High-Impact Practices Development Grant

Active learning improves student success in the areas of learning and engagement. Active learning shows particular promise in reducing achievement gaps between students of diverse backgrounds. Active learning is a broad term that is applied to a variety of practices used in the classroom to improve students' engagement. High-impact practices, as described by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), focus on specific types of learning practices that according to their research shows to have significant positive effects on student learning outcomes. The goal of the High-Impact Practices Development Grant program is to provide faculty with funds to develop and improve high-impact practices in their courses.

Program Highlights

  • All UTC faculty and staff (part-time and full-time) are eligible to apply.  Graduate teaching assistants may apply as secondary applicants.   
  • Grant applications will be considered on a monthly basis.  All application materials must be submitted by the 15th of each month.
  • Proposed projects much be a graded component of a course, produce clear deliverables, and include a final student reflection. 
  • Proposed projects must support one or more of  UTC's Strategic Plan Goals
  • The standard limit for each grant is $2000.  However, larger amounts might be considered.  Please see the grant guidelines for details. 
  • Send completed applications via email to wctl@utc.edu.  Applications that fail to use the official grant application form will not be considered. 
  • Past Grant Recipients

Grant Documents

Questions and Accommodations

Additional information about high-impact practices and characteristics of quality high-impact practices can be found on AAC&U's website

If you have questions about the program or require accommodation in applying for the grant, please contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning at 423-425-4188 or wctl@utc.edu.