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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

Writing-Intensive Courses

HIP Writing Assignments:

  • GOTV Get Out the Vote
  • Proposal to local organization
  • Op Ed or essay Writing related to work/career
  • Educational/informational writing (PSA-type, or for a local school, or community group)
  • Researched Memoirs (academic research on elderly (or other group) and interviews, write that story.)


Where to send writing:

  • To a local person or group that has the power to effect change
  • To The Paper or Parley Publishing (identify audience: peers or particular group in the community) , 
  • The Math Colloquium (for engineering/Math teacher career interests)
  • To The EXPO (research and write on Quality of Life: Health, Happiness, and Well-Being, lots of topical bandwidth here; share out on EXPO PPT slide). Submit to


Additionally, in the Spring semester

CSURF—Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum

MAC—PPCC’s Multicultural Awareness Conference

What is it?

• Students produce and revise writing as a process (repeated practice)

• Students practice writing in various genre based on academic and actual situations varied purposes, audiences (with emphasis outside class) within different disciplines (career paths)

How to make it HIP:

Challenge/Time—multiple steps, meaningful to student

Substantive Interactions/Diversity—critical consideration of other viewpoints, experiences

Feedback/Reflection—constructive, frequent feedback with opportunity to reflect and revise

Real World/Public—writing with a purpose and audience outside of class











Supporting Research


           Huskin, Patricia R. "Engagement Strategies for Increasing Student Writing Success." Education, vol. 136, no. 3, Spring2016, pp. 283-290.                                       

         Colabroy, Keri L.. "A Writing-intensive, Methods-based Laboratory Course for Undergraduates." Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, vol.                                39, no. 3, 2011, pp. 196–203.                 


Below is an example of a AAA109 student's project and her experience.

Writing Intensive

  • Writing Intensive courses help you learn how to:
    • Approach writing as a process.
    • Revise your written work based on feedback.
    • Provide useful feedback to your classmates about their written work.
    • Refine your critical and analytical writing skills.

Essential Learning Outcomes:

  • Gather, critically analyze and evaluate quantitative information within relevant disciplinary contexts.
  • Gather, critically analyze and evaluate qualitative information within relevant disciplinary contexts.
  • Apply and integrate knowledge from a range of disciplines, including interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary research.
  • Communicate through reading and/or writing to receive, comprehend, and convey information.
  • Demonstrate the core ethical principles and responsible methods of your discipline.

Writing Intensive Course Development -- Essentials

Additional Writing Intensive Development Tools

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

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