John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Seven Campuses Complete John N. Gardner Institute’s Foundations of Excellence® Student Success Process

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 seven additional higher education institutions have completed the JNGI Foundations of Excellence (FoE) process. Bringing together faculty, staff members, administrators and students, FoE produces a strategic action plan to improve institutional performance and provides support for the crucial implementation of this action plan.

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

  • Arizona State University
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • McMurry University
  • Suffolk University
  • Texas A&M University Texarkana
  • University of Central Florida

“We’ve seen increases ranging from 4% to over 17% in student retention 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 seven institutions are clearly committed to making significant and comprehensive changes to improve their first-year and/or transfer student success experience.”

FoE is a comprehensive, externally guided self-study and improvement process for the first year and/or transfer student experience. Each institution has been working to complete the FoE process for at least one-year. Campuses evaluate and assess institutional behaviors, policies and practices including: initial contact with students through admissions, orientation, and all curricular and co-curricular experiences.

“We offer a customizable approach to all of our retention and completion enhancement processes,” said Drew Koch, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Leadership & Innovation Officer, John N. Gardner Institute. “In some cases, these seven institutions worked with us before but returned to revise their action plan and/or receive the on-going feedback, counsel, expertise and support needed through their implementation phase. This shows high levels of commitment to continuous quality improvement and student success.”

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 FoE cohort. For more information, visit


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