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High-Impact Practices. What are they? What makes them effective? How can we help?. Definition. “an investment of time and energy over an extended period that has unusually positive effects on student engagement in educationally purposeful behavior.”

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High-Impact Practices

What are they? What makes them effective?

How can we help?


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Definition

  • “an investment of time and energy over an extended period that has unusually positive effects on student engagement in educationally purposeful behavior.”

    • George D. Kuh, “Foreward,” Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality by Jayne E. Brownell and Lynn E. Swaner, AAC&U, 2010


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Identified through research:

  • First-year experiences

  • Common intellectual experiences

  • Learning communities

  • Writing-intensive courses

  • Collaborative assignments and projects

  • Undergraduate research

  • Diversity/global learning

  • Service learning

  • Community-based learning

  • Internships

  • Capstone courses and projects

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are Who Has Access to Them and Why They Matter by George D. Kuh (AAC&U 2008)

Follow-up study: Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality, by Jayne E. Brownell and Lynn E. Swaner

CALT has copies of both publications


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What do they need to work?

  • Require purposeful effort

  • Build relationships

  • Engage across differences

  • Provide rich feedback

  • Apply learning

  • Encourage reflection


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For whom do they work?

  • Most students benefit

  • Benefits can be dramatic

  • Historically underserved benefit most

  • One size does not fit all (no single HIP will work for ALL students)


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Graduation Rates by Ethnicity and participation in High-Impact Practices

Do they matter?

55%

gap

17

38%

0

0

Latino/a

not Latino/a


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Graduation Rates by Ethnicity and participation in High-Impact Practices

Do they matter?

63%

55%

49%

gap

14

38%

0

1

0

1

Latino/a

not Latino/a


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Graduation Rates by Ethnicity and participation in High-Impact Practices

Do they matter?

68%

65%

63%

55%

49%

gap

3

38%

0

1

2

0

1

2

Latino/a

not Latino/a


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Graduation Rates by Ethnicity and participation in High-Impact Practices

Do they matter?

Source: CSU Northridge Institutional Research

August, 2010

73%

69%

68%

65%

63%

55%

49%

gap

-4

38%

0

1

2

3+

0

1

2

3+

Latino/a

not Latino/a


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Do they matter? High-Impact Practices

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are Who Has Access to Them and Why They Matter by George D. Kuh (AAC&U 2008)


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Do they matter? High-Impact Practices

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are Who Has Access to Them and Why They Matter by George D. Kuh (AAC&U 2008)


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Do they matter? High-Impact Practices

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are Who Has Access to Them and Why They Matter by George D. Kuh (AAC&U 2008)


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Barriers to offering them High-Impact Practices

  • Institutionalization:

    • Most likely to miss historically underserved groups

    • Kuh recommends committing to reach every student at least twice

      • Within the first year

      • Junior or senior year connected to the major

  • Expense:

    • Time commitment

    • Lack of support


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How can we help? High-Impact Practices

  • Foster collaborations

  • Promoting HIPs to students

  • Assist with design of a HIP

  • Explore alternative practices

  • Develop current HIP practices

  • Help with policies

  • Help with assessing