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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 17, 2011

Public forum scheduled to discuss Foundations of Excellence project at Northwest

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will host a public forum Friday, Feb. 25, to discuss progress on its Foundations of Excellence project.

The forum will be 3 to 5 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom. Individuals may attend the entire forum or attend only for discussion about the dimensions that interest them. A complete agenda is below. 

Foundations of Excellence® is facilitated by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, located in Brevard, N.C. Since February 2003, the Foundations of Excellence project has involved more than 300 two- and four-year colleges and universities across the country in developing standards, called Foundational Dimensions®, that constitute a model first year.

The goal of the program, as it relates to Northwest, is to engage the entire campus community in a self-study to better understand the experience of incoming students so the University can identify obstacles to their success and offer ways to help them overcome those obstacles. The all-inclusive study measures institutions' effectiveness in recruiting, admitting, orienting, supporting, advising and teaching new students.

Beginning in the fall, Northwest has been working with the Gardner Institute and its technology support and educational survey partner, Educational Benchmarking Inc., throughout the academic year. Leslie Chandler, coordinator of student orientation and transfer affairs, and Dr. Alisha Francis, director of the Freshman Seminar Program, are co-chairing the project at Northwest.

For more information, about the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and this project go to

Public forum agenda:
3:05 - Overview of Foundations of Excellence at Northwest
3:20 - Philosophy Dimension
3:30 - Transitions Dimension
3:40 - All Students Dimension
3:50 - Diversity Dimension
4:10 - Organization Dimension
4:20 - Learning Dimension
4:30 - Roles and Purposes Dimension
4:40 - Faculty Dimension
4:50 - Improvement Dimension

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468