John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Participating Institutions

During phase I in 2003, 322 Institutions assisted in the development of the Foundations of Excellence process. Since then, over 280 institutions have participated in the comprehensive Foundations of Excellence process. This represents four-year and two-year Institutions. The Gardner Institute gratefully acknowledges all of the institutions for their contributions and commitment to first-year and transfer students.


During the 2014 – 2015 academic year, the Gardner Institute has accepted 7 four-year institutions that applied for participation in the Foundations of Excellence process. In addition to the 7 new members to the FoE action planning process, 8 four-year and 1 two-year institutions from the 2013 – 2014 academic year are continuing with the FoE Implement process. The current self-study cohort is designated as the “National Select Institutions” through a competitive application process.

Click to view 2014-2015 National Select Cohort
Arizona State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (First-Year Focus)
Capital University (Implement)  OH
Clarion University of Pennsylvania (First-Year Focus)
College of Micronesia-FSM(First-Year Focus)
Dyersburg State Community College (Implement)
Friends University (Implement)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Transfer Focus)
Lyon College (Implement)
Marietta College (Implement)
McMurry University (First-Year Focus)
Nova Southeastern University (Implement)
Qatar University (Implement)
Roosevelt University (Implement)
Suffolk University (First-Year Focus)
Texas A& M University Texarkana (First-Year Focus)
University of Central Florida (Transfer Focus)
University of Houston (Implement)


The following institutions provided national leadership by pilot testing the Foundations of Excellence process. Their advice led to the final version of the Foundational Dimensions®and performance indicators. In gratitude for their assistance, the Gardner Institute has named these campuses “Founding Institutions.”

Click to View List of Four-Year Founding Institutions (Pilot 2003 – 2004) *
Each of the following four-year institutions was a member of either the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) or the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), partner organizations in the Foundations of Excellence pilot project in 2003-2004.

Institution State
Augsburg College (CIC) MN
Aurora University (CIC) IL
Chadron State College (AASCU) NE
City University of New York, Brooklyn College (AASCU) NY
City University of New York, Medgar Evers College (AASCU) NY
Columbia College (CIC) SC
Endicott College (CIC) MA
Franklin Pierce University (CIC) NH
Georgia Southwestern State University (AASCU) GA
Illinois State University (AASCU) IL
Indiana University, Purdue University Indianapolis (AASCU) IN
Indiana Wesleyan University (CIC) IN
Kennesaw State University (AASCU) GA
Madonna University (CIC) MI
Maryville College (CIC) TN
Marywood University (CIC) PA
Missouri Western State University (AASCU) MO
Nazareth College of Rochester (CIC) NY
Plymouth State University (AASCU) NH
St. Edward’s University (CIC) TX
State University of New York College at Brockport (AASCU) NY
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (AASCU) TX
University of Charleston (CIC) WV
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (AASCU) WI

* Funded by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies and Lumina Foundation for Education.

Click to View List of Two-Year Founding Institutions (Pilot 2005-2006)
Institution State
Kennebec Valley Community College ME
Longview Community College MO
Middlesex Community College CT
Montgomery County Community College PA
Oakton Community College IL
Pellissippi State Technical Community College TN
San Jacinto College South TX
Spokane Falls Community College WA
University of Wisconsin Colleges WI
Virginia Highlands Community College VA


The following 322 campuses participated in the initial development of four- and two-year versions of the Foundational Dimensions®. The Gardner Institute gratefully acknowledges them for their contributions and commitment to first-year students.

