High Impact Practices

Despite their proven impact on retention, persistence, and completion, high impact practices are generally only accessible to a small subgroup of high-achieving students. Moreover, they are defined unevenly across campuses, making it difficult to assess their quality. Over the past decade higher education has embraced the use of high-impact educational practices like learning communities, service learning, undergraduate research, and peer mentoring for their significant contributions to learning as well as persistence. As states and state systems consider the ways engaged learning can drive student success, we have the chance to develop a shared national understanding of particular high-impact practices, building them into the higher education infrastructure in ways that ensure consistency and quality.