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High Impact Practices

High Impact Practices

High-impact practices (HIP) are educational practices that improve higher-order thinking skills and academic success. High-impact practices often include community-based service. They also include learning communities at the freshman level and performance experiences such as internships and capstone-course projects at the senior level.

A number of experiences have been identified as being "high impact." Three have been chosen at SFA as targeted learning platforms for improving students' higher order thinking and overall academic success. These platforms are: collaborative projects, mentored undergraduate scholarship and career-specific learning.
Research suggests that a minimum of two HIP experiences are needed to reach a threshold of significant difference in higher-order thinking skills and enhanced student success.