Monday, October 5

4:00 - 5:30 PM - LSFY 101 Meeting
Olin 201

Tuesday, October 6

10:45 AM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Reflections - Mark Anderson, Multicultural Services
Ascension Chapel, 2nd Floor, Founders Hall

Wednesday, October 7

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.

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

Thursday, October 8

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Convocation:  Josh Swiller
Centennial Hall

11:30 AM - "Advancing Augustana" - a conversation led by President Bahls
Evald Great Hall

3:30 - 4:30 PM - 2009 Kemper Reflective Leader Intern Presentations
Evald Hall Rooms 313-314
4:45 - 6:00 PM - Reception and Poster Session of Reflective Leader Interns
Evald Great Hall 

Friday, October 9

2:30 - 3:30 PM - Walk-in Hour with Jeff
116 Founders Hall

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Week Seven Seminar
3:30 PM - refreshments
See Announcements for more information
Tredway Library, 2nd Floor, South End

7:00 PM - Fritiof Ander Lecture in Immigration History by Anne-Charlotte Harvey
Room 102, Science Building

Saturday, October 10

9:00 AM - Augustana Visit Day
Carver Physical Education Center

8:00 PM - Augustana Symphony Orchestra Concert
Centennial Hall

Sunday, October 11 

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

2:00 PM - Faculty Recital-Janet Stodd, flute & piccolo
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

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

Volume 7, Issue 7 - October 5, 2009

This Week's Message

Dear Colleagues, 

Please join me in congratulating Michael Nolan and Tim Schermer, who have together now completed final reports on the work of a four-year Teagle Foundation grant. In this effort, we worked with five other Midwest Alliance for Learning in the Liberal Arts (MALLA) colleges --Alma, Gustavus, Illinois Wesleyan, Luther and Wittenberg--to study the value added by our institutions in the areas of writing, critical thinking and civic engagement.  I've highlighted some of the most interesting findings below; see the attached reports for more information.

Mike served as principal investigator of the grant, and Tim led institutional research efforts for the six colleges involved in the study. Below you will find a summary of our findings; as you will see, we have much to build upon from the data.  

Our work through this Teagle grant has led to two subsequent grants in the last few years. In addition to the funding, these grants are important recognition of the work of Augustana faculty. Many thanks to all of those who have participated! 


Jeff Abernathy

MALLA Civic Engagement of Alumni 1997 and 2002
MALLA Civic Engagement Analysis College Senior Survey 2007-2008
MALLA Collegiate Learning Assesment Value Added Report
MALLA Longitudinal Writing and Critical Thinking

Summary of Findings

Writing and Critical Thinking

In our longitudinal study of writing and critical thinking at the first-year and junior or senior levels we looked at looked at results of the national Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) exam and our reading of student papers written for regular course work.   We found:

Civic Engagement 

As you will recall, the primary focus of the final year of our study was civic engagement, and we are collectively encouraged by our results. The MALLA institutions are doing excellent work in preparing and motivating students for civic engagement, and are having a significant impact on the development of students' civic values. Among our findings from our alumni survey: 

Finally, we have gained additional evidence that 'high impact practices' are effective in deepening civic engagement. There appears to be a positive association between study abroad, internships, independent study, and off‐campus employment and higher alumni civic involvement. We need further study to understand the causes of these associations and how these programs might be designed to utilize their full potential with regard to encouraging alumni civic engagement, and we are just now planning a proposal to the Spencer Foundation to continue the work that Teagle funding has started.