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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

What are High Impact Practices?

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are effective teaching strategies based on research.

They provide substantial educational benefits to students. These practices are positively associated with:

  • Increased critical thinking and writing skills
  • Higher rates of student and faculty interaction
  • Deeper approaches to learning
  • Increased persistence and better GPA
  • Greater appreciation for diversity
  • Higher overall student engagement

Why High Impact Practices?

HIPs are incredibly effective for our students. A study done by PPCC's Office of Institutional Research in AY 19-20 reveals that student persistence (fall to spring) increased significantly for students who took at least 1 HIPs course.

  • 7% higher persistence for all students who take at least 1 HIPs course
  • 18% higher persistence for Black students who take a HIPs course

Every student group benefits from HIPs: 1st generation, military, all ethnicities, all genders, and all ages. (N=9771 students.)

PPCC HIPs National Podcast for Leading Improvements in Higher Education

We are so proud of this podcast on High Impact Practices. This is OUR work being celebrated and represented nationally.

The Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, the oldest and largest higher education assessment and improvement event in the U.S., launches a new podcast series, Leading Improvements in Higher Education.  Podcast episodes profile people, initiatives, institutions, and organizations improving conditions in higher education.  Thought leaders engage in discussions about enduring and emerging topics, themes, and trends affecting colleges and universities.


This research is based on data from the TBR system (Tennessee System of Community Colleges). We have been working closely with them over the last two years.

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What makes a HIP?

  1. Time on purposeful tasks, that lead to a culminating project (challenge)
  2. Meaningful interaction between faculty-student & among students
  3. Experiences with people, circumstances and perspectives unfamiliar to the student
  4. Frequency of feedback
  5. A real world, application or experience
  6. Students reflect on and share their learning outside of class

Identify Your HIPs

Click on the link above for an easy exercise to begin designing your High Impact Practice.


It's Easy to Get Started

“...You may be surprised to discover that you may already be incorporating high-impact practices, but you might have not identified them as such."

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Jo Ellen Becco and Robin Schofield outline how High Impact Equity Practices transform the classroom and engage students.



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HIPs and the “Real-World"

"It was great to be able to actually incorporate the ideas in real like situations rather than just another lecture.” - PPSC Student in a Collaborative Projects class


HIPs and the Curriculum

"I found myself thinking that I would forget about the material, but I found that it stuck much more than any other class material.” - PPSC Student in a Service-Learning (SL) Course


HIPs and the Community

"I utilized this course knowledge to teach myself that I can actually make a difference within the community if I put the work in. This experience allowed me to understand the true nature of what it's like to belong to a community.” - PPSC student in a Service-Learning (SL) course 


HIPs and Personal Growth

"I was able to talk to people that come from a different background from me and to hear about their experiences. This was able to open my eyes even to some of the biases that I myself fall victim to. I learned how to listen instead of judge.” - PPSC Student in a Diversity/Global Learning (DGL) course

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