About the First-Year Foundations Program The First-Year Foundations Office is located in the Academic Success Center and is focused on assisting students to develop their math, reading and writing skills. Through summer programs, intensives, workshops, and assistance during the academic year our goal is to help students transition successfully to college coursework. 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.