Application Details and Expectations

Who should apply

  • Faculty and staff engaged in high-impact practices around first-year experiences, such as those listed in the research topics section.
  • Applicants from Christian colleges and universities
  • Christian scholars from other institutions of higher education

More than one person per institution may apply if institutional representatives are interested in different research areas. Upon acceptance into the program, each participant will be named a High-Impact Scholar. 

What to Expect

  • The cohort model allows for partnership between participants and institutions addressing common issues on their campuses. We encourage cross-institution collaboration as we work to develop, implement and assess high-impact practices in Christian higher education.
  • The first workshop will review the landscape of first-year experiences in higher education, formulate key questions, consider participants’ institutional contexts, and begin to develop research questions and methodologies.
  • The second workshop will focus on research design and connecting each project to larger themes in Christian higher education.
  • In addition to workshops, scholars will meet for three online check-ins in March 2021, November 2021 and March 2022.
  • High-Impact Scholars will present their findings at a national conference held in Abilene in Fall 2022. Scholars will have the opportunity to submit their work to be considered for inclusion in an edited volume published by ACU Press.

Expectations for Participants

  • Scholars will be required to attend each workshop and participate in the on-line check-ins. In addition, participants will be responsible for conducting and facilitating the research on their own campuses, including IRB applications and other appropriate permissions, if necessary. Scholars are expected to present their findings at the national conference in Fall 2022.

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