Click to View List of Phase 1 Institutions
Alabama A&M University
Albertson College
Alma College
American College of Greece, Deree College
Appalachian State University
Arizona State University West
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University – Newport
Arkansas Tech University
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Assumption College
Auburn University Montgomery
Augsburg College (FI)
Aurora University (FI)
Austin Community College
Avila University
Baker University
Barton College
Benedictine College
Berea College
Berry College
Black Hills State University
Blackburn College
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Blue Ridge Community College (VA)
Bluffton College
Brenau University
Brevard College
Buena Vista University
Butler Community College
Cabrini College
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Monterey Bay
Calumet College of Saint Joseph
Campbellsville University
Carroll College
Carteret Community College
Cazenovia College
Central Maine Community College
Central Washington University
Century Community & Technical College
Chadron State College (FI)
Chattahoochee Technical College
Citrus College
City University of New York, Brooklyn College (FI)
City University of New York, Medgar Evers (FI)
Claflin University
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarke College
Clemson University
Cleveland State University
Colby Community College
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
College of the Mainland
Collin County Community College
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Columbia College (FI)
Columbus State University
Community College of Southern Nevada
Concordia University Wisconsin
Converse College
Culver-Stockton College
Cumberland County College
Cumberland University
Dakota State University
Dana College
Dean College
Delgado Community College-West Bank
Dillard University
Drew University
Drury University
East Carolina University
East Central University
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Oregon University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Elgin Community College
Elizabeth City State University
Elmhurst College
Elon University
Emporia State University
Endicott College (FI)
Erskine College
Fairmont State Community & Technical College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Fort Hays State University
Fort Lewis College
Fox Valley Technical College
Franklin Pierce College (FI)
Frederick Community College
Friends University
Fullerton College
Galveston College
Gardner-Webb University
Gavilan College
George Mason University
Georgia College & State University
Georgia Southern University (IC)
Georgia Southwestern State University (FI)
Grand Rapids Community College
Greensboro College
Hanover College
Harcum College
Heald College – Fresno
Henderson State University
Henry Ford Community College
Hillsborough Community College
Hocking College
Holy Family University
Holyoke Community College
Illinois College
Illinois State University (FI)
Indiana State University (IC)
Indiana University Northwest
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (FI)
Indiana Wesleyan University (FI)
Iowa Wesleyan College
Ithaca College
Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana
Jackson State University
Jarvis Christian College
Jefferson State Community College
Johnson C. Smith University
KapI’olani Community College
Kennebec Valley Community College (FI)
Kennesaw State University (FI)
Keuka College
Keystone College
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Lake Land College
Lake Michigan College
Lake Superior State University
Lamar University
Lander University
Lane College
Lane Community College
Lansing Community College
Le Moyne College
Lee University
Lees-McRae College
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Lenoir-Rhyne College
Lewis University
Linn State Technical College
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Longview Community College (FI)
Loras College
Loyola College in Maryland
Lyndon State College
Madonna University (FI)
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Marietta College
Maryville College (FI)
Marywood University (FI)
McHenry County College
Mercer University
Mercy College
Metropolitan State University
Miami Dade College
Michigan Technological University
Middle Tennessee State University
Middlesex Community College (FI)
Millersville University
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri Western State University (FI)
Montclair State University
Montgomery County Community College (FI)
Morehead State University
Mount Aloysius College
Mount Marty College
Mount Mercy College
Mount Saint Mary’s College
Mt. Hood Community College
Mt. San Antonio College
Murray State University
Napa Valley Community College
Nazareth College of Rochester (FI)
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Neumann College
Norfolk State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Harris Montgomery Community College District
Northeastern State University
Northern Kentucky University
Northern Maine Community College
Northern State University
Northland Pioneer College
Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Nyack College
Oakland Community College
Oakton Community College (FI)
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio University Southern
Ohlone College
Oklahoma City Community College
Olivet Nazarene University
Owens Community College
Palo Alto College
Parkland College
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Pellissippi State Technical Community College (FI)
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Pensacola Junior College
Philadelphia University
Philander Smith College
Plattsburgh State University of New York
Plymouth State College (FI)
Point Park College
Portland State University
Principia College
Queens College – C.U.N.Y.
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Reading Area Community College
Rhode Island College
Rio Grande Community College
Roane State Community College
Roanoke College
Rollins College
Saginaw Valley State University
Saint Leo University
Sam Houston State University
San Antonio College
San Jacinto College South (FI)
San Jose State University
Seattle Community Colleges
Seminole Community College
Shepherd College
Sheridan College
Simpson College
Skagit Valley College
Skyline College
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
South Dakota State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southern Adventist University
Southern Maine Community College
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Southwestern College
Spokane Falls Community College (FI)
St. Edward’s University (FI)
State University of New York at Cortland (IC)
State University of New York at Oswego
State University of New York at Potsdam
State University of New York College at Brockport (FI)
State University of New York Fredonia
Tacoma Community College
Tarleton State University
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (FI)
Texas A&M University-Kingsville (IC)
Texas Lutheran University
The Community College of Baltimore County
Thiel College
Thomas Nelson Community College
Tougaloo College
Towson University
Trinity Christian College
Troy University
Tulsa Community College
Union University
Unity College
University of Akron (IC)
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Charleston (FI)
University of Dubuque
University of Findlay
University of Maine at Augusta
University of Maine at Presque Isle
University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of Montana-Western
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of Scranton
University of South Carolina Aiken
University of South Dakota
University of Southern Maine
University of Tennessee at Martin
University of Texas Pan American
University of the District of Columbia
University of Toledo
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
University of Wisconsin Colleges (FI)
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Parkside (FI)
Utica College
Villa Maria College of Buffalo
Vincennes University
Virginia Highlands Community College (FI)
Walsh University
Warner Southern College
Warren Wilson College
Wayne State College
Weber State University
West Texas A&M University
West Virginia State College
Western Carolina University
Western Kentucky University
Western Michigan University
Western Nevada Community College
Western New England College
Western New Mexico University
Western Wisconsin Technical College
Whittier College
Wilberforce University
William Woods University
Wilson College
Winston-Salem State University
Wofford College
Woodbury University
Worcester State College
Youngstown State University

