Monday, August 29

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Meeting: Jon Clauss presents The IDEA form
Wilson Center

4:00 - 4:30 PM - What's New with Moodle 2
Olin 110

Tuesday, August 30

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Mark Anderson, Assoc. Dean of Student Services
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Google Sites ePortfolio
Learn how to create a Google Site, apply a template, add different page types, and publish a template and more.
Olin 110 

Wednesday, August 31

BENEFITS ENROLLMENTS DUE IN HUMAN RESOURCES TODAY

9:30 - 11:30 AM - Women & Gender Study Center Open House
Old Main 225

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group "What if Jesus Meant the Stuff He Said?
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago, Room, College Center

Thursday, September 1

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Marc Prensky and Mark Bauerlein Debate: Are we living Bradbury's vision?
Centennial Hall

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Fall Kickoff 2011
Lower Quad in front of Olin & Tredway Library

Friday, September 2

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Meet the new Career Development Director, Karen Eilers
Lower Quad in front of Olin & Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Pareena Lawrence and Carla Tracy discuss the Library Book Deaccessioning Policy
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, September 3

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Second City Goes to College: The FAFSA and the Furious
Free for Augustana students and staff with ID. $8 for general admission
Centennial Hall

Sunday, September 4

Volume 9, Issue 2 - August 29, 2011

Delicious Ambiguity (Institutional Research and Assessment)

Over the last several years, Augustana has increasingly encouraged students to participate in an internship, study abroad, or undergraduate research. As a result, our participation rates have increased and more of our students are gaining the benefits of these potentially powerful learning experiences. Yet while we track the participation rates for each of these educational experiences separately, we haven't talked as much about the degree to which students who participate in any one of these experiences actually participate in multiple experiences, thereby making the total percentage of students who engage in any of these experiences substantively lower than we might like to think. In addition, we have not yet thought as much about how to systematically ensure that each student engages in the kind of experiential learning that best fits their educational needs and goals.

To get a better handle on these questions, I looked at the senior survey data from the spring of 2008 and 2009. For context purposes, here are the separate participation rates for study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research (just to clarify, undergraduate research is defined as working with a faculty member on a research project).

• Study abroad 39.5%
• Internships 44.1%
• Undergraduate Research 16.6%

However, it is clear that there are quite a few students engaged in multiple activities. So, after re-examining the data, here is the percentage of students who did or did not participate in at least one of these activities.

• Students who participated in at least one activity: 67%
• Students who did not participate in any activities: 33%

Thus, while a majority of our students are gaining the benefits of one of these "high impact activities," a substantial proportion of them are not.

While there might be many varied and valid reasons for the 33% who did not participate in any of these activities, I'd like to highlight one difference between those who did and did not participate for you to ponder - the relative proportion of men and women in each group. Again, for context, in this dataset 58.8% of the respondents were female and 41.2% were male.

Among those who participated in at least one activity, 64.7% were female and 35.3% were male.

Among those who did not participate in any of these activities, 47% were female and 53% were male.

Is this participation gap a reason for concern? If so, what could we do about it?

Make it a good day,

Mark