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Foundation of Excellence Dimensions 


The John N. Gardner Institute’s Foundational Dimensions® provide a paradigm for institutional self-evaluation in order to improve students’ first year at Austin Peay. According to the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, four heuristics inform the Dimensions: 

  1. The academic mission surpasses all other institutional missions.
  2. The first academic year provides the basis on which the academic mission is built.
  3. Systematic evidence support the Dimensions.
  4. The Dimensions work in collaboration to provide a framework for improving the undergraduate experience.