Definition of high-impact practices

San Diego State University students have the opportunity to participate in many practices that are called, “high-impact learning or high-impact educational experiences.” Educational research (Kuh, 2008) has shown that college students from many backgrounds benefit from participating in high-impact educational activities. The activities below are identified as high-impact practices (HIPs) because students are actively engaged in the learning process and are able to apply their learning beyond the classroom to their personal and work lives.

All first generation college students are encouraged to complete at least two HIPs before graduation:

  1. First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  2. Common Intellectual Experiences
  3. Learning Communities
  4. Writing-Intensive Courses
  5. Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  6. Undergraduate Research
  7. Diversity/Global Learning
  8. Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  9. Internships
  10. Capstone Courses and Projects


Benefits of Participation in HIPs Provide Students the Opportunity to:

  • Examine and solve problems
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff, graduate students or peers
  • Experience real-world applications
  • Reflect on learning experiences
  • Improve and enhance the quality of your overall learning experience, retention, and success, particularly for underserved students
  • Improve time to earn your degree