This Week's Message
You might you be interested in the Institutional Research website. Why? The administration is being very transparent about basic college data, and you will find on the site the college's general and academic dashboards, the Augustana Databook, (with data on enrollments, admissions yields, retention, graduates, faculty demographics, faculty salaries, and college financial data), along with a variety of comparative data for peer institutions. The site also includes information from our surveys of students, alumni, and faculty and information on the Student Rating of Instruction program. The information on the site may be of general interest or of particular interest to various campus committees.
The Institutional Research web site has moved to the college's main site under the "General Information" heading. The easiest way to get to it is to use the IR designation: www.augustana.edu/ir . Or you can follow a rather obscure navigation path from www.augustana.edu by selecting "General Information" then "Open Book college data", and then "Institutional Research". Or, unlike the old website, you can now find the URL by searching for "Augustana Institutional Research" using Google or our site's search function.
On another note, Mike Nolan and I would like to thank the many faculty who have been and are continuing to support or assist with several major assessment initiatives. We are one of 74 institutions in The Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, which is following the development of students from entry through to their senior year (see the web site for more information). We are appreciative that all but one of the LSFY faculty for spring was able to free up a class period for administering an exam to our first-year students in the study, which has allowed us so far to approach nearly 100% retention of the students who began in the study last fall, and is a testament to faculty interest in student learning and students' respect for the LS faculty. We are also continuing with the Teagle research project that has been studying student writing, critical thinking and civic engagement (with five other peer institutions), and the Teagle research project just underway with that will investigate the benefits of senior capstone projects, such as in our Senior Inquiry program (with three other peer institutions). By the way, Mike Nolan is still seeking student papers for the writing project!
Have a good week.
Tim Schermer and Michael Nolan
Office of Academic Affairs