High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

A method of evidence-based teaching that has been widely tested and shown to be beneficial for college students (Kuh, 2008).

Why should I enroll in courses with HIPs?

Quite simply- they’re linked with more successful outcomes for the students who engage in them (i.e. graduation and job placement). Courses with High-Impact Practices (HIPs) Attributes indicate a course in which a faculty member has opted to offer experiential-learning, which help students apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom to practical problems and/or real-world experiences.

Are they more work than a normal course?

Not necessarily, but the course may be more engaging and hands-on. Here’s the basics on what each of these high-impact practices really entail. For specifics, look here or contact your campus High-Impact Practices Specialist.

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Certification - Course (or courses) that lead to or embed certification into curriculum as a course requirement.

First Year Seminar or Experience - This is required of all first-semester, full-time students and open to all others, it is known as the “College Success Course” at Chattanooga State.

Honors Education - Courses specifically designated for honors students- known as the Global Scholars program here at Chattanooga State.

Learning Communities - Courses that come as a “package deal”- taking two or more classes together with the same group of students, at the same time for academic credit.

Service Learning - Course that combines 1+ hours of community service with class lessons and reflection to help deepen the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen our community.

Study Abroad - Credit-bearing field-based experiential learning outside the U.S.

Technology Enhanced Learning - Use of ePortfolio (digital showcase of your academic work) in the class to enhance teaching and learning.

Undergraduate Research - Credit-bearing inquiry/investigation in which student makes an original intellectual, scholarly activity, or creative contribution to the discipline.

Work Based Learning - Credit-bearing internships, practicums, clinicals, co-ops and similar experiences, which give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied learning.