First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Foundations of Excellence

foundationlogoGeorgia Southern is participating in a national higher education project known as “Foundations of Excellence® in the First College Year.” The project, sponsored by the Policy Center on the First Year of College, is used by colleges and universities to develop and refine their overall approach to educating first-year students. Since February of 2003, the Foundations of Excellence project has involved over 300 two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country in developing the standards– called “Foundational Dimensions®”– that constitute a model first year.  The Policy Center selected Georgia Southern as one of the 13 institutions in the National Select Cohort for 2005-2006.

Foundations of Excellence Dimensions
PowerPoint describing the Foundational Dimensions
Georgia Southern University Task Force
Press Release announcing Georgia Southern’s participation

Dr. Betsy Barefoot, Georgia Southern’s liaison for the Foundations of Excellence ® project, made a site visit to campus November 16 and 17.  While at Georgia Southern, Dr. Barefoot met with Dimension Review Teams, conducted focus groups with faculty, and gave a public lecture entitled “The First Year of College:  The Foundation for Student Retention.”

Dr. Barefoot’s PowerPoint presentation

Task Force Meeting, January 23, 2006
PowerPoint presentation
Survey data “cuts” for sample demographics (.pdf):  Faculty  Student

Last updated: 3/15/2019

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