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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement UCORE Assessment

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High-Impact Practices at WSU

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Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated “high-impact.” High-Impact Practices (HIPs) share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback.

The UCORE curriculum provides a number of opportunities for participation in high-impact practices, including the including the senior capstone experience course [CAPS] requirement, along with other experiences as appropriate to the course and discipline.

At WSU, seniors are asked about their participation in six HIPs (service learning, learning communities, research with faculty, internship or field experiences, study abroad, and culminating senior experiences) every other spring as part of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). 

Figure showing the percentage of WSU seniors participating in high-impact practices from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). In 2021, 84% of seniors reported that they completed or planned to complete a culminating senior experience, 70% completed or planned to complete an internship, 58% completed service learning, 31% completed or planned to complete a learning community, 30% completed or planned to complete undergraduate research, and 14% completed or planned to complete study abroad.

WSU Resources

For more information about HIP opportunities at WSU, see: