John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

15 Campuses Join John N. Gardner Institute’s 2015-16 Foundations of Excellence® Student Success Cohort

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI), a national leader in helping colleges and universities to increase student success, is pleased to announce 15 higher education institutions that will work with the JNGI Foundations of Excellence (FoE) process during the 2015-16 academic year.

Bringing together faculty, staff members, administrators and students, FoE produces a strategic action plan to improve institutional performance with the new student experience and provides support for the crucial implementation of this action plan. Ten of the 15 institutions will be will be involved in the FoE self-study process and five will work with JNGI to implement their previously completed FoE action plans.

The following institutions join the nearly 300 that have worked with JNGI to build and implement a comprehensive strategic action plan to yield a new vision for enhanced student learning and retention.

  • Alma College
  • Amarillo College
  • Arizona State University
  • College of Micronesia
  • Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • McMurry University
  • MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Northeast Lakeview College
  • Robert B. Miller College
  • Suffolk University
  • Texas A & M University – San Antonio
  • Texas A & M University – Texarkana
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Houston – Clear Lake

Two additional institutions, Maricopa Community College and Kellogg Community College, will collaborate with Arizona State University and Robert B. Miller College respectively to address the collegiate transfer experience.

“We’ve seen retention increases ranging from 4% to over 17% for those institutions that implement their Foundations of Excellence plans to a high degree,” said John N. Gardner, President, John N. Gardner Institute. “Through the FoE process, these institutions are clearly committed to making significant and comprehensive changes to improve their first-year and/or transfer student success experience.”

FoE is a multi-year, comprehensive, externally guided self-study and improvement process for the first year and/or transfer student experience. Campuses evaluate and assess institutional behaviors, policies and practices including: initial contact with students through admissions, orientation, and all curricular and co-curricular experiences.

“This collaborative and faculty-focused work can be extremely transformational for our institutions and their students,” said Drew Koch, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Leadership & Innovation Officer, John N. Gardner Institute. “We are proud to partner with these strategically-minded organizations. As a trusted third-party, we’re here to offer the on-going feedback, counsel, expertise and support needed to help institutions build and implement an action plan that makes a difference.”

FoE has been used by hundreds of institutions – including entire systems and/or districts – to improve the first-year and/or transfer experience as well as measurably improve student retention and related tuition revenue.

The Gardner Institute is currently accepting applications from colleges and/or universities interested in joining the next JNGI cohorts. For more information, visit

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