John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

7th Annual Foundations of Excellence® Winter Meeting

February 17, 2012
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
200 East Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
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The 7th Annual Foundations of Excellence® (FoE) Winter Meeting took place on February 17, 2012 in San Antonio, TX. Past, current and future FoE participants were invited to attend this gathering and over 100 people attended, representing over 35 higher education institutions.

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Plenary Session: FoE in the First College Year:  A Self-Study and Planning Process that Yields Improved Retention

Brent Drake, Associate Director Enrollment Management Analysis, Purdue University

Session #2:  Integrating FoE Dimensions with University of Texas Health Science Center NAVIGATOR Project Assessment:  HCC – Coleman College Experience

  • Patricia Ugwu, Dean of Student Development, Houston Community College – Coleman College for Health Sciences
  • Ronald Johnson, Chief Academic Diversity Officer, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Session #3: Participating in the Refresh Model of FoE in the First College Year:  Advantages and Challenges

  • Nancy King Sanders, Associate Vice President for Student Success, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Kirsten Compary, Dean of Students, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Session #4:  Using FoE to Promote a Culture of Continuous Improvement

  • Austin Lane, President, Lone Star College – Montgomery
  • Wendell Williams, Vice President Student Success, Lone Star College – Montgomery
  • Cami Keitel, Dean of Student Services, Lone Star College – Montgomery
  • Chris Tkach, Senior Analyst, Lone Star College – Montgomery>

Session #5:  Living Room Learning:  How FoE Turned One College Upside Down

  • Shannon Carroll, Vice President, Frank Phillips College
  • Krista Wilkinson, Coordinator of Student Experiences, Frank Phillips College>

Session #6:  Improving Student Outcomes Based on Organizational Change, Adaptation, Practice and Theory

  • Vincent Banrey, Director of Enrollment Management, Medgar Evers College
  • Janice Zummo, SEEK Director & Chair of the Department of Special Programs, Medgar Evers College

Session #7:  Academic Advising:  Understanding Student and Faculty/Staff Perceptions

  • Darlena Jones, Director of Education and Program Development, Educational Benchmarking Inc.

Lunch Presentation:  Making Change:  Insights about Improving Quality in Undergraduation Education

  • Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, NSSE Institute, IU Center for Postsecondary Research

Session #9: Extending the Life of the FoE Payoff

  • Catherine Andersen, Special Assistant to the Provost for Student Success, Gallaudet University
  • Dorothy Dixon, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Lone Star College – North Harris
  • John Lanning, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Experiences, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Sally Roden, Special Assistant to the President, University of Central Arkansas

Session #10:  The Final report:  More than Just another Set of Bullet Points

  • Debbie Kell, Dean, Instructional and Institutional Effectiveness, Mercer County Community College
  • Michael Dalton, Chair of Arts & Communication, Mercer County Community College
  • Amy Vondrak, Professor of English, Coordinator of Developmental Composition, Mercer County Community College

Session #11:  Efffectively Navigating through the FoE Self-Study Process

  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, Associate Professor and Chair of Biology, St. John Fisher College
  • Michelle Erklenz-Watts, Associate Professor of Education, St. John Fisher College
  • Ronald J. Ambrosetti, Provost and Dean of the College. St. John Fisher College

Session #13:  Lessons from the FoE – Transfer Focus Self-Study:
New Policies and New Metrics Needed to Assess Transfer Student Success

  • Ralph Rascatti, Associate VP for Advising, Retention & Graduation Initiatives; Dean of University College, Kennesaw State University
  • Kenneth Hill, Lecturer, University College, Kennesaw State University

Session #14:  Developing a Comprehensive Communication Plan about the Foundations of Excellence Implementation Plan

  • Jo Galle, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Georgia Gwinnett College

Session #15:  FoE leads to New Student Orientation and Academic Advising at Alamo Colleges – Palo Alto College

  • Robert Garza, Dean of Student Affairs, Alamo Community Colleges – Palo Alto College
  • Mike Flores, Vice President of Student Affairs, Alamo Community Colleges – Palo Alto College

If you have questions please contact Angie Whiteside at or (828) 449-8053.