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High-Impact Practices: Students researching in a forest.


Priorities and Actions 


Enroll all new students in first-year experience programming to ensure a successful transition to college.

  • Create a well-designed, first-year curriculum targeted at improving retention and laying the foundation for participation in high-impact practices.
  • Strategically re-engineer the first year with student-centered, centralized course array and course scheduling.
  • Design exploratory courses and programming including the introduction of discovery courses early in the curriculum.
  • Foster out-of-class engagement activities as part of the first-year experience.

Connect the curriculum and educational experiences to meaningful, relevant, and authentic contexts.

  • Provide degree completion pathways that connect with student career goals such as immediate employment, future professional training, or graduate school.
  • Design opportunities for every student to complete a structured, pre-professional experience such as an internship, planning and coordinating an on-campus or community event, clinical experiences, student teaching, or intensive faculty-mentored research or creative activity.

Increase active learning pedagogies across the curriculum.

  • Develop institution-wide professional development to support the use of active and engaging pedagogies.
  • Transform the physical arrangement of classrooms to support active learning pedagogies.

Provide multiple opportunities for all students to live what they study through immersion, internship, or research experiences.

  • Achieve the BCDT goal for 100% student participation in at least one immersion, internship, or research experience.
  • Include at least one of the three priority high-impact experiences in all four-year degree plans.
  • Create a dashboard to accurately measure student participation in high-impact practices.
  • Expand BCDT funding for high-impact practices.