High-Impact Educational Practices (HIEPs)

What is an HIEP?

High impact educational practices (HIEPs) are:

  • intentional pedagogical approaches
  • that produce strong and enduring impacts on students’ progress
  • toward significant learning outcomes.  

They are characterized by engaging, student-centered, inquiry-driven educational experiences that set high expectations.  

At FAU, we have defined a HIEP as…  A learning experience that is specifically tailored/geared toward engaging students in meaningful educational experiences


  • Are intentional
  • Are appropriate educational activities
  • Promote curiosity and higher-level activity
  • Lead to fulfillment
  • Thrive with change
  • Provide self-directed opportunities to a defined outcome
  • Are relevant and meaningful
  • Are engaging, enriching learning experiences
  • Require reflection
  • Have an opportunity for application of what is being learned
  • Allow for “deep learning” 
Examples of HIEPs

From  High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, by George D. Kuh (AAC&U, 2008)

  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects
Why are HIEPs effective?
  • Students see connections between different courses as they integrate and synthesize material
  • Students can apply what they learn in class (relevance)
  • Students tend to talk about substantive matters outside of class with faculty and peers
  • “Deep Learning”
  • “Student engagement”
  • Students typically invest more time and effort in projects/assignments
What HIEPs are currently implemented at FAU?
Resources: FAU Colleagues you can speak to about implementing HIEPs in your classes

In addition to the FAU resources listed above, The Scholarship of Teaching Office and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry within the Center for Teaching and Learning supported a Faculty Learning Community in 2013-2014 titled: Integrating Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (URI) and other High-Impact Educational Practices (HIEPs) in First-Year Student Learning Community (LC) Programs

The eight FLC participants are all available to serve as resources to you as you consider implementing HIEPs within your courses. Please feel free to click on their names to contact them and/or click on their learning community title in order to see the HIEP project that they developed.