UAF accepted to Gardner Institute cohort

April 25, 2023

UAF has been accepted as one of 10-15 institutions in the inaugural cohort of the Gardner Institute’s Transforming the Foundational Postsecondary Experience project. The Gardner Institute is a nonprofit organization that works with institutions to improve teaching, learning, retention and completion outcomes.

Transforming the Foundational Postsecondary Experience is a five-year project that will eventually include 60 institutions, all with at least 25% Pell Grant recipients and 20% students of color. The program’s five-year objectives are, among other things, to assist the university in creating and implementing a customized plan for transforming the first two years of college. Goals include:

  • Improved equity in student success
  • Higher pass rates for gatekeeper courses
  • Higher overall retention
  • Higher 4- and 6-year completion rates

The project will kick off in summer 2023 and there will be multiple opportunities to join the work as it progresses. For more information, contact Vice Provost Alex Fitts at or 907-474-6253