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What is a HIEE?

High Impact Educational Experiences (HIEEs) promote student learning through curricular and co-curricular activities that are intentionally designed to foster active and integrative student engagement. A critical component of each HIEE is the invaluable opportunity for each participant to:

  • Reflect on what was learned during the experience;
  • Engage in meaningful interactions with faculty, staff and peers
  • Interact with many different people and circumstances
  • Demonstrate learned and developed competence

Weber State University offers HIEEs by embedding these experiences in courses and in activities outside of the classroom. You can find these experiences by the different HIEE designations on courses and experiences.


High Impact Educational Experiences (HIEEs) contribute to teaching and learning in ways that capture the imaginations of students, faculty and staff alike. They actively engage students in the learning process. Ultimately, HIEEs set students up for success inside and outside the classroom by developing competencies that help them succeed while pursuing their academic, career, and personal goals.

Undergraduate research helped me to discover my interests and what I hope to pursue in the future.

 - Megan Faulkner

Weber State University HIEEs:

Community Engaged Learning

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Complete a community engaged learning (CEL) designated course, become a Community Engaged Leader, participate in service trips locally, nationally or internationally, and more. 

Global Learning Experiences

Expand your cultural competence and world view! 

Complete a global learning experience (GBL) designated course or venture off to another country on a Study Abroad trip.

Internship & Career Development

Get on-the-job experience and boost your resume!

Complete an internship (INT) designated course, including REAL Projects, get a job on campus or participate in other career exploration and professional development.


Discover your leadership style!

Become a student senator for your college, hold a leadership position in student government, help lead a student club or Honor Society, participate in the Emerging Leaders program, and more.

Peer Mentor/Tutor

Learn more deeply by teaching others!

Become a peer mentor or tutor or serve as a supplemental instructor for your favorite course or professor.


Address the sustainability challenges of our campus and community!

More and more courses are including sustainability-related material and many conduct sustainability-focused research. Students also have the opportunity to effect change on campus through our Sustainable Clubs.

Undergraduate Research

Discover the answers to your questions!

High impact programs (HIEE), like The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), provide support for students engaged in research, scholarly and creative endeavors by offering Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, & Creative Grants and Travel Grants.  HIEE activities under OUR include: completing a CRE-designated course, or completing a research, scholarly, or creative project.  Projects are considered completed when the research has been conducted, analyzed and disseminated.