Institutional Research and Assessment Office
Vision: The Institutional Research and Assessment Office propels the Augustana teacher, student, and scholar community to actively embrace a culture of improvement that is mission-centered and evidence-based.
Mission: The Institutional Research and Assessment Office (IR&A) gathers, examines, interprets, and applies evidence to improve student learning and maximize educational effectiveness at Augustana College. We cultivate this process of perpetual improvement in three primary ways.
IR&A collects a wide range of evidence through surveys, interviews, and focus groups to inform decision-making at all levels of the college. In addition, we report institutional data to federal, state, and other appropriate accrediting bodies.
IR&A consults with faculty and staff, departments, programs, committees, divisions, and other administrative offices to facilitate successful engagement in the entire assessment process toward improved student learning and institutional effectiveness.
IR&A collaborates with offices and departments across the college to utilize evidence in designing and implementing pedagogical, program, and policy changes that enhance student learning and experiences.
Providing data to the Augustana community is just the first step. How should we use the data to think about continual improvement? Join the conversation with the Delicious Ambiguity blog
Do you want detailed data about Augustana College and other institutions of higher learning? Find information about Augustana.
Do you want specific information about how we assess learning at Augustana? View assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Augustana.
Do you want to find out how we improve our work? View resources for gathering and using course level feedback.
We've posted lots of data, and if you stumble across something that doesn't make sense to you - contact us and we'll try to help. Contact the IR&A staff.
Quick Facts about Augustana College (Programs and Majors, Tuition and Fees, Financial Aid, Admissions, Athletics, Retention) via College Navigator
More facts about Augustana College via U.S. News and World Report
Where do Augustana first-year students come from? The Chronicle of Higher Educations presents comparison data.
A quick 5 year comparison of several dashboard indicators. View the 2014 dashboard.
View general information about Colleges and Universities with the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac of Higher Education
Augustana Faculty Salary averages and comparisons viewed through the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac.
National data on higher education administrator and staff salaries through CUPA-HR Surveys.
Augustana strives for student learning based on these college wide learning outcomes.
We also administer a survey to our students at the end of the first year. View the 2013 results here.
Augustana participated in a Teagle Senior Capstone Study.
Augustana also administers the Global Perspectives Inventory, a student readiness survey, and a motivation study among other surveys.
We're excited that the learning gains our students demonstrated through these surveys and studies, combined with our assessment practices, led the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) to use Augustana as an example and highlight us in a publication!
We use The IDEA Center.
Here is a Powerpoint presentation about using The IDEA Center SRI at Augustana.
Would you like more ideas on how to use your feedback from The IDEA Center? Check out their blog.
How do the IDEA center objectives align with college student learning outcomes or Program goals? Here is an idea of how to start and a course level to college level template as well as a program level to college level template.
The IDEA Center process should not be the only method for gathering evidence on teaching and learning. We can assist with developing other methods of assessing student learning.
Increasing student investment in the first three weeks. A powerpoint of the presentation from faculty retreat 2014.
Augustana College is a member of the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium, which consists of 129 small, private, nonprofit institutions around the country that are committed to sharing and using information to more fully enact their missions and promote effective liberal arts education.
Mark Salisbury, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Founders Hall 116
Kimberly Dyer, Ph.D.
Founders Hall 116