UHD hosted the High-Impact Practices Showcase Thursday, April 26, to highlight the experiences and projects of more than 150 individuals across the university.
According to UHD President Dr. William Flores, “to continue the university’s commitment to providing high-impact experiences for students, an extensive university-wide study was recently conducted to measure the number of high-impact experiences students encounter at UHD, and the number of students affected. We found that over 7,500 students have been involved in these encounters, and that they are taking place across all colleges at UHD. We’ve learned that these experiences occur every semester and are increasing over time, and we’ve found that they are available to students in all educational delivery modes, with approximately 75% occurring in face-to-face mode.”
Most importantly, we have measured that the impact made on our students is life-changing. Outcomes indicate that these experiences aid students in investing more time and effort in their educational experiences; they receive more meaningful interactions and are more engaged in working with people who are different than themselves. The overall impact is increased achievement in course outcomes and retention.”
Chuck Jackson, associate professor of English, attended the showcase to present the high-impact experiences students received in his English 1301 and 1302 classes.
“At the HIP showcase, I shared the interactive, workshop-style approaches I use to teach academic research and writing, explained the culture of high expectations that develops in the classes, and presented my colleagues with the achievements of students,” Jackson said.
Noel Bezette, assistant dean of the College of Public Service, invited three students from her department to present information on their experiences with high-impact practices.
“I invited students who each had worked on a different sustainable service project and it was very exciting for them to relay their experiences directly to faculty, staff and administrators,” she said.
This event was an invaluable experience for the university community to learn more about the ways UHD is challenging its students and making education a transformative experience.