The foundational institute is an intensive five-day workshop at UT-Austin that takes place in May during intersession. Participants are introduced to the program mission, model and outcomes but also come away with insight into how our classrooms differ from a traditional class environment, and thus what makes the model so effective. Throughout the week, faculty, staff and administrators are grouped into small learning communities and spend time reading, writing and collaborating within their campus teams and with those from other colleges. In this way, teaching strategies and lesson content is modeled for instructors while staff and administrators are able to plan for the year ahead and experience the model first-hand. The summer institute sets college teams up to be successful in the program’s initial stage by focusing on the recruitment of mentors and students, event planning, and curriculum design for the linked courses.