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High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

What is High Impact Learning?

High Impact Learning employs High Impact Practices (HIPs), which are research-based strategies for effective teaching that 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



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? 

High-Impact Practices: Eight Key Elements and Examples

It's Easy to Get Started

“...Getting started with this process is easy. First, determine whether or not you are engaging in HIPs already. Take an audit of your course and compare your activities and assignments to the six student behaviors mentioned earlier. You may be surprised to discover that you may already be incorporating high-impact practices, but you might have not identified them as such. Based on your findings, consider how you can either adjust an existing activity or if there is a need to create a new one. If you need to create a new activity, use the six student behaviors as a guide and how they can help students achieve the course learning outcomes. Some potential activities with these attributes might include partnering with another faculty member to create a learning community, incorporating collaborative assignments and projects, engaging students in research projects, or adding a service learning activity to your syllabus to name a few. There’s no limit to the potential ways these behaviors can be incorporated in any discipline."

Read the full article here


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.” - PPCC 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.” - PPCC 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.” - PPCC 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.” - PPCC Student in a Diversity/Global Learning (DGL) course


Report your course(s) High Impact Practices here:

This short survey asks you which High Impact Practices you are using in this semester's courses and will make sure your implementation of HIPs is recorded. 


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