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Foundations of Excellence


Foundations Institutions make the first college year a high priority for the faculty. These institutions are characterized by a culture of faculty responsibility for the first year that is realized through high-quality instruction in first-year classes and substantial interaction between faculty and first-year students both inside and outside the classroom. This culture of responsibility is nurtured by chief academic officers, deans and department chairs and supported by the institutions' reward system.

Steering Committee Liaison:
Steve Schwarz, Provost Office

Dimension Co-Chairs:
Dean Richard Bodnar, Graduate Studies
Roberta Brody, GSLIS and Faculty Senate

Dimension Members:
Martin Braun, Freshman Year Initiative/Mathematics
Joshua Brumberg, Psychology
Elizabeth Field Hendrey, Social Sciences
Elizabeth D. Lowe, Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
William McClure, Arts & Humanities
Cynthia W. Rountree, Office of Compliance and Diversity Programs
Manuel Sanudo, Library
Steven A. Solieri, Accounting
Gopal Subramaniam, Chemistry


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Eva M. Fernández
Assistant Vice Provost​

Thomas Szlezak
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(718) 997-4858​

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