Monday, October 10

Registration for sophomore, junior and senior students

4:00 PM - Deadline to contact Pareena Lawrence about attending Midwest Faculty Seminar "Crime & Social Order"

7:00 PM - Biodiversity in the Amazon Rainforest Lecture presented by Bo Dziadyk
Bo Dziadyk will lecture on the neotropical systems of the Amazon basin
Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa

Tuesday, October 11

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Art Exhibit 'Red Memories'
Peter Tong Xiao will exhibit paintings related to his experience of China and being Chinese in America.
Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

10:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Colin Johnson, '12
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Ekklesia Study Group
Old Main 121

7:30 PM - Bus vs. Train: Ethics in Transit
Laura Hartman examines the use of buses and trains in the Quad Cities from an ethical perspective
Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102

Wednesday, October 12

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

6:00 - 9:00 PM - Moondance for Kari Rose Kell
$15 per person to benefit the Karli Rose Kell Music Scholarship
Redstone Room, River Music Experience, 129 Main St., Davenport, Iowa

Thursday, October 13

10:25 AM - Augustana Service Awards Program
Olin Auditorium

2:00 PM - "Live United" - Informational Session on the 2011 United Way Campaign
Pledge forms will be available, along with Whitey's malts to celebrate
Olin Auditorium 

2:45 PM - "Live United" - Informational Session on the 2011 United Way Campaign
Pledge forms will be available, along with Whitey's malts to celebrate
Olin Auditorium

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Teaching Abroad Workshop
presented by Jake Tiedge (International Programs) and Karen Eilers (Career Development)
Old Main 122

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Why People Belive Weird Things
Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, will talk about how people form beliefs in this leadership and education series event.
Olin Auditorium

7:00 PM - What's Worth Burning? the culmination of The Read on WVIK, an exploration of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and all it entails. Featuring Meg Gillette, Katie Hanson, Virginia Johnson, Brian Katz and Jason Mahn.
Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive

7:00 PM - Augustana Center for Polar Studies Science Lecture "Birds and Bergs: Twenty Years of Avian Research in Greenland" presented by Dr. Kurt Burnham
Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102

Friday, October 14

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Curricular Reform/Course Credits Proposals Discussion
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Peter Xiao lectures on his 'Red Memories' Art Exhibit
5:00 - 7:00 PM - Reception
Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

7:00 - 9:00 PM - Augie's Top Voice
Sigma Kappa Tau's largest fundraiser of the year. The entire Augustana community is invited to sing, cheer and join the cause. 100% of the money goes to Habitat for Humanity
Free admission
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Augustana Theatre: Real Girls Can't Win
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and oler
$11 general public; $9 senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Saturday, October 15

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 5th QC Earth Charter Summit: Strengthening & Sustaining our Communities through Local Foods
Advanced registration is recommended as seating is limited. Website: http://www.qcprogressiveaction.org
Adults $10; Students $5
College Center

7:00 PM - "Blending Celebrations in the Rockies: How Midsummer Became American and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Pioneer Day Became Swedish" presented by Dr. Jennifer Eastman Attebery of Idaho State University
Annual O. Fritof Ander Lecture in Immigration History
Hanson Hall of Science, Room 102

 

7:30 PM - Augustana Theatre: Real Girls Can't Win
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and older
$11 general public; $9 senior citizens and students; $7 for students in classes required to attend
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

Sunday, October 16

1:30 PM - Augustana Theatre: Real Girls Can't Win
Scott Irelan, director
Recommended for junior high and oler
$11 general public; $9 senior citizens and students
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts, 3701 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois

 

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Wesley Acres Produce Open House
2800 Coyne Center Road, Milan, Illinois

4:00 PM - Study Abroad Informational Meeting
Olin Auditorium

 

Volume 9, Issue 8 - October 10, 2011

Delicious Ambiguity

One of Augustana College's fundamental values is the importance of high quality relationships between students and faculty. Indeed, this is one of the most compelling arguments for attending a small liberal arts college. I would argue that this assertion has always included the quality of relationships between students and everyone who might impact our students' educational experience - not just those traditionally considered to be faculty. In fact, students don't differentiate between those of us who are "faculty" and those of us who are "staff" or "administrators" in the same way that we do. Thus, all of us should fully expect to have a significant impact on our students' education - no matter the context of those interactions.

There are two questions on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) that ask about the quality of students' relationships with 1) faculty members and 2) administrative personnel and offices. The response options are somewhat unique - instead of a simple 5-item agree/disagree scale, the available responses are portrayed on a spectrum from 1-7; with 1 representing "unfriendly, unhelpful, sense of alienation" and 7 representing "friendly, supportive, sense of belonging." This spectrum may require a little more thought, but the idea is that these choices more fully reflect the concept underlying the question.

In comparison with all of the schools that use NSSE (most of which are much larger than Augustana), both our freshmen and our seniors report a significantly higher quality of relationships with faculty. Moreover, the quality of relationships appears to improve between the freshmen and senior year.

Quality of Relationships w/Faculty Augustana Overall NSSE Average
Freshmen 5.59 5.21
Seniors 5.90 5.42

 

 

 

However, something happens when our students are asked the same question about their quality of relationships with administrative personnel and offices. While our freshmen scores are significantly higher than the overall NSSE average, our senior scores are significantly lower than the comparable overall NSSE average.

Quality of Relationships w/
Administrative Personnel and Offices 

Augustana Overall NSSE Average
Freshmen 4.99 4.74
Seniors 4.32 4.60


 

 

 

Regardless of the possible reasons for lower ratings of relationships with administrators generally (one such reason might be that administrators tend to dispense fines more often than faculty, for example), it seems reasonable to strive for and expect an increase in the quality of those relationships that mirrors the change in student/faculty relationships. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be case. While the reasons for these opposing trends are probably complex, I would humbly suggest that they are not beyond our control.

Usually I end my column with a simple "Make it a good day." This time, I'd like to end with something slightly different.

In your own way - big or small, make it a good day for a student.


Mark