High Impact Practices and their Fellows
Service-learning is an integral part of life at Pellissippi State. Through PSCC parnterships, with over 150 local non-profits, students volunteer to serve others and become active, engaged citizens. Service-learning is a vital way for students to connect with out community. Instructors who add a Service-learning component to their class help connect curriculum to real-world situations, encourage collaborative learning, and often see improved academic performance.
Global and Diversity Learning
“Many colleges and universities now emphasize courses and programs that help students explore cultures, life experiences, and worldviews different from their own. These studies – which may address U.S. diversity, world cultures, or both – often explore “difficult differences” such as racial, ethnic, and gender inequality, or continuing struggles around the globe for human rights, freedom, and power. Frequently, intercultural studies are augmented by experiential learning in the community and/or by study abroad.” (from the Assoc. of American Colleges & Universities High Impact Educational Practices, 5-18-18)
Mobile and Emerging Technology
The mobile and emerging technology high impact practice is leveraging various forms of technology inside and outside of the classroom to enhance teaching and increase student engagement. This type of technology is any electronic tool, system, device, or resource that facilitates learning and can improve student performance. A large part of this high impact practice is the exploration of best practices for the already existing technologies and the technologies that are to come. This is a continually growing practice as technology advances and how our students experience technology prior to coming to Pellissippi changes in both their home environments and/or the local k-12 systems.
The first-year experience high impact practice supports activities intended to enhance the academic and social integration of first-year students by introducing them to essential skills for college success through a supportive campus community comprised of faculty, staff, and peers.