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 interactions.

Rationale: High-impact practices (HIPs) have shown positive associations with student learning and retention and share the traits of demanding considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage 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 participation in a learning community where student groups take two or more classes together, courses that include community-based projects or service-learning, working with a faculty member on a research project, internships, co-op’s, field experience, clinicals, study-abroad programs, and culminating senior experience. The percentage of first-year students participating in one HIP and percentage of seniors participating in two or more HIPs will be reported.

Frequency:  Bi-annually

Comparison Group(s): 5-year Historical Trend / Aspirational Group / Competitor Group / Peer Group


Variables: First-Year Participation / Senior Year Participation

Audiences:  Faculty / Students / General Public