UNCW Selected to Participate in Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Thursday, June 03, 2021

UNCW is among 61 institutions selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ 2021 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

The institute is designed to advance efforts to achieve quality, equity and student engagement goals through the design, implementation and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices” or HIPs. The institute will be held virtually from June 15-18.

“The institute is an opportunity for UNCW to develop an action plan for advancing HIPS and student success with campus and community stakeholders,” said James DeVita, interim director of applied learning and associate professor of higher education. “What makes it especially meaningful is the invaluable feedback we will receive from experts and lessons we will learn from our peer institutions, which we can use to inform our work with HIPS at UNCW.” 

Institutions had to submit an application that included evidence of efforts to support high-impact practices and student success and a plan for engaging with experts and peers at the institute. Each participating institution will send a team to work with leading experts and practitioners to identify opportunities for deepening connections between students’ assets and their educational experiences.

The UNCW team consists of DeVita; Mike Walker, associate vice chancellor and dean of students; Ashley Wells, assistant dean for community engagement and impact in the College of Health and Human Services; Donald Bushman, director of university studies and associate professor of English; and Lea Bullard, general education assessment coordinator in undergraduate studies.

The teams will define and develop curricular and co-curricular practices that support student engagement, advance curricular coherence and generate equitable outcomes. They will also define and strengthen processes for directly assessing student achievement of the learning outcomes that result from participation in HIPs. These assessment processes will help institutions set and monitor progress toward equity goals to improve educational outcomes for all students.

“This is an opportunity for UNCW to engage in the national conversation on HIPS and student success that will not only help us gain recognition as an institution but also help to celebrate the work being done by our faculty, staff, students and community partners,” DeVita added.

-- Venita Jenkins