High Impact Practices

are instructional modalities that facilitate students learning skills and competencies, not just content or information.

Writing-Intensive Courses (WI)
Courses are designed to improve students’ writing ability through all academic disciplines. Two writing‐intensive courses are required to graduate. Writing Intensive Certification training is available in an institute, with an online option.

Academic Service-Learning (ASL)
Class assignments that take students’ work out into the community, encouraging civic engagement. Faculty development in design and implementation occurs throughout the semester.

Learning Communities (LC)
Two courses taught by two professors and linked by a theme assist students in seeing connections between disciplines, enhancing faculty and student engagement.

Collaborative Assignments and Project (CAP)
The SWIG project (Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups) is, in effect, a virtual learning community. A SWIG experience allows students from two or more courses to create a shared student‐centered online space, in which they can share their work with others, offer audience response and constructive feedback. This intellectual forum allows each participant to offer an interdisciplinary “gift” that a fellow student can use to enhance his or her original submission.

Common Intellectual Experience (CIE)
The Common Read is a Common Intellectual Experience that promotes integrative learning across the curriculum through voluntary participation of faculty. The text chosen for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton.

Undergraduate Research (UR)
Working with faculty, students participate in current research from all of the sciences, through research courses and grant-funded undergraduate research programs, some of which provide summer stipends and opportunities for independent research. Students work on projects, attend seminars and are encouraged to present or publish their results.

Global and Diversity Learning (GDL)
Global and Diversity Learning (GDL) provides a framework for exploring multiple perspectives on viewing the interdependent world. Queensborough’s cultural resources provide opportunities for students to interact with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives and the QCC Art Gallery. The College also sponsors a study abroad seminar in Salzburg, Austria each year.