Monday, September 9

4:00 PM - LSFY 102 Curriculum Meeting
Wilson Center

4:30 - 5:30 PM - New Faculty Mentoring Circle 2012-13 Cohort
Olin 109

Tuesday, September 10

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Dan Michniuk, '14
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Computer Basics Training
RSVP to Kristina Zimmerman x7476
Olin Center 110

4:30 - 5:30 PM - New Faculty Mentoring Circle 2013-14 Cohort
Wilson Center

7:00 - 8:00 PM - River Readings: Rebecca Lindenberg, author of Love: An Index
Wilson Center

8:00 - 9:00 PM - Composers' Concert, featuring pieces by Randall Hall and Jacob Bancks; works by student composers Kelly Klees, Christopher Green, Ethan Halsall, John Whitson, Patrick Yasutake, and Kenneth Citro; and a performance by Augustana's improvisation ensemble
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Wednesday, September 11

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Microsoft Word Basics Training
RSVP to Wendy Ramsdale x 8092
Olin Center 105

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Kickoff Reception for Young Professionals @ Augustana
Wilson Center

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Feminist Tea Series: "Taking Back Birth"
Presented by Alisha Smith, Area Coordinator in Residential Life
Free for faculty, staff and students. Tea and snacks will be provided
Evald Great Hall

Thursday, September 12

11:30 AM - Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor Discussion for Interested Faculty
Old Main 117

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM - The Salon, a student group promoting informal intellectual discussion
Brew by the Slough

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Moodle Basics Training
RSVP to Shawn Beattie x7647
Olin Center 110

7:00 PM - "Speech, Action and Revolution in Today's Middle East"
Visiting scholars Maytha Alhassen and Hussein Rashid discuss the so-called Arab Spring
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Friday, September 13

3:30 - 4:30 PM - Google Apps Basic Training
RSVP to Kristina Zimmerman x 7476
Olin Center 110

4:00 PM - Friday Conversation: Mark Salisbury presents: "First Year Survey"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

4:00 PM - Family Weekend Begins

8:00 - 9:00 PM - "A Thing with Feathers"
A recital of vocal music with faculty members Michelle Crouch, voice, Robert Elfline, piano, and Deborah Dakin, viola
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Saturday, September 14

8:00 PM - Magician Mike Super
Free Admission for Augustana staff and students
Centennial Hall

Sunday, September 15

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Sunday Worship
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

Volume 12, Issue 3 - September 9, 2013

This Week's Message

Since beginning to focus more explicitly on college-wide learning outcomes, I think we've all become more aware of the degree to which complex student learning is a function of many individual and interwoven elements of those learning outcomes.  In other words, making substantive gains after four years in (for example) critical thinking isn't merely the accumulation of a lot of little gains in critical thinking. Instead, demonstrable improvements in critical thinking come as a result of the development of a numerous specific skills and traits (careful reading/listening, deliberate analysis of an argument or assertion, perspective-taking, suspending judgment until analysis and reflection has occurred, self-efficacy to take a position, etc.) that the student learns to weave together to exhibit critical thinking in a given context.

This realization has led us to think about each stage of our students' experience, the necessary outcomes of each experience, the way that we can integrate those outcomes to produce the complex development that we have spelled out in our college-wide learning outcomes.  With all of this in mind, last winter we began to focus more specifically on the freshman year at Augustana, creating a survey - much like the new senior survey - that would give us a better sense of the degree to which our freshmen have the experiences that we know are necessary for learning during the first year.

At this week's Friday Conversation, I'll share some of the more poignant findings from the 2013 survey responses and ask you to discuss the ramifications of these results.  There's evidence that we are doing a lot of good things in the first year and there is evidence that we still have some room to improve.  In addition, there are some results that may challenge a narrative or two that we hold about what kinds of things freshmen need to do in order to be successful.

If you are a first year adviser, an LSFY instructor, or someone who interacts regularly with first year students, I suspect that you will find this presentation useful and thought-provoking.

See you Friday in the Wilson Center. The action starts at 4, but come early and enjoy some good appetizers and beverages with a roomful of friends.  I might even get you a drink!

Mark Salisbury
Institutional Research