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Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

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Fall Faculty Retreat 2003

The Role of Lutheran Higher Education

Dr. L. DeAne Lagerquist

Dr. L. DeAne Lagerquist

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Religion Department
and American Conversations program
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN

Wednesday August 27, 2003
8:00 a.m.

Mortenson Theatre
Augustana College

This Fall Faculty Retreat is part of section 6d of the Faculty Development Grant, concerning the mission and vocation of the college. Thanks to Ann Pederson, Paul Rohde, and Dick Hanson, for their leadership in this area.


July 30, 2003

To:   Members of the Augustana Faculty

I hope your summer is going well. What is distinctive about Augustana College? Distinctiveness in curriculum and in environment are important in a recruiting world where we ask students to pay two to three times the tuition that they would pay at a state university. I believe we must articulate more clearly this curricular and environmental distinctiveness. During the 2003-2004 academic year, we will take on the question of where we are and where we would like to be as an institution.

This year long conversation will begin at our annual faculty retreat. Dr. DeAne Lagerquist of St. Olaf College will lead us in a discussion of the role of Lutheran Higher Education. She has published in this area and has been a part of a number of conversations on the topic. She will help us work through several important questions, including, What is the role of higher education in contemporary America? Why are Lutheran Colleges distinct from state universities? And How is Augustana College distinct from other Lutheran colleges?

We will gather the morning of August 27th (Wednesday) in Mortenson Theatre. Please note the following schedule:

Continental Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
Dr. Lagerquist 8:30 a.m.
Break 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Lagerquist 10:15
Adjournment 11:45 a.m.


The attached sheet gives more information on the work we need to do on vision and place of Lutheran higher education. I look forward to seeing you on August 27th!

Sincerely,

Dick Hanson
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Ideas in Preparation for our Retreat

July 2, 2003

1. Unlike past retreats, this one will focus more on big picture thinking rather than individual skills to enhance teaching. It will also set the stage for a series of discussions around the idea of the mission and place of Augustana College. It is essential that all of you attend so that we can move toward a collective vision.

2. Part of the conversation must include a discussion of vocation from a Lutheran perspective. A fundamental element of Lutheran Higher Education (or Luther's notion) is the notion of vocation. We exist to prepare students for professions that maximize the use of the individual's God-given talents to serve the greater good of society. We also exist to prepare individuals for a life of service to community, church and family.

3. This notion of vocation goes beyond the education that we provide to members of the Augustana student community. We have an educational responsibility that extends beyond our campus boundaries and includes the use of our talents to enhance the Augustana and Sioux Falls community. To that end, throughout this coming year we will be engaging in a series of conversations about what it means to be an Augustana College faculty member.

4. As we begin the year, there are two strategic objectives that we would like to embrace.

    a. To begin a community wide discussion of the identity of Augustana College. While not an effort to rewrite the mission or values statements, it is meant to define what they mean in the everyday operation of the college. The end result of these discussions should yield:

      i. A statement about distinctiveness that could be used to market the college. We need to make the intrinsic nature of this place extrinsic.

      ii. A guide by which to evaluate the curricular and co-curricular offerings of the college.

      iii. A guide by which to engage new programs that will serve the broader community and potentially enhance the revenue stream.

      iv. A mechanism by which the whole student experience (academics, residence life, co-curriculums) serves the educational interests of students.

    b. To engage the faculty members in a discussion about their own personal vocations and the faculty's collective vocation. The end result of these discussion should yield:

      i. A renewed sense of place and our role within that place.

      ii. Methods to maximize the talents of the faculty and direct those toward leadership within the campus community.

      iii. Enrich the lives of those who work here.

      iv. Methods by which the college can engage the Sioux Falls and broader community.


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