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Foundations Institutions conduct assessment and maintain associations with other institutions and relevant professional organizations in order to achieve ongoing first-year improvement. This assessment is specific to the first year as a unit of analysis-a distinct time period and set of experiences, academic and otherwise, in the lives of students. It is also linked systemically to the institutions' overall assessment. Assessment results are an integral part of institutional planning, resource allocation, decision-making, and ongoing improvement of programs and policies as they affect first-year students. As part of the enhancement process and as a way to achieve ongoing improvement, institutions are familiar with current practices at other institutions as well as with research and scholarship on the first college year.

Steering Committee Liaison:
Renae Wooten, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Dimension Co-Chairs:
Jeff Barnes, O.C.T.
Sidney Grimes, Buildings and Grounds

Dimension Members:
Ali Ahmed, Comparative Literature
Adrienne Bricker, Registrar
Alexandra de Luise, Library
Alem Habtu, Sociology
Sue Henderson, Institutional Advancement
Pokay Ma, Biology
Brian Murphy, Budget and Planning
Leonard Rodberg, Urban Studies
Wilma Saffran, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Edward Smaldone, Music
Chris Vickery, Computer Science
Zhigang Xiang, Computer Science


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