Welcome to the website of the First Year Foundations Program (formerly Basic Skills) at William Paterson University. Please choose from the menu on the left to navigate through the website. Mission Statement The First Year Foundations Program of William Paterson University is committed to promoting a successful student transition to college-level academics through developmental coursework and student-centered support services. Foundational academic skills will be developed through effective student assessment and placement, student-centered instruction and service provision and appropriate interventions. Student mentoring and outreach will promote effective referrals to services, foster a sense of academic community and provide a positive resource for students. Vision Statement The First Year Foundations Program, through curriculum and services, will be a vehicle for effective transition to post secondary education and success for students with academic needs.