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 Implementation Stage (September 2012)

Implementation of the recommendations from the FoE final report--a multiyear process--has begun. Assistant Vice Provost Eva Fernandez was charged with directing the multiple initiatives of FoE. The implementation plan includes the 15 recommendations from the FoE final report and 25 more from dimensions committee reports. These 40 recommendations were broken down into eight larger areas:

Area 1 - Implementation Team
Area 2 - Removing Obstacles to Success
Area 3 - Orientation, Website, and Dissemination of Academic Policy
Area 4 - Teaching
Area 5 - Assessment
Area 6 - Experiential Education
Area 7 - Expanding Honors
Area 8 - Students to Promote Success


Foundations of Excellence Final Report  (May 22, 2012)

The Foundations of Excellence Final Report is a comprehensive document integrating the findings and recommendations of the nine dimensions committees. The end of the report includes 15 recommendations to the college that would enhance the experience of first-year and transfer students.  


We are very pleased to inform you that
we are beginning a new process with regard to our first-year and transfer students as a function of the college's Strategic Plan. Queens College will be embarking on a two-year self-study and improvement process for this population with the John Gardner Foundations of Excellence (, beginning September 2011.  
The process includes a campus-based task force consisting of nine committees with a broad representation from across the campus. The work of the task force begins with a campus audit of the first-year experience for new and transfer students, continues with a nine- to twelve-month process of evaluation, and concludes with the development of a strategic action plan for campus improvement in services for first-year and transfer students.

We are very excited at this undertaking, and we are looking for broad-based participation from administrative and academic areas across campus. As such, we will be asking for volunteers to serve on the task force as committee co-chairs or members.  

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important initiative.
James Stellar, Provost
Joseph Bertolino, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs


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Eva M. Fernández
Assistant Vice Provost​

Thomas Szlezak
Project Manager
(718) 997-4858​

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