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)
Students Working in Interdisciplinary Group (SWIG) partners English and Remedial Reading and Writing courses with a content course to create a shared student‐centered online space, allowing students to share their work with others.

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 2014-2015 Academic Year is Until I Say Goodbye: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter.

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.