Celebrate 50 Years
First Year Experience

Foundations of Excellence® at IPFW

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Campus Liaisons:  Rachelle Darabi , Director of Academic Success Programs and Kathleen O’Connell , Assistant Vice Chancellor of Faculty Affairs 

Foundations of Excellence
(FOE) is a comprehensive, externally guided self-study and improvement process for the first year that enhances an institution's ability to realize its goals for student learning, success, and persistence. The centerpiece of Foundations of Excellence is a model for first-year excellence comprised of a set of principles that are termed Foundational Dimensions®. These Dimensions, developed by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and vetted by over 300 four- and two-year institutions, guide measurement of institutional efforts and provide an aspirational model for the entirety of the beginning college experience from initial contact with potential students through admissions, orientation, and all first-year curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Foundational Dimensions

Foundational Dimensions statements constitute a model that provides institutions with a means to evaluate and improve the first year of college. As an evaluation tool, the model enables institutions both to confirm their strengths and to recognize the need for improvement. As an aspirational model, the Dimensions provide general guidelines for an intentional design of the first year. The Dimensions rest on four assumptions:

  • The academic mission of an institution is preeminent;
  • The first college year is central to the achievement of an institution’s mission and lays the foundation on which undergraduate education is built;
  • Systematic evidence provides validation of the Dimensions;
  • Collectively, the Dimensions constitute an ideal for improving not only the first college year, but also the entire undergraduate experience.

FOE Teams at IPFW
Philosophy
Organization
Learning
Faculty
Transitions
All Students
Diversity
Roles and Purposes
Improvements

2006-2007 Four-Year National Select Cohort

 

Institution

City

State

 

Ball State University

Muncie

IN

 

Berea College

Berea

KY

 

California State University, Bakersfield

Bakersfield

CA

 

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant

MI

 

Florida Southern College

Lakeland

FL

 

Gallaudet University

Washington

DC

 

Georgian Court University

Lakewood

NJ

 

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne

IN

 

Old Dominion University

Norfolk

VA

 

Reinhardt College

Waleska

GA

 

Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock

PA

 

Southern Oregon University

Ashland

OR

 

State University of New York, Fredonia

Fredonia

NY

 

Texas A&M International University

Laredo

TX

 

University of South Carolina Upstate

Spartanburg

SC

 

University of South Dakota

Vermillion

SD

 

University of Toledo

Toledo

OH

 

West Virginia University

Morgantown

WV

 

Western Illinois University

Macomb

IL

FOE Final Report

 

LIST OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Development of First Year Philosophy
  2. Formation of First Year Council, consisting of:
    1. First-Year Council Steering Committee
    2. First-Year Curriculum Committee
    3. First-Year Orientation Committee
    4. First-Year Advising Committee
    5. First-Year Community Committee
  3. Development of the Academic Success Center, consisting of:
    1. Center for Academic Support and Advancement (CASA)
    2. First Year Experience (FYE)
    3. Mastodon Advising Center (MAC)
  4. Development of the Advisor/Student Responsibilities in the First Year document