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High Impact Practices

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Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is committed to fostering High Impact Practices (HIPs) throughout its curriculum. Identified by George Kuh and popularized through the efforts of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), HIPs are specific pedagogies that—when done well—have positive effects on deep learning, student retention and ultimately student success. They ask students to produce educationally purposeful work that is the result of sustained engagement with unscripted challenges, using active and self-reflective methods in realistic contexts, and marked by formative and summative feedback from faculty and peers.

Kuh originally identified ten HIPs, to which the AAC&U added ePortfolio pedagogy in 2017. At SLCC, we have identified and defined the following 14 HIPs that we encourage faculty to use in their courses: