VU participates in AAC&U Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

Vanderbilt University was one of 41 institutions selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2022 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

The virtual learning experience was designed to facilitate building institutional capacity to achieve quality, equity and student engagement goals through the design, implementation and assessment of active teaching and learning practices widely known as “high-impact practices.”

Vanderbilt’s team included the following staff members:

  • Amy Johnson, assistant provost for immersion and experiential learning, team leader
  • Joe Bandy, assistant director, Center for Teaching
  • Natalee Erb, director, Residential Colleges
  • Carolyn Floyd, senior director, Office of Experiential Learning and Immersion Vanderbilt
  • Melissa Mallon, associate university librarian for teaching and learning, Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries
  • Linzie Treadway, director of projects, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Drawing on evidence that demonstrates a positive relationship between student participation in high-impact practices and improved student outcomes, Vanderbilt’s team worked with leading experts and practitioners to define and develop curricular and co-curricular practices to support student engagement, advance curricular coherence and generate equitable outcomes.

“It was a privilege to participate in the AAC&U program alongside my talented staff colleagues from across campus,” Johnson said. “We appreciated the opportunity to collaborate on an action plan that will ultimately improve the equity and quality of the Vanderbilt student experience, and look forward to implementing the strategies we developed in the days to come.”