Refining Teaching and Learning Through High Impact Practices
Institutions of higher education (IHE) have incorporated high-impact practices in liberal arts curricula so that students can systematically analyze the conditions that lead to racial and economic disparities in the community. High impact practices assist students achieve these learning goals through a broad range of courses and strategies from service-learning and first-year experiences to diversity learning and experiential learning (i.e., internships) (Kuh & O'Donnell, 2013). This study compares student learning outcomes for 1,500 students enrolled in general education courses that utilize service-learning, diversity learning, and experiential learning as primary pedagogical methods. Strategies that contributed to problem-solving, cultural competence, leadership skills, and civic responsibility outcomes in undergraduates are discussed.
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