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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. "

Information with FALL 2020 semester coming soon!

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


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



Have general HIPs questions? Contact: 

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