12:30, April 9 Centennial Grove 10:30-12:30, and April 9 Centennial Atrium 4-6pm)

A celebration for members of this community and allies.

Contact: or


Seadrift film screening

(April 2nd, Rampart evening, Centennial afternoon)

Students explore a refugee experience. Film trailer.



Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum

(April 11th at The United States Air Force Academy--USAFA)

Students present their research process and findings.

Contact: or


Trash Art Competition 

(Earth Day April 22; Trash Art workshops Rampart April 14, Downtown April 15, and Centennial April 16)

Students create art from discarded materials, or identify how they will start reusing discarded materials.



Celebrate Service

(April 21st Centennial Atrium 4-6pm)

Students, faculty, and community partners highlight service projects and celebrate accomplishments.



The Math Colloquium

(April 2020)

Students present on math problems and research findings.



CIEs could include classes or programs partnering with:


Visit Queensborough Community College as an example of a common reading program, like our All Pikes Peak Reads.

HIPs Rubric update!

The High Impact Practices (HIPs) Rubric was uploaded to all Fall 2019 D2L course shells on Tuesday, October 22. Faculty opt in to using the HIPs rubric by attaching it to an assignment folder. 

Step-by-step instructions for attaching the rubric to an assignment can be found at:

Access the  Rubric Guide and FAQ below:

What is Rubric for?

Faculty and instructors assess student learning in the High Impact Practice project or reflection assignment using this rubric. 

TIP: The rubric is not designed for grading purposes, just assessment of HIPs student learning. Attached is a robust FAQs and guide for the rubric.

About the Rubric and HIPs

The rubric addresses the Eight Key Elements of High Impact Practices: Challenge and Time (category 1), Interactive and Diversity (category 2), Feedback and Reflection (category 3), Real World and Public (category 4). Read more on these principles at . Instructors could mirror the wording in the rubric when designing the reflective assignment or when discussing the connections between course material and the HIPs assignment/project with students. 

Use of the rubric in HIPs courses is expected.

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

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