Congratulations to Auggies named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List

More than 800 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2018 Fall Semester Dean’s List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2018 Fall Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.

Star Tribune Explores Diversity at Augsburg University

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The Star Tribune showcased Augsburg’s work to build an inclusive learning community as the student body has become increasingly diverse.

There is much challenging work underway, and we are grateful for the many student voices and perspectives helping shape Augsburg’s response to the very real issues of discrimination in our world.

View the article.

 

Story: Record five African-American female players start basketball game

Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald
Photo by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder highlighted Augsburg University students Arianna Jones, Camille McCoy, Tamara McLenore, Camryn Speese, and Kaezha Wubben, who at their Nov. 19 game against University of Wisconsin-Superior made history after becoming the first five African-American starters at a college basketball game in Minnesota, the story said. The writer described the twelve women of color on the team of 19 as the “diverse dozen.”

“In the MIAC there’s not many of us out there playing. A lot of them are sitting on the bench.” said starter Speese, in the article. “I’ve been here since the beginning…making it a point of getting people of color at our school, which is the most diverse school in the MIAC.”

 

See the full story at MSR’s website.

Augsburg River Semester students return to Minnesota

After 100 days of traveling and studying the Mississippi River, students returned to Minnesota on Dec. 2.

The group had a welcome back celebration on Dec. 6 at Augsburg’s Marshall Room. They shared their experiences, showed videos, and even sang. Kristy Ornelas, one of the 15 participating River Semester students, documented the group’s semester-long journey is a series of five videos uploaded to her YouTube channel. In these videos, students share their day-to-day life during the second River Semester. The first was in 2015.

“The fact that we’ve been able to spend 100 days together in a really small tight-knit group is nothing I’ve ever done and the challenge and rewards of this experience is nothing I could ever imagine,” said student Spoir Delmain, in the video titled “What a Wonderful World.”

“I think family is the best way to know how to call our group, and I feel that way because we take care of each other in different ways. We’ve learned how to support each other, cheer each other on, or cry on each other’s shoulders,” Delmain said.

 

Watch Kristy Ornelas’ River Semester series on her YouTube channel.

 

 

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Fox 9 and WCCO highlight Augsburg students’ day of service at homeless encampment

Augsburg University students serving lunch to homeless families.
Augsburg University students serve lunch to homeless families.

Augsburg University students spent November 17 handing out jackets, blankets, children’s toys, and hot lunch to families in need at a homeless encampment near Augsburg. “It’s basically in our backyard for our school and I think that helping the community is a really big thing for me,” student Tyler Johnson told a reporter. This day of service was initiated by Augsburg student Inam Al-Hammouri, then other students quickly joined, including many members of the men’s soccer team.

“Cooking a hot lunch and serving it to hungry families out in the cold is not something most college kids would do on a Saturday, but these youth at Augsburg University are not just your average students,” said Fox 9 reporter Christina Palladino. “The students believe it is their responsibility to take action and empower their generation to build bridges to those less fortunate.” The students said they plan to organize more days of service, especially now that temperatures are dropping.

 

See full report at the Fox 9 website.

WCCO also covered the story. See full report at the WCCO website.

 

AUGSBURG UNIVERSITY REVIEWING CLASSROOM INCIDENT, PROGRAM INCLUSION

(Updated Jan. 14. This post will be updated as new information is available.)

On October 31, Augsburg leadership received bias claim reports related to a classroom incident and to the inclusiveness of specific program areas at the university. In response, Augsburg leadership immediately set in motion the university’s process for investigating such situations.

The first step was to initiate the informal resolution process, as provided by the Faculty Handbook. Through that process, individuals who submitted non-anonymous reports were invited to have further conversations. Dozens of interviews were conducted. Under Augsburg policy, any personnel discussions or actions related to this process will remain confidential.

