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Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning (C-TEL)

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High Impact Community Engagement Practices

High Impact Practices (HIP) include any teaching/learning strategies that encourage students to actively participate and engage in their learning.  C-TEL is particularly interested in promoting the use of a particular subset of High Impact Practices which incorporate community engagement as an essential element in student learning.  These are known as High Impact Community Engagement Practices (HICEPs).

What is a HICEP?

A HICEP is a project or activity that…

  • Is designed to encourage students to reflect on their connections and commitments to the communities in which they live (local, national, global).
  • Brings campus partners (faculty/staff/students) and community partners together to address specific local issues, problems, or concerns.
  • Is created and designed through the collaboration of campus partners and community partners.
  • Encourages students to integrate academic and practical knowledge.
  • Involves structured and guided reflection by students on the meaning and broader implications of the HICEP project/activity.
  • Is designed to benefit students through learning and community partners through capacity building of their organization.
  • Is designed and carried out with explicit, clearly articulated Learning Outcomes which are assessed.     

Learning Outcomes for Students Participating in HICEPs

Upon completion of a HICEP students will….

  • Connect and extend knowledge (facts, theories etc.) from their own academic study/field/discipline to civic engagement.
  • Demonstrate evidence of adjustment in their own attitudes and beliefs as a result of working within and learning from a diversity of communities and cultures.
  • Articulate a clarified sense of civic identity.
  • Demonstrate abilities in self-awareness and self-reflection.
  • Show evidence of initiative and team-leadership.
  • Tailor communication strategies to effectively express, listen, and adapt to others to establish relationships.
  • Articulate the value of public action.
  • Demonstrate ability and commitment to collaboratively work across and within community contexts and structures to achieve a civic aim.

Features of High Impact Community Engagement Projects

High Impact Community Engagement Projects ideally include an emphasis on:

  • Place-based learning that incorporates community understanding, local context, local assets and includes community voice in defining the nature of the project and the relationship.
  • Co-creation of projects and products in which community partners and campus partners (students, faculty, staff) share in status as co-educators
  • Integration of academic and practical knowledge
  • Time depth for multi-year capacity building (multi-year relationship between campus partners and community partners)
  • Development of student participants through the identification of challenges that meet their intellectual, academic and skill level.
  • Scaffolded (sequenced) projects that evolve over multiple semesters or years
  • Team -based learning in which  students and community work together to maximize learning, collaboration, and leadership
  • Reflection on the community context, broader implications, and student learning
  • Mentors who coach and guide the process through dialogue
  • Learning opportunities that are clear, collaborative, and well defined through outcomes
  • Focused around Capacity Building needs of the community partners
  • Use of Evidence-based Models for community engagement and assessment of student learning
  • Assessed for evidence of student learning and community impact

2014-2015 High Impact Community Engagement Practices

November is High Impact Practices Month:  Please go to "Our Programs" section of this site and  browse our Workshops, Webinars, and Speakers during the month of November.

Our culminating event will be a Match.com style meet and greet between Community Partners and Campus Partners so that each can begin to establish relationships for the following academic year.  Keep your eyes pealed for details.