Monday, August 26

All Day - Center for Student Life (CSL) Celebration
Refreshments, music and drink specials at the Brew by the Slough all day
Center for Student Life (CSL) addition to the Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - LSFY Meeting:  New to LSFY 102 Orientation Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, August 27

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Full Faculty Meeting
Olin Auditorium

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Cameron Onumah, SGA President
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Discover Cuba with WVIK
Informational meeting about "Discover Cuba" trip departin October 31st
Wilson Center

Wednesday, August 28

3:00 PM - Reception for Dennis Hittle, Capital Projects Coordinator
All faculty and staff are invited
Wilson Center

Thursday, August 29

No events

Friday, August 30

3:30 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversation - Reception
Wilson Center

Saturday, August 31

Biodiversity Day
A free public event that invites Augustana students, faculty and volunteers to help assess the health of local ecosystems by taking an inventory of plants, animals and soil types. Participatns must register HERE
Green Valley Nature Preserve, 5920 52nd Avenue, Moline, IL

Sunday, September 1

No events

Volume 12, Issue 1 - August 26, 2013

Advising

Welcome to the newest edition to the Faculty Newsletter-a page devoted to advising! All advising related topics are game, and topic suggestions are welcome!

This week's topic is our Quality Initiative Project (QIP) for our upcoming Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation visit.

Summary

The Quality Initiative Project is a new component of the HLC Open Pathways accreditation program. In this system, institutions self-identify a project they want to work on and assess as part of the accreditation process. Last year, faculty chose advising as our QIP.

Our project, Academic Advising: Elevating our Practice, seeks to leverage the advisor/advisee relationship to help students identify and engage in experiences-academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular-that align with their developmental stage and preparation for life after graduation.

The 2010-11 advising program review and 2012 Senior Survey data reveal both strengths and weaknesses in our advising program. These data demonstrate a caring relationship between advisor and advisee, one which helped students identify courses that best meet professional and personal needs of the student. However, the program review identified a lack of organizational structure for our advising program, a culture of advising on campus that is inconsistent with current best practices in advising, and minimal assessment of the advising program and student experiences within the program. Senior survey data reveal we are missing opportunities in advising to link students to meaningful experiences.

The QIP is part of a larger effort to address these concerns and others. Two critical components of the QIP are professional development for advisors and creating advising resources for both advisors and advisees.

We will be collecting data throughout this academic year, and we will compile our findings in the fall of 2014.

You can read the entire QIP proposal here.