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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. The philosophy/rationale is explicit, clear and easily understood, consistent with the institutional mission, widely disseminated and as appropriate, reflects a consensus of campus constituencies. The philosophy/rationale is also the basis for first-year organizational policies, practices, structures, leadership, department/unit philosophies and resource allocation.

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Laura Silverman, Academic Advising Center

Dimension Co-Chairs
Glenn Burger, English
Kevin Birth, Anthropology

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Vincent Angrisani, Admissions
June Bobb, Office of the Provost
Diane Forte, SEEK
Carolyn Hamza, USSC
William McClure, Arts & Humanities
Ivan Scott Lee, Academic Advisement
Gillian Stewart, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Amy Wan, English

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