Office of High-Impact Practices, Academic Affairs
Lillard Administration Building, Room 216
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034-5209
Phone: 405-974-5086
Fax: 405-974-3825

Welcome to the Office of High-Impact Practices

Ever wondered what all the excitement about undergraduate research is all about? Maybe you are thinking of your first major research project but you don’t know where to start?

The Office of High-Impact Practices (OHIP) supports and encourages student engagement in learning that requires effort, builds substantive relationships, and provides opportunities for meaningful feedback and reflection. By facilitating undergraduate involvement in research, creative, and scholarly activities in all fields, the office encourages students and faculty to engage in problem solving, collaborative projects, writing-intensive assignments, and real-world application of knowledge across the entire curriculum.



Michael S. Springer, Ph.D.

Director, Office of High-Impact Practices


Dr. Michael Springer is a strong supporter of undergraduate research and student success through high-impact practices. He is a UCO Professor of History and Geography, earned a doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a master’s in History from Portland State University, and a bachelor’s in Telecommunications and Film from the University of Oregon.

Dr. Springer is committed to expanding undergraduate research opportunities for all students. In addition to his work at the University of Central Oklahoma, Dr. Springer serves on the steering committee for the Oklahoma State Regents’ for Higher Education Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference, an annual state-wide event that brings administrators, faculty, and staff together to share best practices. He serves as an elected councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research, and part of his duties include chairing the Program Review Committee.




Dana Jackson-Hardwick

Assistant Director, Office of High-Impact Practices


Dana Jackson-Hardwick is currently the Assistant Director of the Office of High-Impact Practices at UCO where she’s committed to providing undergraduate research experiences to all students. She manages a number of grant programs including the Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activity and Undergraduate Research Abroad grant programs. She played a key role in launching 1890: A Journal of Undergraduate Research and is the founding advisor for the Central Undergraduate Research Board, a student advisory board.

In addition to these duties she organizes student participation in research events and has taken students to present at Oklahoma Research Day, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and the World Congress on Undergraduate Research.  Dana has a Masters of Arts degree in European History from UCO and a Bachelors of Arts degree in American History from the University of Oklahoma.


High-impact practices are student-centered and faculty driven teaching and learning methods, where instructors actively engage students (Kuh, 2008). Through engagement in in their learning, students see increased success in the university. It is these practices that are highlighted in UCO’s Central Six and Transformative Learning mission.

High-impact practices are occurring every day across the UCO campus. Below are some highlights of the initiatives:

Undergraduate Research at UCO

The Office of High-Impact Practices mission is to promote a sustainable culture of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities at UCO. Learn more about our initiatives including the Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities (RCSA) Grant Program.

Global Learning

The UCO Centre for Global Competence (CGC) is committed to provide exciting education abroad programs such as international internships, short term study tour courses, and meaningful study abroad programs in more than 21 countries in various parts of the world.

Volunteer and Service Learning

The UCO Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) provides students with opportunities participate in field based experiential learning for the UCO, Edmond, and OKC Metro communities. Students are able to gain direct experience with issues in the community and work to solve and analyze problems.