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High Impact Practices

As part of Texas A&M University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime, the Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to providing transformative learning experiences and assessing the accompanying student learning. The following information is based on AAC&U’s High Impact Educational Practices.


HIP Criteria

A Division of Student Affairs program, activity or student leadership of student organizations may be considered a high impact practice* if all of the following are met**:

1. Students invest time and effort to purposeful tasks.

  • Engagement nurtures student investment in the activity and learning from it

2. Students interact with staff, advisors and peers about substantive matters usually over extended periods of time.

3. Students experience diversity through contact with people who are different from themselves

  • Engagement challenges student to develop new ways of thinking about and responding to new circumstances.

4. Students get frequent feedback about their performance – almost continuously – in settings that allow them to respond to that feedback.

5. Students have the opportunity to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge gained from their classroom/discipline to their co-curricular experience and vice versa.

  • Student engagement in co-curricular activities provides the opportunity to discover the relevance of learning through “real-world” application and practice.

6. Student engagement encourages students to become aware of their values and beliefs and thus to better understand themselves in relation to others and the larger world.


* Brownell, J. E., & Swaner, L. E. (2010). Five high-impact practices. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

**A case may be made for an activity that does not meet all of the criteria due to special circumstances.


General principles/guidelines supporting the process in the Division of Student Affairs

1. The Division has high expectations of the students who participate in high impact practices whether they are in leadership positions in student organizations, employees in our departments, or participants in special activities or programs.

2. Assessment of student learning outcomes, program, and process outcomes are assured with quality assessment plans.

3. Not every program, activity or student organization leadership experience needs to be a high impact practice although student learning should be the basis for all.

4. HIPs in the Division of Student Affairs tie their purpose and learning outcomes to one or more of Texas A&M’s student learning outcomes for undergraduate and/or graduate students and to one the QEP learning outcomes of integrative and/or learning for a lifetime.

5. The Division emphasizes assessment methods that focus on learning, reflection, and application.


Submit a Program 

Division staff are encouraged to submit programs and experiences that could be considered High Impact Practices. The fall deadline is November 1, 2016 to be considered for FY17. Please complete the form, even if you think you may not fulfull all of the criteria. We will provide you resources and support to move forward. The form in MaroonLink can be found here


For more information contact the Committee on Student Learning.



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