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High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

Undergraduate Research

"Many colleges and universities now provide research experiences for students in all disciplines. Undergraduate research, however, is most prominently in science. The goal is to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer questions." ​   -- George D. Kuh

Supporting Research

             Hensel, Nancy H. and Brent D. Cejda. "Embedding Undergraduate Research in the Community College Curriculum." Peer Review, vol. 17, no.                                                   4, Fall2015, pp. 27-30. EBSCOhost,

​Interested in incorporating Undergraduate Research as a HIPs practice?


Glenn Rohlfing

History Faculty



Amber Morean

Biology Faculty


Please be sure to include the following UR Syllabus Statement with your course: 

"This section of [AAA 101] is a PPCC endorsed Undergraduate Research (UR) class, where part of the course will be spent on UR activities.  This activity will support course objectives, while promoting at least two of the following skills: inquiry, topic development, constructing a research question or a working hypothesis, collecting data via primary or secondary source material or experimentation, use deductive or inductive reasoning to analyze data, and reflection.  All UR classes must use either writing assignments, oral presentations, or publication in an academic or school journal, like Parley, in an effort to report findings to a larger scholarly community. "

Welcome to our Spring 2020 semester!

What is the Quad?

  • The Quad is a student-driven and project-based program that develops solutions to problems posed by local companies and non-profit organizations. 
  • Students develop their skills in professional and leadership roles while working in teams.
  • They also build relationships and skills that may result in future employment.


Why students should consider it?

  •  Something different from a traditional classroom
  •  Student-driven learning with advisor guidance
  •  Help finding a job and connecting with the right people
  •  Job experience and new opportunities


What will it do for students? 

  • Real world experience
  • Future job opportunities
  • Connections to local professionals
  • Earns a stipend ($1350)


It only takes ONE step:

  •  Fill out an application online



  • Open Admissions: until Jan. 28, midnight
  • Quad starts Feb. 17 through May 6

Student commitment:  10 hours a week: 4 hours with their team, 6 hours independent work

Quad contact:  Belle Cotton, 719-389-7101,



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

Glenn Rohlfing

History Faculty



Amber Morean

Biology Faculty


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.

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