This week in brief
Monday, October 15
4:00 p.m. – LSFY 101 Meeting
4:30 p.m. – High School Choral Festival Performance
Tuesday, October 16
11:30 a.m. – Reflections
8:00 p.m. – Student Recital
Wednesday, October 17
4:00–5:00 p.m. – Reading Group: Response Groups and Collaborative Writing
Thursday, October 18
9:00–10:30 a.m. – Jeff Abernathy available for faculty drop-in
10:30–11:20 a.m. – Convocation: "When Old Science was New Science"
3:45–5:00 p.m. – Year of the Book "Book Studies"
Tredway Library, 2nd floor, south end
Friday, October 19
3:30 p.m. – Conversations on Scholarship
Tredway Library, south end
Saturday, October 20
8:00 p.m. – Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
Volume 5, Issue 7 • October 15, 2007
A Message from Academic Affairs
Over the course of the last 12 months, the General Education Committee and the Augustana faculty have engaged in hours of sometimes difficult, but ultimately productive conversations about the AGES program. We have tackled serious issues related to both the Liberal Studies sequence and the Learning Perspectives requirements. It is now time to turn our attention to the third critical cornerstone of our General Education program--the Learning Community.
I would like to begin that conversation by recognizing those who have contributed so much to this distinctive component of the Augustana curriculum. Faculty members from 17 different departments have already developed partnerships with colleagues from across campus, resulting in 19 distinct Augustana Learning Communities. Several more teams are well on their way to proposing additional LC's. One realizes that the level of faculty engagement with the LC requirement is even greater when the International Terms are taken into account. Clearly the faculty is excited about and dedicated to the goals of the Augustana Learning Community.
We must acknowledge, however, that challenges remain. We must increase the number of Learning Communities in order to accommodate student schedules and to provide students with more choice. But recruiting new faculty teams can be difficult. Teaching a course as part of a Learning Community is far more time-consuming than teaching the same course independently. Faculty members are not yet adequately compensated for this additional contribution. We must engage in continuing conversation about how to provide guidance and support for faculty members who step forward to provide this kind of learning environment for our students.
The General Education Committee hopes to begin to provide such support by sending a team to the Learning Community National Summer Institute at The Evergreen State College (June 24-28.) If you think that you might be interested in being a member of the team, please let me know. We hope to have a team that includes faculty members who have already been involved in an Augustana Learning Community, but also those who hope to jump on board in the future. You may read more about the Institute here
Nancy Loitz, Associate Dean of the College
Augustana Center for Teaching and Learning
Center for Vocational Reflection