Extensive national research has identified a set of educational experiences that have particularly high value for all students. Engaging in these experiences has been shown to promote deep learning, increase student engagement, raise student performance, and increase persistence and graduation rates.

Participating in more than one of these experiences produces greater gains – think of it as a cumulative effect. And, participation has been shown to be especially beneficial for first-generation students and students from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

These experiences are referred to as “high-impact educational practices,” and there are numerous ways to take advantage of them at BU. You will notice that several of the high-impact practices have been built into the BU Hub, so that all undergraduates will experience them.  Others, however, must be sought out intentionally. Research suggests that purposefully engaging in these practices will deepen your learning, improve your overall academic performance, and increase your satisfaction with your education.

For a list and descriptions of all eleven high-impact educational practices, see the website for the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

High-Impact Educational Practices at BU