High-Impact Practices in Academic Libraries


Symposium Date: October 27, 2020

Host: Seattle Pacific University Library

Venue: Virtual (Zoom)

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Schedule and Presentations

Seattle Pacific University hosted a free half-day symposium on High-Impact Practices (HIPs) in academic libraries. The John F. Helmer Professional Development Award provided funding for this event.

High-impact educational practices, as defined by George Kuh and Carol Schneider (2008), are certain active learning practices that research shows increase rates of student engagement and student retention. 

The eleven HIPs are:

  • First-Year Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • ePortfolios
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Project
For brief descriptions of each of these high-impact practices, see AACU's High-Impact Educational Practices: A Brief Overview.

Program organizers:

  • Janet Hauck - Business & Social Sciences Librarian, Seattle Pacific University, hauckj@spu.edu 
  • Kristen Hoffman - Psychology Librarian, Seattle Pacific University, khoffman@spu.edu
  • Lynda Irons - Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Pacific University, lrirons@pacificu.edu
  • Cynthia Strong - Education Librarian, Seattle Pacific University, clstrong@spu.edu
Kuh, G. D., & Schneider, C. G. (2008). High impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them and why they matter. American Association of Colleges and Universities

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