About Student Engagement

If you’re an NC State student, you’ve already proven that you’ve got what it takes to succeed at a premier research university. But if you want to get the most out of your education, you need to do more than go to class and take tests. The most successful students are the ones who take advantage of high-impact educational opportunities.

These educational activities are designated “high impact” because studies have shown that students who participate in them do better in school. The original research proving the effectiveness of high-impact education was collected in a report titled High-Impact Educational Practices, written by education professor George D. Kuh and published in 2008 by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.

In the report, Kuh shows that activities you’ve heard of many times before — such as study abroad, internships, service learning and undergraduate research — provide more than fun and enrichment. They also give the students who participate in them a better chance of succeeding at college, as measured by grade point average and retention in school. In other words, these activities have a high — and positive — impact on student success.

NC State is dedicated to helping every student succeed to the best of their ability, so we’re making a major effort to encourage students to participate in high-impact educational activities. In the hands-on, globalized world of the 21st century, the successful student will be, above all, engaged.

To learn more about high-impact education at NC State, contact Mike Giancola, associate vice provost for student leadership and engagement, at mcgianco@ncsu.edu.