Why are HIPs beneficial for students?
“Deep approaches to learning are important because students who use these approaches tend to earn higher grades and retain, integrate, and transfer information at higher rates” (Kuh, p. 14)
Participation in HIPs improve the quality of students’ experience, learning, retention, and success, particularly for underserved students (Kuh 2008).
Research on the impact of HIPs has demonstrated positive effects on student persistence, time to degree, and increases in timely graduation (Huber 2010).
Benefits to faculty include:
- Being more fully engaged in teaching
- Real world examples/material become part of the classroom experience
- Fuller connections with community and external stakeholders
- Feeling more job satisfaction
- Deeper, richer relationships with students
- Expanding research opportunities in both the discipline and the scholarship of teaching and learning
Weber State's Approach to HIPs
Tool to promote student access and success.
Broad and inclusive definition.
Early and often.
Designate, track, assess and celebrate.
Key component of interdisciplinary programs.
Tool to Promote Access and Success
As a public institution with a commitment to ACCESS, Weber State almost has a moral urgency to promote and engage students in HIPs - especially under-represented students who stand to benefit the most.
HIPs promote student success, which is defined broadly to include learning, equitable outcomes and graduation.
As such, WSU has created centers and offices to support and promote engagement in HIPs by faculty, staff and students. Such as: OUR, CCEL, SPARC and Study Abroad.
Designate, Track, Assess and Celebrate
Designating HIPs in the curriculum and co-curriculum will help:
- Students find and participate in HIPs courses and experiences
- Students record HIPs experiences on a co-curricular transcript
- Departments, centers, and the institution track participation in HIPs and the outcomes associated with them
- Celebrate students with 3+ HIPs at graduation
- Reward HIP faculty in the rank and tenure process
- Recognize students, faculty and staff who engage HIPs with awards