NCC Is Participating in Foundations of Excellence Self-Study

November 26, 2012 | Research

The New Community College at CUNY is participating in the John N. Gardner Institute’s Foundations of Excellence (FoE) comprehensive self-study of the first-year student experience. The FoE process provides a template on how to work effectively with first-year students by assisting institutions in analyzing what works well for students and which areas need improvement. The NCC is participating in the study as part of the CUNY consortium, led by Frank D. Sanchez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, that includes the Central Office, LaGuardia Community College, York College, and The College of Staten Island.

As a new college The NCC will use this self-study to develop a strategic plan by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.  Two consolidated faculty and staff committees will focus on a total of nine areas of inquiry or dimensions that comprise the Foundations of Excellence self-study. In January 2013 a retreat will be held to discuss each committee’s findings.

The project’s core is a task force comprised of members from across the college, including faculty, staff, and students. Student and faculty/staff surveys will also be administered as part of the FoE process. The student questions will relate to their first-year experience; additional questions will cover topics unique to the NCC. The survey for faculty/staff will relate to the curriculum, resources, and decision-making with first-year students.

About the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, an outgrowth of the Policy Center on the First Year of College, is a national leader in efforts to improve undergraduate learning and retention at institutional, regional, and national levels. Since 1999 the Center and Institute have provided hundreds of colleges and universities with tools and processes designed to enhance institutional approaches to the first year. For more information please visit:

About The New Community College at CUNY

The New Community College at CUNY is an urban public institution located in midtown Manhattan that offers associate degree programs in an environment that nurtures student success. Our goal is to increase the graduation rate for our students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college.  Extensive research on best practices helped us create a program with an integrated, clearly defined, first-year curriculum that relies heavily on learning communities and multi-layered student support services.  We use our location in New York City as our laboratory, drawing on the city’s economics, politics, diversity, and rich resources to prepare students for work and further study.

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