The 2004 President's Report, entitled “Pulling Together,” used the analogy of his recent experience as a crew team rower on the Mississippi River to describe the success that a team may have if its members work in harmony with a common purpose. Employees of Augustana College work together as a team with a common goal. One major example of this coordinated planning process is our revision of the general education curriculum, for the common good of our students. The self study documents many other efforts that show we are aware of and understand the relationships among educational quality, student learning and the diverse, complex, global and technological world in which Augustana College and its students exist. The president has offered a vision of Augustana's future that guided the development of the strategic plan and that will continue to guide the college in its implementation of the plan. The basic foundation of this plan rests upon the college's mission statement, which commits us to offer “a challenging education that develops qualities of mind, spirit and body necessary for a rewarding life of leadership and service in a diverse and changing world.” We can have confidence in the administration's ability to raise necessary resources. The administration has explicitly outlined the plan's reliance on the fund-raising and budgeting processes and its flexibility with respect to reprioritization of the goals, if necessary. The college's allocation of resources and its processes for evaluation and planning demonstrate its capacity to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its education and respond to future challenges and opportunities. In short, Augustana satisfies the expectations established by Criterion Two.
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