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High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs)

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are research-based strategies for effective teaching proposed by George Kuh, Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment and the Association of American Colleges & Universities.


High-Impact Practices: Eight Key Elements and Examples


There is growing evidence that “high impact practices” provide substantial educational benefits to students.

AAC&U (2007) identified 10 promising “high impact” activities, including: first year seminars, common intellectual experiences, learning communities, service learning, writing intensive courses, collaborative assignments & projects, undergraduate research, study abroad & other experiences with diversity, internships, and capstones. How many of your students experience these activities?

Outcomes and Benefits of HIPs: HIPs provide substantial educational benefits to students (Kuh, 2008).

HIPs are positively associated with:

  • Persistence and GPA
  • Deep approaches to learning
  • Higher rates of student/faculty interaction
  • Increases in critical thinking, writing skills
  • Greater appreciation for diversity
  • Higher student engagement overall, and “compensatory effects”

Fostering the Magic of HIPs to Enhance Student Learning. What can you do in your course to:

  1. Enhance time on purposeful tasks?
  2. Add meaningful interaction between faculty-student & among students?
  3. Increase interaction with diverse individuals & approaches (challenge students' ways of thinking)?
  4. Increase frequency of feedback?
  5. Add a real world, application experience?
  6. Increase students’ reflections on their learning? 

Please complete the attached High Impact Educational Practices survey and submit to your department chair, dean, or directly to Alex Malone.  


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