Monday, April 11

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, April 12

10:45 AM - General Student Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Samantha Stewart '11
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:00 PM - Farewell Party for Christina Johansson
Swenson Center, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Stone Lecture in Judaism
Sybil Sanchez presents: "Judaism: A Green Religion"
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, April 13

9:15 AM - Experience Augustana Day

10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff and administrators
Bring your lunch, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - President's Open Office Hour
Founders Hall

4:00 PM - Masterclass with Midori Goto
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:00 PM - Tea Hour Series: "Kairos Prison Ministry and Making of 'Good Christian Women'" presented by Kristy Nabhan-Warren
Tredway Library, 2nd floor south

7:30 PM - "The Archaeology of Archaic Cretan Houses" presented by Margaret Mook, associate professor of classical studies at Iowa State University.
Free admission
Hanson Hall of Science 304

Thursday, April 14

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Faculty Forum on Faculty Load and Curriculum
Hanson Hall of Science 102

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
Hanson Hall of Science 102

4:30 - 5:30 PM - After Hours
Tredway Library, Phi Beta Kappa Room

7:00 PM - River Readings at Augustana
Dora Malech reads from her poetry
reception to follow in languages foyer
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:00 - 9:30 PM - Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics Spring Symposium - "Budget Deficits and Intergenerational Justice"
Hanson Hall of Science 102

7:00 PM - "Unearthing the Hidden Curriculum" by Gabrielle Lyon
Free admission and open to the public
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - "What Are the Ideas and Where are the Bridges?" Sherry Maurer leads a gallery walk discussion of the Augustana exhibit at the Figge, "Celebrating Ideas: Bridging Communities with Augustana's Liberal Arts Through the AGES."
Admission and the lecture are free to Figge members and Augustana faculty, students and staff; the lecture is free with admission to non-members
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa

7:00 - 9:00 PM - "Budget Deficits and Intergenerational Justice"
Robet Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition presents the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Friday, April 15

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Google Documents Workshop
Olin 105

5:30 PM - Heartways Retreat
St. Mary's Monastery

Saturday, April 16

4:00 PM - Student Recital-Paige Anderson, trumpet
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Sunday, April 17

2:00 PM - Quad City Symphony Orchestra Concert, Masterworks 6
Centennial Hall

4:00 PM - Student Recital-Caitlin Gmitro, voice
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

 

Volume 8, Issue 26 - April 11, 2011

ACTL

Greetings from the Center for Teaching & Learning.

My contribution to this week's newsletter is prompted by a timely confluence of events. The first was a hallway conversation I recently had with a colleague during which the concept of "outcomes assessment" came up. Suffice it to say this person is not a huge fan. The very next day a blog I follow reported that the Association of Governing Boards, to which, if I'm not mistaken, ours belongs, had issued a "Statement on Board Responsibility for the Oversight of Educational Quality." (Clicking on that title will take you to the Introduction, available online; here is the complete statement available as a pdf.)

It's an interesting view from outside--or perhaps more accurately, from above--the ivory tower. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this issue since the days of the Spellings Commission and continuing through the Obama Administration's Race to the Top. (The metaphor of the train coming slowly but inexorably down the tracks comes to mind....) I have no doubt that it will influence Steve Bahls' and Kim Brunner's thinking. At the very least it raises questions of jurisdiction and shared governance that we should all continue to think and talk about. I'd like to think that at best it would give us an opportunity to show the Board how far ahead of this curve we are. I think you should take a look.

I welcome your comments and questions and I hope you have a productive week six.

Jon Clauss
Augustana Center for Teaching & Learning