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UIC Impact is the University of Illinois at Chicago’s commitment that all students will have the opportunity to apply their learning to real world challenges through high-impact engagement. UIC Impact has adapted the high-impact practices from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Kuh (2008) details ten High Impact Practices(HIPs)that were shown to cause higher retention rates in students who chose to participate in them. Kuh (2008) also found that students who participated in at least two HIPs were more successful in their initial steps after college, and that students who come from underserved backgrounds experienced even greater positive impacts from HIPs.

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Though Kuh (2008) details certain HIPs, scholars agree that this list is not finite, and that all programs on the list aren’t automatically considered high impact practices. To further detail what makes an experience a High Impact Practice Kuh & O’Donnell (2013) further details 8 key characteristics of High Impact Practices. They Include:

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Performance expectations set at appropriately high levels
Significant investment of time and effort by students over an extended period of time
Interactions with faculty and peers about substantive matters
Experiences with diversity, wherein students are exposed to and must contend with people and circumstances that differ from these which students are familiar
Frequent, timely, and constructive feedback
Periodic, structured opportunities to reflect and integrate learning
Opportunities to discover relevance of learning through real-world applications
Public demonstration of competence.

Kinzie et al (2020) further found that High Impact Practices need not have all 8 characteristics to be considered HIPs. But that if the experiences at least included 4 of the 8 keys, they experience would easily meet the rigor required to be considered a HIP.

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Host a UIC Impact Engagement Experience!

To be considered a UIC Impact engagement opportunity, programs at minimum must:

  • Identify a least one of the listed Areas of Concentration
  • Require a commitment of at least 50 hours of engagement from participants
  • Include a reflective component that helps participants make meaning of the experience (Reflections must feature complex synthesis of information and connections of the engagement experience to career goals, future plans, or societal impact.)

UIC Impact Engagement Opportunities include: Service Learning Courses, Capstone Classes or Projects, Classes requiring thesis, Any sustained research project with deep involvement from students, Serving as a leader in a student organization or student-run project/long-term event, Study Abroad, Classes coupled with a ‘learning abroad’ component, Internships, Student Employment

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a. Kinzie, J., McCormick, A.C., Goneya, R.M., Dugan, B., Silberstein, S. (2020) Assessing Quality and Equity in High-Impact Practices: Comprehensive Report. Bloomington, IN.

b. Kuh, G.(2008).High impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter.Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

c. Kuh, G., O’Donnell, K (2013) Ensuring quality & taking high-impact practices to scale.Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges & Universities.

d. Womble, A. (2021) “Everything I Did Was Black. That’s What I Was There For.”: A Critical Grounded Theory of the Development of Student Leaders with Historically Marginalized Identities(Doctoral Dissertation) Retrieved From ProQuest.