Retaining students can feel like an impossible task. There are too many variables that can lead to students dropping out before even getting the chance to succeed.
Imagine having a greater understanding of your first-year students, a strong plan of action that enhances learning, and a broad-based collaboration to execute the plan. First Year Redesign (Foundations of Excellence) gives your institution the power to unlock these resources.
Through the guided evidence-based planning process, your institution can create a more effective experience for first-year students, gain more efficient institutional resource allocation, and lead to greater gains in IPEDS first-to-second-year retention and higher graduation rates. Get started today with Foundations of Excellence First Year.
With Foundation of Excellence, First-Year, from the Gardner Institute, you can improve your institution’s first-year experience and build a better future for your students.
The Foundations of Excellence is built upon nine aspirational principles with performance indicators that help the institution evaluate its current delivery of the first college year and determine strengths and areas of concern.
These open-access dimensions provide an aspirational foundation for redesigning the first college year.
Four-year Foundational Dimensions (Spanish Version)
Our team is dedicated to supporting institutions in developing and implementing plans that work in their unique context. We provide guidance on establishing a task force, offer feedback throughout the self-study process, and support implementation to promote sustained student success. Our focus is on developing high-quality student support and academic programs to help guarantee that students are well-prepared to progress toward graduation and beyond.
An experienced and dedicated Gardner Institute advisor assigned to your institution from the onset will guide and monitor the entire process of the First-Year Redesign process.
The Inventory feature allows institutions to increase evidence-gathering about first-year students’ experiences. Data collected on first-year cohorts can inform changes in policies and programming decisions.
Quality Assessment Tools: Foundations of Excellence Faculty/Staff and Student Surveys allow university administrators to better assess the quality of their university experience, as well as pinpoint areas where changes might be needed.
The Institute’s team of data security and informatics experts provide technological support to ensure your university can run a successful and secure First-Year Redesign project.
A one-year guided evidence-based planning process institutions identify inequities and gaps in services which can lead to the development of a more effective experience for students and more efficient institutional resource allocation.
An optional second year advisory service for institutions that want additional structure and expert support from the Gardner Institute as they implement the action plan derived from the Redesign self-study process.
Now, accepting applications on a rolling basis. Your start date will be customized for your institution.
Fees are based on your institutions undergraduate enrollment as reported to College Navigator.
Email Info@gardnerinstitute.org for more information.