Foundations Of Excellence

University of Houston-Clear Lake was selected by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education to participate in a national higher education project for the 2015-16 academic year.

The John N. Gardner Institute Foundations of Excellence® is a comprehensive program that brings together faculty, staff and students to develop and implement a strategic action plan to improve the first-year and transfer student experience. Institutions that have implemented their action plans have experienced significant retention increases, ranging from 4 to 17 percent, of first-year and transfer students.

UH-Clear Lake will conduct a self-study process during 2015-16 to develop its strategic plan, which will then be implemented in 2016-17. The institute’s founder and president, John Gardner, will be our adviser for both years.

The two-year effort will be coordinated by a steering committee led by the associate vice president for enrollment management; the associate vice president for student services; and the associate vice president for academic affairs.

Subcommittees will conduct self-studies that focus on one of nine aspirational principles of excellence, known as Foundational Dimensions: Philosophy; Organization; Learning; Faculty and Campus Culture; Transitions; All Students; Diversity; Roles and Purposes; and Improvement. The work of the Dimensions teams will lead to institutional recommendations for enhanced student learning and retention.

October 2015 marks the official launching of the initiative, and April 2016 is the targeted date for the committees to complete their work. 

Stay Informed

Be sure to check your UHCL email account for updates that will be distributed to the campus community throughout the two-year process. You may also keep up with the latest information by visiting this website.

Any questions? Contact a UHCL liaison for this initiative:

  • Office of the Provost

    Phone: 281-283-3000
    Fax: 281-283-3009

    Bayou Building, 2525
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 74
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.