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Institutional Research and Assessment Office

Vision: The Institutional Research and Assessment Office propels the Augustana teacher, student, and scholar community to actively embrace a culture of improvement that is mission-centered and evidence-based.

Mission:  The Institutional Research and Assessment Office (IR&A) gathers, examines, interprets, and applies evidence to improve student learning and maximize educational effectiveness at Augustana College.  We cultivate this process of perpetual improvement in three primary ways.

  • IR&A collects a wide range of evidence through surveys, interviews, and focus groups to inform decision-making at all levels of the college.  In addition, we report institutional data to federal, state, and other appropriate accrediting bodies. 

  • IR&A consults with faculty and staff, departments, programs, committees, divisions, and other administrative offices to facilitate successful engagement in the entire assessment process toward improved student learning and institutional effectiveness. 

  • IR&A collaborates with offices and departments across the college to utilize evidence in designing and implementing pedagogical, program, and policy changes that enhance student learning and experiences.

Providing data to the Augustana community is just the first step.  How should we use the data to think about continual improvement?  Join the conversation with the Delicious Ambiguity blog

Do you want detailed data about Augustana College and other institutions of higher learning?  Find information about Augustana.

Do you want specific information about how we assess learning at Augustana?  View assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Augustana.

Do you want to find out how we improve our work?  View resources for gathering and using course level feedback. 

We've posted lots of data, and if you stumble across something that doesn't make sense to you - contact us and we'll try to help.  Contact the IR&A staff.   

Information about Augustana:  

Augustana at a Glance

Augustana First-year Class of 2019 Profile

Quick Facts about Augustana College (Programs and Majors, Tuition and Fees, Financial Aid, Admissions, Athletics, Retention) via College Navigator 

Chronicle Almanac general: View general information about Colleges and Universities with the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac of Higher Education

Chronicle Almanac salaries: Augustana Faculty Salary averages and comparisons viewed through the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac.  

Common Data Set: Do you still want more data about Augustana?  View the 2013-2014,the 2014-2015, the 2015-2016 or the 2016-17 Common Data Set.  For previous Common Data Sets please contact the IR&A Staff. 

CUPA-HR: National data on higher education administrator and staff salaries through CUPA-HR Surveys.  

Dashboard: quick 5 year comparison of several dashboard indicators.   View the  2016-17 dashboard.

US News info: More facts about Augustana College via U.S. News and World Report

View Augustana Trends in Student and Employee Ratios. 

Assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness at Augustana:  

 

First Year Survey:  We also administer a survey to our students at the end of their first term and at the end of their first year.  View the 2015-16 results2014-2015 results, the 2013-2014 results , or the 2012-2013 results here. 

HERI Survey: Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Faculty Surveys results shown by themesconstructsor institutional profile.

IEMF: Augustana measures of institutional effectiveness and mission fulfillment 20122013, 2015 or 2016.

 Enrollment & Retention Rates: Augustana student 2015-16 enrollment & retention rates, 2016-17 enrollment & retention rates, and more detailed breakdowns of retention rates.

Graduation Rates:  Detailed breakdown of 6 year-graduation rates from class of 2014.

Other Surveys: Augustana also administers the Global Perspectives Inventory, a student readiness survey, and a motivation study among other surveys.

Recent Alumni Survey: Recent alumni are surveyed approximately 9 months after graduation.  View the results with NACE comparisons for the 2014-15 graduates, 2013-14 graduates, the 2012-13 graduates, or the 2011-2012 graduates 

Senior Survey: Each year we administer a survey to our graduating seniors.  View the 2012 results here2013 results here, 2014 results here2015 results here, or the 2016 results here.  

Student Learning Outcomes: Augustana strives for student learning based on these college wide learning outcomes.  Here is an example of assessment work done on the Communicate outcome. 

Teagle Scholars: Did you know that Augustana's Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Mark Salisbury, is a Teagle Scholar?  Learn more about Teagle scholars here and here.

Teagle Study: Augustana participated in a Teagle Senior Capstone Study.  

Wabash Study: Read about the Wabash study in which Augustana College participated. View results from the Wabash National Study

We're excited that the learning gains our students demonstrated through these surveys and studies, combined with our assessment practices, led the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) to use Augustana as an example and highlight us in a publication!   

 Resources for gathering and using course level feedback:  

We use The IDEA Center.

Here is a Powerpoint presentation about using The IDEA Center SRI at Augustana

View a Powerpoint presentation on transforming IDEA feedback into your teaching and related worksheet.

Would you like more ideas on how to use your feedback from The IDEA Center?  Check out their blog.  

How do the IDEA center objectives align with college student learning outcomes or Program goals?  Here is an idea of how to start and a course level to college level template as well as a program level to college level template

View the institution's Spring 2011-12 Group Summary Report, the Fall 2012-13 Group Summary Report, the2012-13 Academic Year Group Summary Report, or the 2013-2014 Academic Year Group Summary Report.

The IDEA Center process should not be the only method for gathering evidence on teaching and learning.  We can assist with developing other methods of assessing student learning. 

Other resources:

 Increasing student investment in the first three weeks.  A powerpoint of the presentation from faculty retreat 2014. 

Consent form for sharing student work.  There are several consent forms for e-portfolio use as well. 

Augustana College is a member of the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium, which consists of 129 small, private, nonprofit institutions around the country that are committed to sharing and using information to more fully enact their missions and promote effective liberal arts education. 

The IR&A staff:

Mark Salisbury, Ph.D.   
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment 
Founders Hall 116
(309) 794-7504  
marksalisbury@augustana.edu

Kimberly Dyer, Ph.D.
Research Analyst 
Founders Hall 116
(309) 794-7148
kimberlydyer@augustana.edu