Monday, October 26

4:00 - 5:30 PM - All LSFY Faculty Meeting
Wilson Center

Tuesday, October 27

10:45 AM - NASM Self-Study Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

11:00 AM - Farmer's Market
College Center Lobby

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Eric Rowell
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Walk-In Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

6:00 PM - Hall-O-Dreen
Andreen Hall will host its annual Hall-O-Dreen for college employees to bring their children and families and trick-or-treat through kid-friendly haunted hallways!

Wednesday, October 28

9:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Carlsson Evald Great Hall

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study: Listening to New Voices About Faith
Chicago Room, College Center
Bring your lunch if you wish. Bring your Bible, or there are extras to use.

7:00 PM - Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship Program 2010 Informational Meeting
Old Main 333

8:00 PM - Augustana Jazz Combo Soiree
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

9:30 PM - Evening Prayer & Holy Communion
Ascension Chapel, 2nd floor, Founders Hall

Thursday, October 29

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Division Meetings
See Announcements for locations

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Faculty Forum
Olin Auditorium

2:00 PM - Frieze Lecture: Felix Mendelssohn Revisited
Deborah Dakin will speak on composer, organist, pianist and conductor of music who lived from 1809-1847
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island

Friday, October 30

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Environmental Sustainability as a Curricular Topic - Jeff Strasser and David Snowball
3:30 PM - refreshments
Wilson Center

8:00 PM - Augustana Choir Fall Concert
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady Street, Davenport

Saturday, October 31

2:00 PM - Augustana Concert Band Concert
Centennial Hall

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphonic Band Concert
Centennial Hall


Sunday, November 1


10:30 AM - Sunday Morning Worship
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

4:30 PM - Faculty Recital - Larry Peterson, Organ
All Bach Program
Sacred Heart Cathedral, 408 E. 11th Street, Davenport

5:00 PM - Sunday Catholic Mass
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Volume 8, Issue 10 - October 26, 2009

This Week's Message

Measuring Student Learning With Peer Colleges 

Dear Colleagues,

As the term comes to a close, I thought I would write you to let you know of some of the important work we are doing with the support of the Teagle Foundation. Thanks to the excellent reputation for student learning Augustana enjoys as a result of your work, Teagle has generously supported several projects we have developed in the past five years. 

We have just completed our work with five peer colleges of our first Teagle grant (let's call it Teagle 1), which focused on writing, critical thinking and civic engagement.  Congratulations to Michael Nolan, who as principal investigator has directed this project. I look forward to a conversation about what we learned from this work and how we might use that data to improve student learning.

Our second Teagle grant (Teagle 2) was awarded to us in partnership with three other schools (Wooster, Allegheny, Washington College) to study the effects on student development of senior capstone projects.  Tim Schermer is co-director of this effort and faculty leaders include Ellen Hay, Kathy Jakielski, Jason Koontz, Todd Cleveland and Carla Tracy. Faculty across the campus have completed surveys of learning goals for the Senior Inquiry projects as a part of this grant.

Finally, we have begun another Teagle grant (Teagle 3) awarded to us and the five Teagle 1 schools (plus Washington & Jefferson) to study how our understanding of faculty work enables or constrains our use of high-impact practices in our classes.  Our central question is, "How can we re-imagine faculty work to deepen student learning while easing faculty workload?" Lendol Calder, Margaret Farrar, Kevin Geedey and Reuben Heine are leading this effort. Our plan is to develop pilots on all six campuses and study both student learning outcomes and new faculty work.

A further word on this latest effort. An underlying premise of each of the grants, and a focus for the Teagle 3 work, is that Augustana and our peer colleges are uniquely addressing the needs of today's students and today's society through high impact pedagogies. We are now exploring ways to deepen student learning through a set of pilot learning communities/experiences called 'immersion terms', in which faculty teach, and students enroll in, only one intensive academic experience for an entire term. For example, Profs. Geedey and Heine are working on an initial model focused on water systems. 

Such a pilot might eventually develop as a way to ease faculty workload while increasing student learning. It might also offer a powerful counter-narrative to the increasing commodification of a college education across the country (neither the University of Illinois nor the University of Phoenix can match the kind of experience Augustana students have: this project seeks to build on our success). We anticipate that the pilot experience will meet multiple gen ed and/or majors requirements, and we will thus be talking with relevant departments and with faculty committees about the model. Please see any of the faculty/administrators leading the project, or me, if you have interest in participating in a pilot, or in joining this exciting work. 

I look forward to further conversation in the weeks and months ahead about these exciting opportunities for Augustana. 


Jeff Abernathy