The Assessing Quality and Equity in High-Impact Practices (HIPs) project, supported by Lumina Foundation, builds on NSSE’s key role in catalyzing interest in HIPs, assessing HIPs, and supporting colleges and universities to use NSSE data to improve HIP quality and equity. It also builds on our longstanding commitment to study and advance effective educational practice and student success. It promises an approach to address the current urgency to make HIPs more widespread while assuring their effectiveness, as well as to develop long-term strategies for studying and assessing HIPs.
The first phase of research supported the most comprehensive data yet on HIP implementation and equity, exploring the extent to which HIP experiences incorporate elements theorized to account for their educational benefits and equitable access to high-quality HIPs. The initial summary of project findings, "Assessing Quality and Equity in High-Impact Practices: Comprehensive Report" was delivered July 2020.
The Project Continues - HIPS in Practice
Phase II of the project—named HIPs in Practice—runs from July 2020 through December 2021 and will deepen the investigation by collecting even more contextualized data through purpose-built surveys keyed to specific HIP experiences. Investigation of the equity dimensions remains a central focus, and the new grant will include qualitative research into the experiences of racially minoritized students in HIPs.
Announcing HIPs in Practice—Surveys Keyed to Specific HIPs!
HIPs in Practice is a targeted data collection focused on students participating in specific HIPs. During Spring 2021, we're focusing on two HIPs—learning communities and culminating experiences (capstone course, senior project, etc.). The item sets include a series of questions specific to each HIP, engagement-related questions drawn from NSSE, and items adapted from NSSE’s module on Inclusiveness and Engagement with Cultural Diversity (to examine equity).
Whereas NSSE examines students’ experience over the current school year, these questions are tied to specific HIP experiences, affording a much more robust examination of the engagement benefits of HIP participation.
Why Participate in HIPs in Practice?
Participation in HIPs in Practice provides learning community coordinators and departments offering capstones or senior projects with in-depth, HIP-specific information about the quality of students’ experience, insight into issues of diversity and inclusion, and the benefits of participation in this HIP. Such findings are valuable for program evaluation and assessments of quality to guide program improvement.
Ready to Learn More or Sign-Up for HIPs in Practice?
To participate, institutions or programs must be able to identify students who are involved in one of the designated HIPs. All undergraduate students participating in one of these 2 HIPs are eligible for HIPs in Practice. The HIPs in Practice survey will be administered at no cost.