Monday, April 29

All Week - 2013 Augustana College Senior Studio Art Student Exhibition
Art Museum, Centennial Hall

11:00 - 12:00M - Blue and Gold Certification: CMS Basics
RSVP to Kristine Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

Tuesday, April 30

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Interfaith Worship Service
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

1:30 PM - The Salon: Nik Maggos leads a discussion about giving aid to developing countries
Black culture House

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning Excel
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

7:00 - 8:00 PM - Art History Spring 2013 Senior Inquiry Presentations
Bergendoff Hall, Room 12
Reception following in Bergendoff Room 7

8:00 PM - Voice Seminar
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, May 1

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Community Retirement Celebration
4:00 PM - Recognition Program
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

8:00 PM - Flute/Clarinet Choir Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Thursday, May 2

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Conversation
Community Engagement Center

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: Beginning Excel
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale, x8092
Olin 105

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Blood Drive
Sign-up for a time to donate
College Center Loft

7:30 - 9:00 PM - 2013 Harry Nelson Lecture in Astronomy:  "Stormy (Space) Weather: An EMFISIS on the Van Allen Probes"
presented by Dr. Craig Kletzing, University of Iowa
102 Hanson Hall of Science

Friday, May 3

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Blue and Gold Certification: CMS Basics
RSVP to Kristina Jansson, x7476
Olin 109

12:00 - 1:30 PM - Augustana Association of  Education Office Professionals (AAEOP) meeting
Board Room, College Center, 3rd floor

4:00 PM - Faculty Senate Meeting
John Deere Lecture Hall

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Feast for Locavores
Lower Quad Westerlin Lounge

7:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Jazz Ensemble Concert
Centennial Hall

Saturday, May 4

9:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Celebration of Learning
Hanson Hall of Science and Olin

11:30 AM - Student Honors Recognition Program
102 Hanson Hall of Science

2:00 PM - Student Recital - Jessica Mahannah, clarinet
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

4:00 PM - Four Choirs Concert
Centennial Hall

7:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Sunday, May 5

1:30 PM - subUrbia, final play of the season
$11; or $9 for seniors, students, faculty and staff
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

2:00 PM - Student Voice Recital
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

7:30 PM - Percussion Ensemble Concert
Ensemble Room, Bergendoff Hall

Volume 11, Issue 31 - April 29, 2013

This Week's Message

Setting Students Up for Success

I am wearing my Student Success hat as I write this week's newsletter cover. This year, many people on campus have been involved in projects aimed at improving student success, particularly the success of our first year students. I'd like to highlight some those efforts, here.  

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department reviewed student success rates in several courses, including Pre-Calculus and Calculus I. They analyzed student placement scores, the course in which students chose to enroll, and the success of the student in that course. The results of this analysis are three-fold: 1) Student placement into MATH courses will now be determined based on an algorithm utilizing their adjusted GPA and ACT Math sub-score instead of a placement exam; 2) Placement into a MATH course has been adjusted to better reflect skill sets required for success in a particular course; and 3) a new developmental math course has been developed for students whose placement score falls below the threshold for Pre-calculus. Previously, these students had no options for developing their skill set at Augustana.

The Chemistry Department also reviewed student success rates. They analyzed student success rates in General Chemistry paying particular attention to the relationship between knowledge of basic arithmetic and algebra (as determined by an assessment completed by students during week 1 of fall term). This quantitative analysis reinforced anecdotal data that basic arithmetic and algebra skills are required for success in General Chemistry. The department then decided to include a basic algebra assessment in their chemistry placement exam for first year students. Students who score below the determined threshold will be required to register for a co-requisite course focused on building arithmetic and algebra skills. These skills will be taught in the context of chemistry and will allow students to successfully complete CHEM-121 and (hopefully) the yearlong sequence.

The International and Off Campus Programs Office, Coordinator of International Student Services, and the Reading/Writing Center have collaborated to develop a course, Language and Culture of the United States, to help international students with their transition into U.S. culture, including our academic culture. This course is on the Senate agenda for this week, but fingers are crossed that it will be approved.

The Advising Working Group, along with faculty who attended the week 7 Friday Conversation, is working to have an Advising Syllabus in place for our incoming First Year students. Just like a course syllabus, the advising syllabus will outline clear objectives for the first-year advising experience and will clearly state the role of the advisor and advisee.

We know that student success is affected by academic and non-academic factors. As you think about obstacles to student success, are there policy changes, curricular modifications, additional programs, or program modifications you can identify? Give me a call. Let's see if we can do something about it!

Have a great week,