John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Terms & Conditions

General Use of the Foundational Dimensions® and Foundations of Excellence Self Study Programs

The Foundational Dimensions were originally developed by the Policy Center on the First Year of College (now Gardner Institute) in collaboration with its research partners and over 300 public and private four-year and two-year institutions. The Dimensions are the trademarked intellectual property of the Gardner Institute. Together the Dimensions constitute an aspirational and measurement model for the first-year and transfer-student experience. We hope that institutions will find them useful as they consider the design of an educationally purposeful experience for first-year and/or transfer students. To that end, campuses are encouraged to copy the Dimensions for internal use. This copyright permission does not extend to other kinds of copying, such as copying for general distribution, for advertising or promotional purposes, for creating new publications, or for resale.

Please note that a public claim to conducting a Foundations of Excellence self study can only be made by campuses that have obtained a license to use the various templates, reporting documents, and processes that are designed to facilitate use of the Foundational Dimensions as an aspirational and measurement model.

If you have questions about these terms and conditions, contact the Gardner Institute at or (828) 233-5874.