SJSU Librarian Yen Tran Shares High-Impact Educational Practices
Ngoc-Yen Tran (Yen) is a Science Librarian at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA working as an academic liaison to biological sciences, chemistry, physics & astronomy, meteorology and climate science, and geology departments. Yen earned her MLIS degree from the University of Washington, and as an academic librarian, she finds herself in a unique position to be a bridge between students’ academic lives and their life outside of school to promote student engagement and success. She contributes to this mission by conducting outreach, collaborating, and developing initiatives that encourage students to participate in activities that have been shown to improve student retention and graduation rates of students from all populations. Her professional experience includes maintaining an impactful online identity, measuring or assessing research impact by discipline, communicating research impact to diverse audiences, and performing advanced bibliometric analyses to provide researchers and administrators with an in-depth understanding of scholarly productivity and emerging indicators of research impact.
In Yen’s research, she has found that when done well, High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) programs and activities have been shown to be beneficial in increasing rates of retention and engagement amongst students from many backgrounds. Therefore, it is no surprise that higher education institutions are developing activities firmly rooted in the philosophies of the HIPs. Examples of HIPs include common intellectual experiences, learning communities, and service learning. These practices are broad, and depending on the institution, they can take on many different forms or activities.
As higher education institutions of all sizes are focused on increasing retention and graduation rates and improving student engagement and learning through the usage of High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs), we welcome Yen to the Oviatt Library to share valuable insight on what HIPs are, how institutions are using them, and the impact that they already have and may have on libraries in the near-and long-term.