Responsibility:  Institutional Effectiveness

Key Stakeholder(s): Faculty, Students

Goal and Rationale

Goal: To measure the extent of increased opportunities for meaningful and significant student, faculty, and staff interactions.

Rationale: High-impact practices (HIPs) have shown positive associations with student success and while demanding considerable time and effort, they facilitate learning outside the classroom, encourage meaningful interactions between faculty, staff, and students, inspire collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. It is nationally recommended that all students participate in at least two HIPs, one during their first year and one in the context of their major. This measure is collected from National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), a nationally administered and rigorously tested student survey tool. The impact of individual HIPs will be measured independently for actions within the Learning and Discovery Commitment, but these are not included in the current KPI.

Definition and Collection Plan

Formal Definition: High-impact practices include experiences, such as participation in learning communities, enrollment in courses that include project-based, experiential learning, working with a faculty member on a research project, completing a culminating senior experience, as well as participation in internships, co-ops, field experiences, clinicals, and study-abroad programs. The percentage of first-year students participating in one HIP and percentage of senior-level participation in two or more HIPs will be reported.

Frequency:  Annually

Comparison Group(s): Aspirational Group / Competitor Group / Peer Group


Variables: First-Year Participation / Senior Year Participation

Audiences:  Faculty / Students / General Public