High Impact Practices (HIPS)

Learning Communities

Learning Communities at Southwest involve co-enrollment of students in at least two classes per semester. The curricula of these courses are intentionally linked through faculty collaboration.

Contact Information

Email: hipi@southwest.tn.edu

Coordinator: Position Vacant
Phone: 901-333-4540

First-Year Seminar/Experience

First-Year Seminars/Experience at Southwest is designed to attract and retain Southwest students. It provides wrap-around support and experiences, introducing them to essential skills for college success and fostering a sense of belonging through a supportive campus community of faculty, staff and peers. ACAD 1100 Academic Success Seminar, is a college-level course that counts for three credit hours. It functions as a continuation of new student orientation provided by Academic Advising. It acquaints students with the habits of the successful college student and in particular those of the successful Southwest student.

Contact Information

Email: hipi@southwest.tn.edu

Coordinator: Position Vacant
Phone: 901-333-6023

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning at Southwest is credit-bearing experience that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills developed in a professional setting. Internships, practicums, clinicals, co-ops and similar experiences are integrated with a class or related to a major field of study.

Contact Information

Email: hipi@southwest.tn.edu

Coordinator: Barbara Lloyd
Phone: 901-333-5672

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research at Southwest is an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual, scholarly activity or creative contribution to the discipline. For this work, the student receives academic credit either through a course or independent study.

Contact Information

Email: hipi@southwest.tn.edu

Coordinator: Position Vacant
Phone: 901-333-5226

Technology Enhanced Learning

Technology Enhance Learning involves instructional practices that leverage digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. (Digital technology is any electronic tool, system, device or resource that facilitates learning and improves student performance. Examples include, but are not limited to, social media, online games, multimedia, productivity applications, cloud computing, interoperable systems, and mobile devices. Digital technologies can be used to increase engagement, encourage collaboration, deliver support, and increase awareness and understanding.)

Contact Information

Email: hipi@southwest.tn.edu

Contact: Position Vacant
Phone: 901-333-4407

International Studies

International Studies at Southwest is a credit-bearing experience incorporated into general education or college core requirements for a certificate or degree program. Curriculum includes field-based ‘experiential learning’ in locations outside the United States with an emphasis on inter-cultural understanding and communication. Students apply what they are learning in a real-world setting and reflect on their experiences abroad as part of the course requirements.

Contact Information

Location: Macon Cove Campus Academic Building Wing B, Room 139
Phone: 901-333-4087
Fax: 901-333-4263

Location: Union Avenue Campus B Building, Room 221
Phone: 901-333-5268
Fax: 901-333-5222

Email: internationalstudies@

Assistant: Position Vacant

Coordinator: Jessica Miller


Certifications are identifiers that a student has completed a qualification for an industry or a particular skill area. Certifications refer to credit-bearing courses that enables a student to take an assessment leading to industry-recognized certification.

Contact Information

Email: hipi@southwest.tn.edu
: (901) 333-4407
Fax: (901) 333-4055

High Impact Practices and Innovation (HIPI) Office

Macon Cove Campus, Academic Building B, Room 139


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