The UW System High Impact Practices (HIPs) Initiative is a system-level priority in the UW System’s  2020FWD Framework.

“UW System will provide additional resources for professional development and technology, as well as support for high-impact practices.
Our promise is that every student will be exposed to at least two high
impact learning practices. These include internships, undergraduate research, service learning, capstone projects, and collaborative learning.”

High Impact Practices Materials

NASH TS3 HIPs Materials

UW System HIPs Initiative

HIPs contribute to the quality and value of higher education as our UW universities actively promote the concept of the Wisconsin Idea by offering learning experiences to reach beyond the boundaries of the classroom and the campus. 

HIPs assist our UW universities to prepare students for careers in the workplace and active engagement in the world through applied learning, demonstration of their learning in rich contexts of experiences and projects, and understanding of their own performance. 

In order to advance the work of the 2020FWD UW System HIPs Initiative, a systemwide launch convening took place in April 2019 to discuss what makes a HIP high impact with a focus on equity-minded HIPs. Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research & The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute Senior Scholar, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Project, was the keynote speaker.

In Fall of 2019, each university formed a workgroup of four to work on the Initiative through Spring 2021. The focus is looking at quality and equity for select high impact practices. The workgroups will convene four times to share ideas and information.


funded by the National Association of System Heads (NASH)

This two-year NASH grant focuses on scaling implementation of High Impact Practices and Equity-Minded Learning Pathways with intentional mechanisms for ensuring access to low income and under-represented minority students. The grant period is January 2018 through December 2019.

Five UW universities (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, and UW-Parkside) participated in this grant. Each university’s team developed and is implementing university plans. In addition, the five universities came together for four convenings to share ideas and information. The five universities had their last meeting in February 2020 to share final thoughts and information.