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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.


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 2021 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 salary data: Augustana Faculty Salary averages and comparisons viewed through the Chronicle of Higher Education  

Common Data Set: Do you still want more data about Augustana?  View the 2014-2015, the 2015-2016, the 2016-2017 or the 2017-18 Common Data Set.  For previous Common Data Sets please contact the IR&A Staff. 

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

Dashboard: quick 5 year comparison of several dashboard indicators.   View the  2017-18 dashboard.

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

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 2016-17 results, 2015-16 results2014-2015 results, the 2013-2014 results

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

IEMF: Augustana measures of institutional effectiveness and mission fulfillment 20122013, 20152016, or 2017.

Enrollment & Retention Rates: Augustana student 2018-2019 Fall enrollment and retention report,  2017-18 Fall enrollment & retention rates2017-18 Spring enrollment & retention rates, 2016-17 Fall enrollment & retention rates.

First Destination Survey:  Where do our students go after graduation?  Graduating class of 2017 results

Graduation Rates:  Detailed breakdown of 6 year-graduation rates from class of 2014. Breakdown of graduation rates of 2010-2012 cohorrts.

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 2015-16 graduates2014-15 graduates, 2013-14 graduates, or the 2012-13 graduates.  Starting with the 2016-17 graduates, the recent alumni survey has morphed in to the first destination survey, so go up a few spots for that data. 

Retention Rates (first to second year breakdowns):  Detailed breakdown of retention rates for the 2014 to 2017 cohorts

Senior Survey: Each year we administer a survey to our graduating seniors.  View the 2014 results here2015 results here2016 results here, or the 2017 results here.  We also have multi-year trends

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 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!   

Archives of former Director of IR&A's  Delicious Ambiguity blog can be helpful to read about how we have used data to think about continual improvement. 

 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:

Kimberly Dyer photo


Kimberly Dyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Founders Hall 116
(309) 794-7148