(FI) Founding Institutions
(IC) Inaugural Class


Click to View All Participating Institutions (2005-2013)
Institution State
Alvernia University PA
American Public University System WV
Arkansas Northeastern College AR
Arkansas State University Jonesboro AR
Ashland Community & Technical College KY
Bakersfield College** CA
Ball State University IN
Berea College KY
Bethany College KS
Bethune Cookman University FL
Big Sandy Community & Technical College KY
Bluegrass Community and Technical College KY
Bowling Green Technical College KY
Bridgewater State University MA
Buena Vista University IA
Butler Community College KS
California Lutheran University CA
California State University, Bakersfield** CA
California State University, San Marcos CA
Capital University OH
Centenary College New Jersey NJ
Central Maine Community College ME
Central Michigan University MI
City Colleges of Chicago – Harold Washington College IL
City Colleges of Chicago – Harry S. Truman College IL
City Colleges of Chicago – Kennedy-King College IL
City Colleges of Chicago – Malcolm X College IL
City Colleges of Chicago – Richard J. Daley College IL
City Colleges of Chicago – Wilbur Wright College IL
City Colleges of Chicago – Olive–Harvey College IL
City University of New York, Bronx Community College NY
City University of New York, Central Administration NY
City University of New York, College of Staten Island NY
City University of New York, Hostos Community College NY
City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College NY
City University of New York, Lehman College NY
City University of New York, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (Previously The New Community College) NY
City University of New York, Queens College NY
City University of New York, York College NY
College of Coastal Georgia GA
College of Lake County IL
College of the Marshall Islands Republic of the Marshall Islands
Columbus State Community College OH
Community College of Rhode Island RI
Coppin State University MD
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas* AR
Craven Community College NC
Davenport University MI
Delta State University MS
Dyersburg State Community College TN
East Carolina University NC
Eastern Wyoming College WY
Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College) FL
El Paso Community College** TX
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College KY
Eureka College IL
Everett Community College WA
Fairmont State University WV
Fayetteville State University NC
Florida Southern College FL
Framingham State University MA
Frank Phillips College TX
Gainesville State College GA
Gallaudet University DC
Gateway Community and Technical College KY
Georgia Gwinnett College GA
Georgia Southern University GA
Georgian Court University NJ
Goshen College IN
Greenville College IL
Hazard Community and Technical College KY
Henderson Community College KY
Holyoke Community College MA
Hopkinsville Community College KY
Houston Community College TX
Illinois State University IL
Indiana Institute of Technology IN
Indiana State University IN
Indiana University Kokomo IN
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne IN
Itasca Community College MN
Jackson State University MS
Jefferson Community & Technical College KY
Kean University NJ
Kennesaw State University1 GA
Kentucky Community and Technical College System KY
Lane Community College OR
Lawrence Technological University MI
Leech Lake Tribal College MN
Lincoln Land Community College IL
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania PA
Lone Star College – Montgomery TX
Lone Star College-North Harris TX
Lourdes University OH
Lyon College AR
Madison Area Technical College WI
Madisonville Community College KY
Manhattanville College NY
Marietta College OH
Marquette University WI
Massachusetts Bay Community College MA
Maysville Community & Technical College KY
McHenry County College IL
Mercer County Community College NJ
Mercy College NY
Midland University NE
Midwestern State University TX
Milwaukee Area Technical College WI
