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Foundations Institutions facilitate appropriate student transitions through policies and practices that are intentional and aligned with institutional mission. Beginning with recruitment and admissions and continuing through the first year, institutions communicate clear curricular and co-curricular expectations and provide appropriate support for educational success. They are forthright about their responsibilities to students as well as students' responsibilities to themselves and the institution. They create and maintain curricular alignments with secondary schools and linkages with secondary school personnel, families, and other sources of support, as appropriate.

Steering Committee Liaison:
Laura Silverman, Academic Advising Center

Dimension Co-Chairs:
Philip Giarraffa, SEEK
Ray Rivera, O.C.T.

Dimension Members:
Vincent Angrisani, Admissions
Abdelhanine Benzriouil, Student
Keesha Cameron, Career Development
Daniela Francisco, College Now
Francesca Girod, Counseling
Maria Godenciuc-Dubovici, General Education
Thomas Gorman, Sociology
China Jude, Athletics
Howard Kleinmann, Academic Support Center
Ivan Scott Lee, Academic Advisement
Wendy Lee, Events Office
Reinalda Medina, Human Resources
Michael Neita, Upward Bound
Patrick O’Connell, International and Veteran Services
Kerry Pustam, Academic Advisement
Renee Rhodd, Early Childhood and Elementary Education 
Debra Stein, Student
Simone Yearwood, Library


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Thomas Szlezak
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