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Foundations of Excellence is a project dedicated to revitalizing the approach to a student's first year in college. WVU was selected to participate in the 2006-07 select cohort of institutions engaging in a thorough self-study and improvement process that focuses on student learning, success, and persistence. The goal is to improve the first college year.

The process uses local campus expertise—more than 70 members of the WVU community have dedicated their time to make this study a success.

The following dimensions of the first-year experience will be explored:

Schools in earlier cohorts report that their involvement has led to enrollment and retention gain, increased campus awareness of the importance of the first year, and more faculty buy-in for first-year efforts.