High Impact Practices

Champion: Kevin Vichcales, dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Team Members

  • Dr. Kevin Vichcales, dean, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Susan Hall, professor in the Dreeben School of Education and the Director of UIW'sCenter for Teaching and Learning
  • Dr. Veronica Acosta, professor of Biology
  • Dr. Anna Wandless-Hagendorf, interim associate provost, Research and Graduate Education, and director, Research and Sponsored Projects Operations
  • Dr. Adrienne Ambrose, assistant professor of Religious Studies
  • Jessica Wilson, director, Career Services
  • Dr. Randall Griffiths, associate professor and director, Sport Management program

Vision Statement

Achieve excellence in UIW’s undergraduate educational program by providing students several High Impact Educational Practices (HIEP) options as part of their academic experience.


High Impact Educational Practices (HIEP) are evidence-based strategies that engage and challenge students in ways that develop their self-awareness and ability to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. HIEPs are embedded in a liberal education to provide students with broad knowledge of the world as well as in-depth study of a specific area of interest. “A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.” (American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Strategic Goals

  • Implement 1st year seminar for all matriculating FTIC students by Fall 2020 [Assumption - 1,000 FTIC students annually].
  • Secure Title V grant to support mentoring by Fall 2019.
  • Implement a structured internship tracking process by Spring 2020.
  • Increase the number of Learning Communities (LCs) from approximately 18 to 50 by Fall 2021 to ensure that all matriculating FTIC students enroll into a Learning Community [Assumption - 1,000 FTIC students annually].