Stanley L. Olsen
Stanley L. Olsen

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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The Shared Fundamental Values
of Augustana College


Preface:

    During the 1994-95 academic year the Mission and Values Committee, in consultation with the various constituencies of the College, sought to make explicit what are believed to be the implicit shared fundamental values of Augustana. This effort was preliminary to reviewing the College's mission statement. Each of the five identified value words is followed by a phrase that sums up the essence of the value word as it informs the college mission. Each of these phrases in turn is followed by several phrases which indicate how the value is expressed or should be expressed in the daily life of the institution and the people.

CHRISTIAN

  "By being a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America"

     *  Centering on worship

     *  Welcoming all faiths

     *  Nurturing the search for a mature religious faith

     *  Relating Christian faith and ethics to learning and service

LIBERAL ARTS

  "By providing an education of enduring worth"

     *  Affirming teaching and learning as central and life-long

     *  Fostering a broad understanding of humans and their interactions

     *  Enriching lives by exposure to enduring forms of aesthetic and creative expressions

     *  Developing broad knowledge and skills crucial in a changing world

     *  Creating awareness of one's own religious and ethical beliefs and those of others

     *  Cultivating health and wellness

COMMUNITY

  "By caring for one another and our environments"

     *  Responding to needs

     *  Respecting human differences

     *  Empowering one another

     *  Tending to the ecology of place

EXCELLENCE

  "By committing to high standards and integrity"

     *  Practicing faithfulness in teaching, learning, supporting, administering

     *  Nurturing potential

     *  Challenging the intellect

     *  Acting ethically

     *  Recognizing achievement

SERVICE

  "By affirming that wholeness includes reaching out to others"

     *  Accepting the call to servanthood

     *  Promoting justice

     *  Integrating career and service

     *  Serving church and society


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