Past Institutes and Workshops
Past institute — Hosted March 29 - 31, 2015

2015 High-Impact Practices Institute

The Center for Community College Student Engagement will host the 2015 High-Impact Practices Institute March 29–31, 2015, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico, just steps from historic landmarks. Before logging into registration for the Institute, please review all of the information on this page.



The High-Impact Practices Institute is a 2 ½-day intensive, hands-on learning event for cross-functional leadership teams from colleges that have participated in a recent Center survey administration. The overarching purpose of the Institute is to engage college leadership in an in-depth review and discussion of institutional policies and practices specifically aimed at substantially improving student success, in conjunction with student cohort and Center survey data. Teams will interact with colleagues from the Center, nationally-recognized speakers, and resident faculty. This focus will result in development of a short-term action plan to support colleges’ continuing work toward accomplishment of a data-informed and evidence-based student success agenda.

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Colleges that register a team by September 30, 2014, will receive a $500 discount on the team price.

The regular $7,500 team price (for 3–5 people) covers the following:

  • registration fees
  • 2 nights (March 29 and March 30) in individual rooms at the Eldorado Hotel for each participant
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 reception, and several coffee and snack breaks for each participant
  • expert assistance from Resident Faculty
  • data facilitators to answer questions about survey results
  • strategy and action-planning sessions
  • all meeting materials

Depending on space availability, a college may request to add a sixth team member for an additional $1,400.

Invoices will be sent electronically to the college president. In order to secure the team’s spot at the Institute, full payment is due to the Center by the date stated on invoice.

Cancellation Policy

Because the Institute is an invitation-only event, with a stringent limit on the number of participating colleges that can be accommodated, the following payment and cancellation policy has been established:

By October 31 80% refund
November 1 - 30 75% refund
December 1 - January 15 50% refund
After January 15 no refunds available

The Center must receive the cancellation notice in writing.

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As outlined in the Pricing section above, the Center will use the team price paid by the college to cover various onsite expenses for each participant, including Institute registration, a two-night stay at the hotel, meeting materials, and some meals. The college is responsible for arranging travel and covering travel expenses for each participant.

Hotel reservations for March 29 and 30 will be arranged by the Center for those who are registered. There is no action needed from registered participants to secure hotel rooms for those two nights.

However, if you wish to extend your stay, the Eldorado Hotel has set up links where you can make your own reservations for additional nights. The hotel is offering participants the discounted conference rate of $175 per night before and after the Institute—based on availability. To make reservations for March 26, 27, or 28, click here. To make reservations for March 31, April 1, or 2, click here. Hotel reservations staff will make every effort to merge additional reservations with Institute-managed reservations to ensure guests remain in the same room throughout their stay.

Please keep in mind that although the Center is taking care of everyone’s room nights March 29 and 30, the hotel will still require a major credit card from each guest upon check-in. Individual participants are responsible for any incidental costs, as well as for lodging on additional nights.

If you have questions regarding the hotel, please contact the Center at or 512-232-6458--->.

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Space at the Institute is limited. Registrations will be accepted based on certain eligibility requirements and then on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Each participating college is invited to send one team of up to five people (minimum of three people) to the Institute. The recommended composition for teams follows:

  • president *college CEOs are strongly encouraged to attend*
  • chief academic officer
  • chief student services officer
  • lead institutional researcher or institutional effectiveness director
  • faculty leader

At the time of registration, one person from each college team must be designated as the Team Facilitator. This person will serve as the primary contact for the Institute and will be responsible for organizing the team's completion of advance work.

In order to access registration an institutional username and password is required.

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Center no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

Registration is now closed.

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Pre-Institute Homework

In preparation for the meeting, teams are required to complete pre-Institute homework, including structured review of student cohort data and student engagement survey results. The homework is designed to complement and further colleges’ current student success initiatives. Assignment templates and due dates will be sent to Team Facilitators.

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Proceeds may be used in general support of the Program in Higher Education Leadership and the College of Education.
Center for Community College Student Engagement
—a Service and Research Initiative—
Program in Higher Education Leadership | Department of Educational Leadership and Policy  | College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin
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