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He has assumed various leadership roles in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He is the founder and immediate past president of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation. In 1996, Schroeder was recognized by ACPA for his contributions to higher education by being honored as the recipient of the Esther Lloyd-Jones Professional Service Award. Stephen W. Schwartz is visiting senior fellow at the Policy Center on the First Year of College. He came to the Policy Center from Marietta College in Ohio, where he spent thirty-nine years.

Addressing the Challenge of Defining Excellence A third intention for the Institutions of Excellence project was to confront the challenge of defining and measuring excellence in the first year. The diversity of American higher education provides both a good reason and a convenient excuse for our collective lack of clarity about excellence. The much-maligned institutional rankings produced annually by US News & World Report have produced one template for institutional excellence that relies primarily on campus resources and “input” characteristics.

Htm). Such data tend to languish unused— a waste of institutional energy and resources. An obvious key to achieving excellence is not only conducting assessment, but also using assessment findings for institutional improvement. 8 ACHIEVING AND SUSTAINING INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE • Criterion 3: Broad impact on significant numbers of first-year students, including, but not limited to, special student subpopulations. Firstyear initiatives are characterized by high expectations and essential support for all students at all levels of academic ability.

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