John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Our Mission & Vision

By focusing its expertise on the development of assessment-based action plans with measurable outcomes, the Institute fosters institutional change by enhancing accountability, coordination, and the delivery of efforts associated with student learning, success, and retention during the undergraduate experience. Continue Reading…

Our History

Since 1999, we have provided hundreds of colleges and universities tools and processes designed to enhance institutional approaches to the first year. Colleges and universities participating in the Institute’s various projects and activities have included public and private, two-year and four-year institutions, as well as minority-serving, tribal, and single-gender campuses. Continue Reading….

Whom We Serve

As a public charity, serving the public good, we ultimately serve undergraduate college students. We do so by serving directly persons and teams affiliated with all types of post secondary institutions, organizations, and governing boards are eligible to participate in the Institute’s educational activities. Continue Reading…

Our Past Initiatives

Since 1999, the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, formerly the Policy Center on the First Year of College, has conducted dozens of major initiatives and national studies to enhance undergraduate success. Continue Reading…


The John N. Gardner Institute is currently seeking a Director of Marketing and Communications. Learn more about the position and application process. Priority deadline is June 17, 2016.