Overview: 5 things you need to know

  1. The high-impact educational practices are promoted by American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) through the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative.
  2. There are 10 high-impact educational practices: capstone courses/projects, collaborative assignments and projects, common intellectual experiences, diversity/global learning, first-year seminars/experiences, internships, learning communities, service learning/community-based learning, undergraduate research, and writing intensive courses.
  3. Any academic discipline can infuse high-impact educational practices into their curriculum and individual classes to become signature experiences for students.
  4. High-impact educational practices can occur in curricular and co-curricular contexts.
  5. First-year to senior-year students can participate in high-impact educational practices.

Learn more

High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter (Kuh, 2008) 

Five High-Impact Practices: Research on Learning Outcomes, Completion, and Quality (Brownell & Swaner, 2010) 

Making Progress?: What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes (Finley, 2012)

VIDEO: What Matters to Student Success – The Promise of High-Impact Practices

VIDEO: High-Impact Practices at CSUF

In Texas

Tracking Student Participation in Curricular and Co-curricular High-Impact Experiences at Texas A&M University, Kristin Harper, Jenna Kurten, and Dr. Darby Roberts

Lead Faculty Fellow

Dr. Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer serves as the Assistant Vice-President for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Tarleton State University.