According to the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), High Impact Practices, also referred to as HIPs, are “teaching and learning practices [that] have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, especially historically underserved students, who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning.”
HIPs range in forms and types. Broadly, the following are considered HIPs:
UW-Madison affords students many opportunities to engage in HIPs. Some examples of HIPs that CAE offers include the CAE Career Ready Internship Program, the Summer Collegiate Experience, and Alternative Break.
According to George Kuh of AAC&U, participation in HIPs is effective for the following reasons:
AAC&U recommends participating in one HIP every year; however, research strongly suggests that participation in three or more HIPs significantly boosts deep-learning experiences.
Assessing Underdeserved Students' Engagement in High Impact Practices
More information on HIPs can be found here.