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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. A professor of English, he also served as director of the freshman year program, director of advising and career advising, and director of the Honors College before becoming associate dean of the college.

It is also important that campuses have a clear rationale for the first year—what the first year is intended to do that goes beyond a low-level functional purpose (for example, making money for the institution, weeding out undesirable students) to a first-year philosophy that serves as a platform for the achievement of institutional mission. • Criterion 2: Evidence of assessment of the various initiatives that constitute this approach. Institutions of Excellence are committed to an assessment process that results in data-driven continuous improvement in the first year.

Narratives were rated by using a simple threepoint scale: a rating of three indicated a high evidence of achievement of all or most criteria, a rating of two indicated a moderate or mixed evidence of achievement, and a rating of one indicated inadequate evidence of achievement. The goal of this review was to select institutions meriting further analysis by applying the criteria for revealing excellence. We decided that this stage one review of brief narratives would eliminate only institutions that, according to the consensus of Policy Center staff, provided inadequate evidence of achievement as measured by the five criteria.

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