Foundations Institutions approach the first year in ways that are intentional and based on a philosophy/rationale of the first year that informs relevant institutional policies and practices.
Foundations Institutions create organizational structures and policies that provide a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated approach to the first year.
Foundations Institutions deliver intentional curricular and co-curricular learning experiences that engage students in order to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with the desired outcomes of higher education and the institution’s philosophy and mission.
Foundations Institutions make the first college year a high priority for the faculty.
Foundations Institutions facilitate appropriate student transitions through policies and practices that are intentional and aligned with institutional mission.
Foundations Institutions serve all first-year students according to their varied needs.
Foundations Institutions ensure that all first-year students experience diverse ideas, worldviews, and cultures as a means of enhancing their learning and preparing them to become members of pluralistic communities.
Foundations Institutions promote student understanding of the various roles and purposes of higher education, both for the individual and society.
Foundations Institutions conduct assessment and maintain associations with other institutions and relevant professional organizations in order to achieve ongoing first-year improvement.