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High Impact Practices (HIPs)

High impact practices (HIPs), as noted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), are designs and practices in teaching and learning that increase student engagement and lead to successful learning.  Additionally, various studies on select HIPs have shown them to be a possible solution to closing the achievement gaps across student populations.  Generally, they have been seen as co-curricular activities at CSUSB. But, in the Q2S conversion process, HIPs could become a more standard part of programs throughout the university.  Under Goal 1 -- Student Success of the 2015-2020 CSUSB Strategic Plan, there is a call for “[a]ll undergraduate students [to] participate in at least three High Impact Practices (HIPs) by graduation.”  Further, at least one HIP should be provided in the context of a student’s major.

High impact practices are not just the responsibility of the co-curriculum, nor should the curriculum and the co-curriculum be working independently of each other.  The adoption of HIPs in the curriculum of the university and in co-curriculum activities at CSUSB can be a way to bridge across divisional silos.  HIPs and their inclusion in the life of students at CSUSB can allow the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Affairs to work collaboratively.  As students’ lives exist in dual spaces administered by these two divisions, it is vital these divisions work together to create a larger common space where curriculum and co-curricular activities are intertwined.  This can provide a more holistic educational environment for CSUSB students.

High Impact Practices (HIPs) include:

  • first-year seminars and 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.  

Various studies have suggested that HIPs can help increase deeper learning in students and provide them with experience and knowledge that will assist them after leaving college.  CSUSB already includes many HIPs in the scholarly life of our students.  As conversion and transformation of programs occur, HIPs can be more routinely incorporated to further the educational mission of the institution and enhance the student experience at CSUSB.

See the AAC& U HIPs descriptions or the IUPUI RISE High Impact Taxonomies (or Rubrics) for assessing HIPS.

[Last updated December 2017]