Augsburg’s chief academic officer also charged a team of faculty, students, and multicultural student services staff to review specific program areas relative to Augsburg’s equity commitment. That commitment, approved by the Augsburg Board of Regents in April 2018, states that “Augsburg must fully embrace the challenge of being the institution its students need today, creating culturally relevant learning spaces and opportunities that build students’ agency to lead change at Augsburg and in their communities.”

In early January, it was concluded that the informal resolution process failed to achieve an appropriate resolution. As a result, Augsburg’s chief academic officer initiated the Formal Resolution process, also outlined in the Faculty Handbook. Unlike the Informal process, the formal process involves faculty, requiring consultation with the university’s committee on tenure and promotion for advice and recommendation. That committee, which is elected by the faculty, may also recommend formation of a faculty hearing committee to review concerns and make recommendations. Any personnel discussions or actions will remain confidential under Augsburg policy.

Throughout this process, Augsburg is committed to supporting students’ academic success. Augsburg leadership recognizes that these recent issues have raised important questions about inclusiveness at Augsburg more generally. These questions will not be ignored.

A variety of other institution-wide efforts are underway—including student-led initiatives, faculty-led discussions, and more. A student survey is in development as part of a curricular inclusivity study. A faculty and staff work group has been formed to review a proposed general education requirement to support intercultural learning. And plans are in development for dedicating time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January for workshops and intercultural competence development.

“We know that the work of fostering an inclusive learning environment is ongoing, and we are fully committed to it,” said Augsburg President Paul C. Pribbenow. “We are grateful to the students, faculty, and staff who have spoken courageously to raise campus awareness, who have engaged in actively listening to the issues being expressed, and who have called for changes that advance our equity work. Augsburg will address this important topic like it has many other critical issues in our 150-year history: We will acknowledge and engage the topic, not shrink from it, and work together to make the university better.”

Congratulations to Auggies named to the Summer semester Dean’s List

More than 100 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2018 Summer Semester Dean’s List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2018 Summer Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.

Congratulations to Auggies named to the Spring Semester Dean’s List

Augsburg University SealMore than 800 Augsburg University undergraduate students were named to the 2018 Spring Semester Dean’s List. The Augsburg University Dean’s List recognizes those full-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and those part-time students who have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a given term.

View the 2018 Spring Semester Dean’s List.

Students who wish to notify their hometown newspapers of their achievement can do so at their discretion using a news announcement template.

U of M students identify Augsburg’s StepUp recovery community as “exemplary model”

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U of M students look to Augsburg’s StepUp program as recovery community role model. Image by MinnPost.

University of Minnesota journalism students identified Augsburg’s StepUp program as a role model, according to a MinnPost article.

The StepUP Program at Augsburg strives to help students champion lives of recovery, achieve academic success, and thrive in a community of accountability and support.

“As soon as you start to look for recovery colleges, you see Augsburg because it is such an exemplary model,” U of M student Alex Wittenberg told MinnPost.

Tamarah Gehlen, StepUp’s director, said in the MinnPost story that the need for the program is demonstrated and it’s working. “We have produced wonderful results.”

Read the full story at MinnPost .

Augsburg adopts test-optional admissions policy

Augsburg University is introducing a pilot test-optional admissions policy.

Submission of ACT or SAT test scores for admission is optional for fall 2019 incoming undergraduate (first-year and transfer) student applicants, except in specific circumstances.

“The test-optional admission policy aligns with Augsburg’s mission of intentional diversity and is expected to increase the University’s pool of completed applicants each year,” said Nate Gorr, interim vice president of enrollment management.

For a number of student populations, standardized test scores may not reflect an accurate indication of academic ability — including, for example, people without access to test preparation courses and tutors; those who can’t afford to retake the test; people with learning and physical differences, and English language learners.

This also aligns with Augsburg‘s holistic admissions process, which looks at quantitative metrics and beyond. The application-review process allows Augsburg to maintain the University’s academic standards and ensure Augsburg admits students with the capacity to succeed here.

Faculty, earlier in April, approved the test-optional admissions change recommended by the University Council Enrollment Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee.

For additional information about the test-optional process, see A-mail post.