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Foundations of Excellence

Foundations of Excellence ImageThe University of Houston was selected by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to participate in a national higher education project known as "Foundations of Excellence®."Throughout 2013-2014 academic year, University of Houston faculty, staff and students collaborated with the Gardner Institute using a model of excellence for the first college year to develop and refine the University's overall approach to educating first-year students.Research has long indicated that the successful integration of new students into college greatly increases the likelihood of their academic success. As a result, institutions of higher education place particular emphasis on creating a first-year experience that establishes a solid foundation supportive of success in college and beyond degree attainment.


Admins Plan Springboard for Student Success

Higher Education Center Selects UH to Participate in National Project on Excellence


Related Publications:

  • Barefoot, B.O. Gardner, J.G., Curight, M.,Morris, L., Schroeder, C.C., Schwartz, S.W., Siegel, M.J., & Swing, R.L. (2005). Achieving and sustaining institutional excellence for the first year of college. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Fink, L.D. (2003). Creating significant learning experiences. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Gardner, J.N. & Barefoot, B.O. (2012). Your college experience: Strategies for success. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.
  • Greenfield, G.M., Keup, J.R., & Gardner, J.N. (2013). Developing and sustaining successful first-year programs: A guide for practitioners. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Habley, W.R., Bloom, J.L., & Robbons, S. (2012). Increasing persistence: Research-based strategies for college student success. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Hunter, M.S., Tobolowsky, B.F., & Gardner, J.N. & Associates (2010). Helping sophomores succeed: Understanding and improving the second-year experience. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Kuh, G. D., Kinzie, J., Schuh, J. H., Whitt, E. J. & Associates (2005). Student success in college: Creating conditions that matter. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Levine, A., & Dean, D.R. (2012). Generation on a tightrope: A portrait of today's college student. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Tinto, V. (2012). Completing college: Rethinking institutional action. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Upcraft, M.L., Gardner, J.G., & Barefoot, B.O., (2005). Challenging and supporting the first year student. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.