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High Impact Learning

High Impact Learning initiatives support innovative practices in undergraduate education.

High-impact learning experiences are a hallmark of getting an education from Emporia State University. Students gain hands-on experience they can only get out of the classroom. For example, Hornets have access to state-of-the-art equipment, faculty/student research opportunities, and class projects like virtual reality solutions for area businesses or developing and leading community service efforts.

Faculty High-Impact Learning Experience Submission Information

Vision Statement

The purpose of the high-impact grant program is to provide teaching faculty with resources that will allow them to offer unique and innovative high-impact learned experiences to students. This program will support proposals that:

  • Provide learning experiences to students that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than typical educational experiences provide.
  • Increase student engagement in measurable ways.
  • Provide opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
  • Empower students and faculty to share in the process of teaching and learning.
  • Do NOT routinely have existing means of financial support. Align with the University's Strategic Plan.

Application Guidelines

  1. While proposals will be accepted from faculty who teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, priority will be given to proposals centering on the high-impact learning of undergraduates.
  2. Proposals must include strategies that directly impact the teaching and learning of students.
  3. Proposals that include unique and experimental strategies with the potential to generate new knowledge about high-impact teaching strategies of students will be given priority.
  4. Proposals must include a budget consisting of expenses consistent with ESU's financial policies.
  5. Projects should be completed within an academic year.
  6. While new proposals will receive priority, some funds may be provided to previously funded projects.
  7. Proposals should not request funding for activities and materials that have existing means of support.
  8. Applicants must submit an end-of-project assessment report that includes data measuring the student learning that occurred.

Application Deadline: APRIL 19, 2021

High Impact Grant Application.pdf

Submit Completed Applications to Jackie Lutz (
Associate Provost Office
Campus Box 4045

High Impact Learning Proposal Scoring Rubric

  1. Does the proposal provide evidence of a high-impact learning experience?
  2. Does the proposal focus directly on the learning of students?
  3. Does the proposal seem feasible?
  4. Is the proposal innovative and likely to generate new ideas about high-impact teaching and learning?
  5. Does the proposal align with published guidelines?
  6. Is the budget reasonable and does it conform with university policy?