Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated "high-impact." High-Impact Practices (HIPs) demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. Participation can be life-changing (Kuh, 2008).
High-Impact Practice Questions on NSSE
NSSE asks about participation in six HIPs:
|High-Impact Practice||Item Wording|
|About how many of your courses at this institution have included a community-based project (service-learning)?|
|Participate in a learning community or some other formal program where groups of students take two or more classes together|
Research with Faculty
|Work with a faculty member on a research project|
Internship or Field Experience
|Participate in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement|
|Participate in a study abroad program|
Culminating Senior Experience
|Complete a culminating senior experience (capstone course, senior project or thesis, comprehensive exam, portfolio, etc.)|
Unlike most questions on the NSSE survey, the HIP questions are not limited to the current school year. Thus, seniors' responses include participation from prior years.