Augustana Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching

High Impact Practices in Higher Education:
Research and Application

Camrose, Alberta, Canada
May 14 - 15, 2019

The Association of American Colleges and Universities identifies ten High-Impact Practices (HIPs), ranging from First-Year Seminars (FYS) to Writing Intensive Courses. HIPs share several characteristics: they facilitate learning outside the classroom, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and require meaningful interactions with faculty and students. The ACURIT conference is itself a HIP, with its focus on undergraduate research and its promotion of interactions between professors and students.

Attendees of the 2017 Joint AIBA/ACURIT conference

This year ACURIT brings together academics, experts, teachers and students to talk about their expertise and experience with HIPs. Teaching faculty are encouraged to share either their educational research on HIP or their own implementation of HIPs. These could include first-year seminars and experiences, the use of learning communities, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, service and community-based learning, and capstones. Participants are also encouraged to share other practices that could be classified as “high impact.” Students may propose to present their undergraduate research or reflect on their experiences with high impact practices. Proposals for individual papers, panels, and workshops are

We strongly encourage participants to include students’ perspectives and students as co-authors for their presentations.

ACURIT is a small, intimate conference. The aim of the conference is to create discussion and dialogue amongst scholars and students coming from a variety of academic backgrounds. There are no parallel sessions.

Proposal instructions: Maximum of 250 word abstract in a single paragraph outlining the topic of your presentation or workshop. As this is an interdisciplinary conference, abstracts should be written in non-specialized language and for a general audience. If proposing a workshop, indicate what activities the participants will do. Be sure to list all co-authors, their affiliations and respective emails in your submission. Students and faculty are encouraged to combine or coordinate their presentations.

Complete the Proposal Submission Form by December 31, 2018. Abstracts will be reviewed after this date and a member of the planning committee will contact you with our decision by mid-January 2019.


All participants are welcome to attend the conference May 14 - 15, 2019.


The conference will be held at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. More information.

Other information:

About Augustana
About the U of A
About Camrose