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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.   

 

 

Information about Augustana:  

 Quick Facts about Augustana College (Programs and Majors, Tuition and Fees, Financial Aid, Admissions, Athletics, Retention) via College Navigator

Augustana at a Glance

Augustana First-year Class of 2018 Profile

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.

Do you still want more data about Augustana?  View the 2013-2014 or the 2012-2013 Common Data Set.  For previous Common Data Sets please contact the IR&A Staff

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.  

View Augustana Trends in Student and Employee Ratios. 

 

Assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Augustana:   

Augustana strives for student learning based on these college wide learning outcomes.

Each year we administer a survey to our graduating seniors.  View the 2014 results here or the 2013 results here.  

We also administer a survey to our students at the end of the first year.  View the 2013 results here

Augustana measures of institutional effectiveness and mission fulfillment 2012 or 2013.

Recent alumni are surveyed approximately 9 months after graduation.  View the results for the 2011-12 graduates

Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Surveys results shown by themesconstructs or institutional profile.  

Did you know that Augustana's Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Mark Salisbury, is a Teagle Scholar?  Learn more about Teagle scholars here and here.

Augustana participated in a Teagle Senior Capstone Study.  

Read about the Wabash study in which Augustana College participated. View results from the Wabash National 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!   

 

 

Resources for gathering and using course level feedback:  

We use The IDEA Center.

Here is a Powerpoint presentation about using The IDEA Center SRI at Augustana

View a Powerpoint presentation on transforming IDEA feedback into your teaching and related worksheet.

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

View the institution's Spring 2011-12 Group Summary Report, the Fall 2012-13 Group Summary Report, or the 2012-13 Academic Year Group Summary Report.

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. 

 

 

 

 

Other Resources:

 Increasing student investment in the first three weeks.  A powerpoint of the presentation from faculty retreat 2014. 

Consent form for sharing student work.  There are several consent forms for e-portfolio use as well. 

 


 

The IR&A staff:

Mark Salisbury, Ph.D.   
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment 
Founders Hall 116
(309) 794-7504 
marksalisbury@augustana.edu

Kimberly Dyer, Ph.D.
Research Analyst 
Founders Hall 116
(309) 794-7148
kimberlydyer@augustana.edu