Taking High-Impact Practices to the Next Level: Ensuring Quality, Access, and Equity

The Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation invites USM institutions to send a team to Taking High-Impact Practices to the Next Level: Ensuring Quality, Access, and Equity on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Dorsey Station campus of University of Maryland Global Campus. 

The convening will bring together institutional teams of faculty and staff (ideally from across academic and student affairs) to share current efforts related to high-impact practices; tackle “tough issues” related to scale, equity, resources, and assessment; and leverage cross-institutional knowledge and expertise. While specific HIPs will be referenced, the focus will be on issues that cut across particular HIPs. Teams will work on action plans for advancing their own HIPs efforts and help the Kirwan Center identify areas of cross-institutional interest.

Ken O’Donnell, vice provost at California State University-Dominguez Hills, will be joining us as our keynote speaker. Ken is one of the founders of the national “HIPs in the States” community of practice, which has focused attention on issues of HIPs quality, access, and equity at state colleges and universities. See his bio in the Speaker section. 


Dorsey Station campus of University of Maryland Global Campus (formerly UMUC)

6865 Deerpath Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075


No cost to attend.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Registration and Light Breakfast | Room 2138
9:00 a.m.– 9:10 a.m.Welcome and Overview of the Day | Room 2138
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs): What They Are and Why They Matter| Room 2138
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Taking HIPs to Scale: The State of the Field | Room 2138
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.Institutional Team Time | Room 2138
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Break and Transition to Concurrent Sessions
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.Concurrent Sessions | Rooms 2138, 2130, 2128
11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Institutional Team Time | Room 2138
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.Lunch and Panel: Organizing for the Task | Room 2138
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Break and Transition to Cross-Institutional Exchanges 
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Cross-Institutional Exchanges | Rooms 2138, 2130, 2128
2:45 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.Institutional Team Time | Room 2138
3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Action Plan Debrief and Wrap Up | Room 2138
Ken O'Donnell
Vice Provost at California State University, Dominguez Hills

Ken O’Donnell will be the keynote speaker for this event. Ken is Vice Provost at California State University, Dominguez Hills. CSUDH is a Master’s Public institution serving 13,000 students, around three-quarters from historically underserved minority populations and/or eligible for federal financial aid. O’Donnell oversees accreditation, assessment of student learning, and program review within the office of the provost. Part of his work has focused on connecting student success efforts and high-impact educational practices across the divisions of academic affairs, information technology, business & finance, and student affairs. 

Before coming to CSUDH, O’Donnell was Senior Director of Student Engagement at the California State University System, Office of the Chancellor, leading system-wide offices and projects to strengthen STEM education, community engagement, transfer and articulation, and general education, all toward improving learning and persistence and closing achievement gaps. O’Donnell co-authored the 2013 AAC&U publication, Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale with George Kuh, and with Kuh and Carol Geary Schneider published the reflection piece “HIPs at Ten” in Change magazine in 2017. 

Ken has addressed numerous conferences and workshops around the country on the intersections between deep learning and student success, the benefits of locating college learning in real-world contexts, and the role of public state systems in educational reform. Before coming to the CSU, Ken was a member of the screenwriting faculty and an assistant dean at the film school at Chapman University. He holds an MFA in film from USC and a BA in French from Northwestern University. 


Registration is now closed, please contact us at cai@usmd.edu


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