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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 goal of the High Impact Learning initiative is to support innovative high impact learning practices in undergraduate education at Emporia State University. The initiative will support proposals that:

  • Have noticeable potential to increase student engagement in measurable ways
  • Create a sense of social responsibility and community
  • Create strong and transferable intellectual and practical experiences which enhance skills such as oral and written communication, critical analysis and problem-solving
  • Provide students an opportunity to apply both research-based and experiential knowledge and skills in real-world settings

Priority will be given to proposals that do NOT have existing means of financial support and that align with the University’s Strategic Plan. Possible ideas include but are not limited to:

  1. Experimental approaches to first year experiences
  2. Innovative ways of providing common intellectual experiences
  3. Unique learning communities
  4. Writing intensive experiences
  5. Collaborative assignments and projects
  6. New approaches to undergraduate research
  7. Diversity and global learning
  8. Service learning and community engagement
  9. New approaches to internships
  10. Capstone courses and projects of an experimental nature

Application Guidelines

  1. Proposals are limited to those directly related to undergraduate academics.
  2. Proposals that reflect experimentation and innovation are strongly encouraged. If successful, most projects will produce new information about high impact practices.
  3. Projects should be executed within an academic year. If the project(s) are successful, faculty will be encouraged to seek other sources of funding for continuance and the High Impact Learning Committee will assist in this effort.
  4. Preference will be given to projects for which there are not established sources of funding.
  5. Proposals of a multidisciplinary nature are encouraged.
  6. Proposals with the potential for cross-disciplinary application are encouraged.
  7. Applicants will understand that an end-of-project assessment report will be required which will include the participant’s input.

Application Deadline: APRIL 1, 2020

High Impact Grant Application.pdf

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

Rubric for Evaluating Proposals

  1. Overall Potential of Successful Program Impact
  2. Experimental and Innovative Nature of Proposal
  3. Probability of Producing New Information about High Impact Practices
  4. Probability of Producing Information on Cross-disciplinary Application
  5. Evaluation of Budget