High-Impact Learning Practices

The SAM student learning outcomes help empower students to have more ownership in directing their academic career through developing their skills to use the tools and resources and teaching them to value their academic and co-curricular experiences.  Included in those valuable tools and resources are high-impact learning practices (HIP): curricular and cocurricular experiences that have a positive, evidence-based track record in undergraduate education.

This page provides faculty, staff, and students resources and links to information about high-impact learning practices.  Please take some time to view our collection of resources and contact us if you have any questions.

HIP Resources:

For a brief overview of high-impact learning practices you can access this article by George Kuh: High-Impact Educational Practices.

This Chart of High-Impact Educational Practices is very helpful tool when speaking to students about participating in HIP.

Implementation of HIP is important if we want students to get the most of their experiences.

Consideration should be given to assessing quality and equity in HIP especially among underserved students.

The Eight Key Elements of High-Impact Practices:
  1. Performance expectations set at appropriately high levels
  2. Significant investment of time and effort by students over an extended period of time
  3. Interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters
  4. Experiences with diversity wherein students are exposed to and must contend with people and circumstances that differ from those with which students are familiar
  5. Frequent, timely, and constructive feedback
  6. Periodic, structured opportunities to reflect and integrate learning
  7. Opportunities to discover relevance of learning through real-world applications
  8. Public demonstration of competence

Source: Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale by George D. Kuh and Ken O’Donnell, with Case Studies by Sally Reed. (Washington, DC: AAC&U, 2013).