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Honors High Impact Learning Experiences

The Weber Honors College is focused on high-impact learning or high-impact educational experiences. High-impact learning occurs when students are actively engaged in the educational process, when their learning goes beyond the classroom to be applied in their personal and work lives. In a high-impact learning experience, students actively pose and solve problems, work collaboratively in a community of peers, experience real-world applications of knowledge, and reflect on their learning. Students engaged in high-impact learning often see improvement in grade point averages, gain their degrees more quickly, and are more engaged in their education. The Weber Honors College is committed to providing high-impact learning experiences to all students at all levels, across the whole curriculum.


The Weber Honors College has been designed intentionally to engage students in high-impact learning. The following high-impact learning experiences are embedded in the Weber Honors College:

Alumni Spotlight

Renee Payne, 2011 Honors Graduate


Renee Payne

Since graduating from San Diego State, I have completed my Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and landed a job working in Human Resources at Google, where I am able to apply my skills and knowledge in the field of workplace behavior and organizational psychology. My experience with Honors, particularly studying abroad in Singapore, taking several small, interdisciplinary seminars, and conducting research, prepared me very well for graduate school, which then helped me land a great job at an incredible company.