According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (following the work of George Kuh in High-Impact Educational Practices), a number of educational experiences are conducive to high-impact learning, including:

  • First-year seminars and experiences
  • Common intellectual experiences (such as the core curriculum)
  • Learning communities
  • Writing-intensive courses
  • Collaborative assignments and projects
  • Undergraduate research
  • Diversity and global learning in courses or programs that examine “difficult differences”
  • Service – or community-based learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone courses and projects


Student Benefit

These practices benefit students by:

  • stimulating intellectually-engaging and educationally-effective curricula

  • providing active learning opportunities for students

  • deepending student learning and engagement in classroom content

  • raising levels of performance, retention, and success for all learners


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Updated July 29, 2019

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