John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Foundations of Excellence Launch Meeting

Participation as a member of the Foundations of Excellence National Select Cohort will begin with a required Launch Meeting designed to give campus teams specific information and hands-on experience with all elements of the Foundations process. Registration costs for three participants from each campus are covered in the comprehensive self-study fee. Additional participants may attend for an additional per person fee of $350. We strongly recommend that each campus be represented by the chief academic officer and/or her/his representative, an institutional research or assessment professional, and the individual(s) who will serve as campus liaison(s) for the Foundations process. Typically, institutions send 3-9 campus representatives who will have a leadership role in the self-study process. During the Launch Meeting, institutional teams will learn about the Foundation of Excellence conceptual model, and become familiar with key Foundations’ components including:

    • The Foundational Dimensions®
    • The Current Practices Inventory (CPI)
    • The Performance Indicators (PI’s)
    • Surveys
    • Dimension Reports
    • The Action Plan
    • Project Timeline
    • Task Force Organization
    • Lessons learned from prior participants

The meeting will be presented in a format designed to foster networking and team development and also relationship development with all members of the Gardner Institute staff. Each institutional team will have access to the web-based components of the Foundations of Excellence process. Each team will log on to the institution’s unique site on the FoEtec® web site during the meeting. To make this possible, we request that each team bring a wireless laptop computer to the meeting. The meeting is July 25 – July 26, 2016 and the meeting location is the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, in Asheville, North Carolina. To register for the Launch Meeting (accepted FoE Schools only) please click here. Questions about the Launch Meeting can be directed to Angela Whiteside at or 828-449-8053.