Kennesaw State University

High Impact Practices (HIPs)

The AAC&U defines high-impact educational practices (HIPs) as “teaching and learning practices that have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds” (AAC&U, 2013, n. p.). Drawing from existing research and best practices (Kuh, 2008), the AAC&U has identified the following teaching and learning practices as HIPs:

  • 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

In 2013, Kennesaw State University established a HIPs team with faculty representatives from various disciplinary and HIP backgrounds. The five-member team participated in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and as part of that institute, they developed an action plan to advance HIPs at the university. In 2014-15, CETL supported a HIPs faculty learning community, and in 2015, the faculty fellowship for HIPs was established.


American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) (2013). High-impact educational practices: A brief overview. Retrieved from

Kuh, G. D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. AAC&U: Washington, DC.

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Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:00am to Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 5:00pm
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm