Catherine Finneran Andersen, Ph.D. has served as an advisor to the Gardner Institute for over ten years. She has worked with numerous colleges and university guiding institutional efforts in FoE, four year and transfer as well as Gateways to Completion (G2C). Currently, she is the Vice Provost and is a full professor at the University of Baltimore and is responsible for curriculum, General Education, accreditation, institutional research, excellence in teaching and learning, retention, student success and assessment. Prior, she served as Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer, Associate Provost, Dean of Enrollment and General Studies, Director of the First-Year Experience and Chairperson of the Communication and Developmental Studies at Gallaudet University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus. She served on the national advisory board for the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and currently serves on the national advisory board for Teagle Assessment Scholars. In 1994, she was awarded the honor of Gallaudet’s Distinguished Faculty of the Year and 1997 she was named one of the nation’s Outstanding First-Year Advocates; Andersen is thrilled to be using her experience to work with JNGI’s Foundations of Excellence colleges.