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Assessment of Student Learning

High Impact Practices

What are High Impact Practices:

High-Impact Practices (HIPs) are techniques and designs for teaching and learning that have proven to be beneficial for student engagement and successful learning among students from many backgrounds. Through intentional program design and advanced pedagogy, these types of practices can enhance student learning and work to narrow gaps in achievement across student populations.

Practitioners are encouraged to examine the campus examples and research and data contained here in order to expand and improve high-impact practices on your own campus. There is also a fledgling repository of materials for faculty, including student work, sample assignments, and pedagogies.


    • First-Year Seminars
    • Common Intellectual Experiences
    • Learning Communities
    • Writing-Intensive Courses
    • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Diversity/Global Learning
    • Community-Based Learning
    • Internships
    • Capstone Courses and Projects

excerpted from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)