Initiatives: High-impact Practices

While all of our good technology-centered work is underway, we need to be concerned about not losing sight of the "good things" about face-to-face learning experiences as well. Moving forward, it will be important to identify and articulate the “value add” of the residential experience, then design intentional programs around those advantages.

USM institutions are actively exploring undergraduate research opportunities, living/learning communities, classes run in residence halls, small group collaboration, interdisciplinary programs, and experiential and service learning.

Our Work in High-impact Practices

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June 11, 2018

In Fall 2017, the Kirwan Center assembled a leadership team made up of representatives from four USM institutions to help advance system-wide efforts to scale, sustain, and assess High-Impact Practices (HIPs). The team will spend a year building capacity within its institutions to track student participation in HIPs, adapt and use emerging quality frameworks associated with HIPs, and assess the individual and cumulative impact of HIPs on student retention/progression/completion and on student learning.

Each of the institutional leaders formed teams in Spring 2018 to conduct an inventory of existing HIPs at their institutions using a common matrix, which will help determine areas to target capacity building efforts going forward.

April 8, 2014

Living Learning Communities (LLC) and specialized living options offer first year students the opportunity to live with other first year students who have a similar interest. LLC students have the opportunity to be part of an engaged learning community that goes beyond the traditional classroom experience.

November 14, 2013

Scheduled for completion in 2016, the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center (ESJ) will accommodate 2,000 students in multiple classrooms ranging in size from 80 to 320 seats. All spaces will be equipped with the latest classroom technologies designed for active learning even in the largest lecture halls.