Goal 10: Ensure that all students are afforded structured opportunities to engage in High-Impact Educational Practices. (Target: 2020)
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) has identified eleven High-Impact Educational Practices (HIP) here that have been widely tested and shown to be beneficial for college students, particularly those from underserved backgrounds. Several of the identified practices (e.g., undergraduate research, service learning, internships) have been components of the Gonzaga learning experience for a number of years, but were not necessarily available to or accessed by all students. The revision of the University Core Curriculum in 2016-17 incorporated the following HIPs to ensure that all students have multiple structured opportunities to engage in them:
- HIP #1: First-year Seminars (FYS) and Experiences: All Gonzaga students entering under the new core curriculum (2016-17 or later) are required to complete an FYS. According to the AACU, “The highest quality first-year experiences place a strong emphasis on critical inquiry, frequent writing, information literacy, collaborative learning, and other skills that develop students’ intellectual and practical competencies” (Kuh & O’Donnell, 2013). Gonzaga’s FYS’s were designed around these areas of emphasis.
- HIP #2: Common Intellectual Experiences: The new core curriculum was designed around an overarching question, with yearly themes and questions, to promote both vertical and horizontal integration to enhance a common intellectual experience for all students, regardless of major.
- HIP #4: Writing-Intensive Courses: As part of the requirements for the new university core, Gonzaga students must complete three courses designated as “writing-enriched.”
- HIP #7: Diversity/Global Learning: As part of the requirements for the new university core, Gonzaga students must complete two courses designated as “global studies.”
- HIP #11: Capstone Courses and Projects: All Gonzaga students entering under the new core curriculum (2016-17 or later) are required to complete a Core Integration Seminar (i.e., core capstone). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course focuses on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving,
In addition, several HIPs are currently woven within Gonzaga University’s Strategic Commitments 2 and 3 and include:
HIP#6 Undergraduate Research - Commitment 2: Goal 2
HIP#7 Diversity/Global Learning – Commitment 2: Goal 9 and Commitment 3: Goal 2 and 3
HIP#9 Service Learning, Community-Based Learning – Commitment 3: Goal 9
HIP#10 Internships – Commitment 3: Goal 4.