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Foundations of Excellence

Foundations of Excellence

What is it?

The Foundations of Excellence is a self-study program developed by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to help colleges assess the strength and effectiveness of their programs and services as they relate to students in their first of college.  The emphasis is on assessment of student, faculty and staff perceptions as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis of outcomes against nine Dimensions that encompass the first year experience.  The goal is to determine if we meet our own standards and expectations of excellence in all areas of the college in hopes that truly excellent experiences lead to better attitudes about education in general and CCRI specifically and will result in better retention and graduation rates due to stronger and more positive student connections to the Community College.

President DiPasquale initiated the program in the summer of 2009 and a Task Force of more than three dozen members of the college community worked for a year to develop nine Dimension reports as well as a final report and recommendations for improvement.  The President accepted the recommendations in the summer of 2010 and authorized the creation of an Implementation Team to work with various college constituencies to use the data and recommendations from the process to improve the first year experience of students at CCRI.

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Philosophy on the First Year of College

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Last Updated: 12/30/16