John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Apply for FoE

An Institution interested in being selected as a member of the next Foundations of Excellence National Select Cohort must complete a brief on-line application. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Applications are reviewed and spaces awarded on a rolling basis until capacity is reached. Our goal is to work with a limited number of two- and four-year institutions each year to ensure they receive the maximum amount of individual attention from our staff. The application deadline to be a part of the 2016-2017 Foundations of Excellence cohort is July 20, 2016. Participation begins with a required FoE Launch Meeting to be held July 25 – 26, 2016 in Asheville, NC.*

To apply for First Year or Transfer Focus enrollment, please proceed through the following steps:

Step 1. Create an Account

  • Create a “MyJNGI” account by clicking here.
  • Select “Create Account” if you are presented with a Login.
  • Provide requested contact information. This will open a welcome page. If your institution does not have an active application, continue to Step 2.

Step 2. Complete Application

Fill out the online application. The application remains in a draft mode until you choose to click Submit.

  • Select the process to which your institution is applying.
  • Provide the institution’s undergraduate enrollment.
  • Provide the names and contact information for the person(s) submitting the application.
  • Provide a written response to the five questions. The questions may be previewed below the links to download an application.
  • Select the box that this project is supported by the Chief Academic Officer at your institution.

Step 3. Phone Conversation between John Gardner and your CAO

Before we can proceed to offer a slot to a institution, it is our practice for our President, John Gardner, to have a phone conversation with the institution’s Chief Academic Officer. This is to insure several things: first of all, that the applicant institution fully understands the potential outcomes of the Foundations of Excellence process and the level of institution-wide commitment necessary to derive maximum benefit from the process. Secondly, it is important for the Institute to be assured that the CAO and the most senior administrative levels of the institution will be adequately engaged in, understanding and supportive of the process. In prior years this has been one of the most important steps for the overall success of the self study to follow.

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact us at or 828-233-5874.

Required Steps for Accepted Institutions

Accepted institutions will receive an Agreement, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) approval form, and invoice from the Gardner Institute for execution by the institution. Signature of the CEO or her/his designee on the approval form confirms that the CEO is authorizing an institutional commitment to make a good faith effort to participate in and complete the project with his/her full support. We will confirm acceptance by returning a copy of the executed Agreement.

*For any potential participants who are employed by state or municipal public institutions which currently forbid travel to North Carolina using institutional funds, alternative arrangements will be made to launch your institution in the FoE process. View our full response to the adoption of North Carolina House Bill 2.