Minnesota State Community and Technical College MN
Minnesota State University-Moorhead MN
Minot State University ND
Missouri Southern State University MO
Morgan State University MA
New Mexico State University NM
Norfolk State University VA
North Carolina Central University NC
Northeastern Illinois University IL
Northern Illinois University IL
Northern Kentucky University KY
Northwest Arkansas Community College AR
Northwest Indian College WA
Northwest Missouri State University MO
Northwood University MI
Nova Southeastern University FL
Oakland University MI
Ocean County College NH
Ohio University Athens Campus OH
Old Dominion University VA
Ottawa University KS
Owens Community College OH
Owensboro Community College KY
Palo Alto College TX
Pennsylvania College of Technology PN
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas* AR
Piedmont Technical College SC
Pulaski Technical College* AR
Purdue University Calumet IN
Qatar University Qatar
Reinhardt University GA
Rich Mountain Community College * AR
Rock Valley College IL
Roosevelt University IL
St. Cloud State University MN
St. Cloud Technical and Community College MN
St. Petersburg College FL
St. Philip’s College TX
Salem State University MA
Salisbury University MD
San Antonio College TX
Shenandoah University VA
Sheridan College WY
Skyline College CA
Slippery Rock University PA
Somerset Community College KY
South Texas College TX
Southeast Community & Technical College KY
Southern Illinois University IL
Southern Oregon University OR
State University of New York, Cobleskill NY
State University of New York, Cortland NY
State University of New York, Fredonia NY
State University of New York, Oswego NY
Stony Brook University NY
Suffolk County Community College NY
Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Chihuahua Mexico
Texas A&M International University TX
Texas A&M University Kingsville TX
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College PA
Tohono O’odham Community College AZ
Tompkins – Cortland Community College NY
Universidad Metropolitana Puerto Rico
University of Akron OH
University of Arkansas at Little Rock AR
University of Central Arkansas AR
University of Central Missouri MO
University of Colorado Denver CO
University of Houston TX
University of Maine at Fort Kent ME
University of New Mexico – Main NM
University of North Texas TX
University of Northern Iowa IA
University of South Carolina Upstate SC
University of South Dakota SD
University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College TX
University of Texas at El Paso** TX
University of Toledo OH
University of Washington Tacoma WA
University of West Georgia GA
Utah Valley University UT
Valencia College FL
Vincennes University IN
Washburn University KS
Waycross College GA
West Kentucky Community and Technical College KY
West Virginia University WV
Westchester Community College NY
Western Illinois University IL
Western Iowa Tech Community College IA
Western New Mexico University NM
Westfield State University MA
Wichita State University KS
Wilbur Wright College (City Colleges of Chicago) IL
Winston-Salem State University NC
Wright State University OH
Zane State College OH

* Funded by a grant from Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation for enhancing two-year education in Arkansas.

** The following schools jointly engaged in Foundations of Excellence self-studies by collaborating on and integrating their respective FoE processes to improve the overall beginning college experience for their shared service areas.

  • California State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield College
  • University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College
  • Minnesota State University – Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College

The Gardner Institute strongly endorses and encourages these kinds of partnerships.

1 This institution was a founding member of the First-Year process. They returned to participate in the Transfer Focus process. They returned for the Refresh First Year process in the 2013-14 cohort.