Monday, September 3

Labor Day - No Classes

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: Rome: Season 1 Episode 2: "How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic"
Free admission
Olin Auditorium 

Tuesday, September 4

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Sister Bobbi Bussman
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor 

7:00 PM - The River Readings at Augustana: Dan Rosenberg and Eduardo Corral
Wallenberg Hall 

Wednesday, September 5

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Volunteer Fair
College Center lobby 

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Feminist Tea Series "Dangerous Memories, Powerful Women" and "Velvet Jihad: South Asian Muslim Women Writers Waging a Narrative War" presented by Umme Al-Wazedi
Evald Great Hall 

12:00 - 12:50 PM - Weekly Bible Study for Faculty, Staff, Administrators
"Adventures of the Promise", tracking God's promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and asking how those promises intersect with our lives. Bring a Bible if you can. Bring your lunch if you wish.
Chicago Room, College Center 

6:00 - 7:00 PM - Guitarist/vocalist Chris Dunn and Roald Tweet, professor emeritus of English at Augustana College, will present "Songs and Stories of the Mississippi River."
Rock Island Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 

7:30 PM - "Religion in China Today" - Professor Wang Jianping, Shanghai Normal University
Wallenberg Hall 

Thursday, September 6

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center, Sorensen Hall, first floor 

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Blood Drive
College Center Loft 

7:00 PM - Independent and International Film Series: "Les Visiteurs" (France)
Free admission
Olin Auditorium

Friday, September 7

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation
3:30 PM -Refreshments
Wilson Center 

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Jessica Warren-Acosta, principal flutist of the Quad City Symphony, will perform a recital and talk about her performing experiences. Warren-Acosta will perform works by Prokofieff, J. S. Bach, Debussy, and Doppler.  She will be joined by Augustana faculty members Mary Neil on piano and Janet Stodd on flute.
Wallenberg Hall 

Saturday, September 8

10:00  AM - 5:00 PM - 20th Annual East End Neighborhood Fair
Offering food and entertainment, plus information from various organizations
Free admission
St. John's Lutheran church, 4501 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois 

8:00 PM - Comedy troupe: Second City
Faculty and staff are permitted 4 free tickets. Contact the ticket office.
Centennial Hall 

Sunday, September 9

No events scheduled

Volume 10, Issue 3 - September 3, 2012

This Week's Message

Good Morning!

As usual, we have hit the ground running and already find ourselves well into the fall term.  This week you'll find two short pieces from me (Mark Salisbury).  First, in the next few paragraphs I'll review and update you on the HLC's Quality Initiative that we will be proposing in the next month or two.  Second, in my column/blog (I suppose you could call it a "clog" or "blolumn"), I share some of what we can learn from the 2012 senior survey responses to our series of advising questions.  As always, I hope this will spark a thought or two as you interact with your colleagues and students.

The HLC Quality Initiative is designed to get institutions in the habit of engaging in perpetual introspection, assessment, and ultimately, improvement.  However, HLC explicitly says that it "is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure" (The Open Pathway for Reaffirmation of Accreditation, p. 10).  In the first all-faculty meeting of the term, the faculty affirmed that advising would be the focus of our Quality Initiative during the next two and a half years given the compressed timeframe and pre and post assessment that this initiative will require.  Thus, in the next month we will submit a proposal to the HLC that will outline the focus and nature of our effort.  Upon their approval - sometime in the late fall or early winter months - we will officially commence to improve our efforts under this new HLC process. 

We should begin by determining the best way to engage in a collaborative, inclusive process that is transparent and purposeful.  While we are already convening an Advising Working Group this year, we would like to create a process that allows us to elicit a wide range of voices.  Those voices will be important as we review the data that we have already collected. I would expect several chances to discuss these findings in the spring of 2013. 

During the 2013-14 academic year, we need to identify and implement changes based upon our discussions as well as determine whether we need to craft additional mechanisms to assess our progress.  Finally, we will need to examine our next set of data - gathered at the end of the 2013-14 academic year - and write a final report to be submitted to the HLC during the second half of the 2014-15 academic year.

This is a rough overview of our HLC Quality Initiative process between now and the time at which we must submit a final accreditation report in the spring of 2015.  I would love to hear your thoughts, feedback, complaints, frustrations, epiphanies, and other degrees of cleverness related to advising as this project moves forward.  Be sure to check out this week's Delicious Ambiguity post for our most recent senior survey findings on the way our students experience our current advising efforts.

Mark Salisbury