High-Impact Practices

High-Impact Practices are student experiences that are linked to positive educational satisfaction. They are experiences that require students to interact with faculty and other students collaboratively, and to learn outside of the classroom. Generally, these are practices that require more time and effort in students’ learning. The list provides a description of various high-impact practices. Also provided are exemplar courses and programs across campus that incorporate these practices.

Capstone Courses and Projects (Culminating Senior Courses)

Courses that require students to develop and engage with a final project (i.e. research project, performance, portfolio, artwork etc.) that applies and integrates what they have learned in a class.

Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Courses that emphasize projects or assignments where students are encouraged to work together to solve problems. This can be in the form of team-based assignments, papers and/or research projects.

First-year Seminar Courses

Courses where instructors serve as facilitators and students take an active part in their learning by engaging in discussions on course readings and lectures in great detail.

Internships or Field Experience

Experiential learning where students are given the opportunity to experiences in a work setting.

Learning Communities

Programs or initiatives where students in a cohort take several courses together in order to work together on common topics, readings, and projects.

Research with Faculty

Research experiences within courses or programs where students are given the opportunity to explore research interests and questions in collaboration with a faculty member(s).

Service Learning, Community-Based Learning

Courses that are developed in collaboration with community partners in order to give students experiential learning opportunities. Generally, engagement with the community is integrated into the course through a project where students apply what they have learned to a community based activity.

Study Abroad

Programs that allow students to get credit towards their degrees while attending and taking courses in universities or institutes in other countries.

Writing-Intensive Courses

Courses that emphasize writing by providing opportunities for students to engage with  formal and informal writing throughout the term. Students should  be given formative and critical feedback on written work and the opportunity to revise projects before final submissions.