Augsburg in Fall 2020
Augsburg University is called to welcome students into the community and help them develop a sense of discovery and belonging. Our plans reflect a commitment to the well-being of the community while adhering to public health guidelines. Augsburg Bold is a reflection of the distinctive experience offered at the university.
Augsburg Bold Experiences
Augsburg Bold underscores our connections in the community for addressing the most pressing issues of our time. Augsburg’s quad has been set up as a physically distanced outdoor seminar room, and we are pleased to announce a series of distinguished speakers. In-person attendance is reserved for Augsburg students and limited to 60; all speakers will be available to stream via Zoom.
This past summer was filled with events that sparked a national and global movement for black lives. Minneapolis has been the epicenter of the uprisings. Many efforts coming out of our city are being led by the black youth. From mutual aid efforts, to startups, to art, we, the youth, are the drivers of this movement, and we cannot stop.
As part of the Christensen Symposium, Franklin proposes a model for moral leadership anchored in intellectual and ethical integrity, a vision of and commitment to the public good, and personal investment in transformative community. He shares ways in which we can discover and foster those qualities in ourselves.
Gov. Walz and First Lady Gwen Walz
Leadership and Relational Activism
Monday, October 5
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
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They will share their perspectives on public service during COVID-19, as well as the challenges and opportunities that entails.
In addition to the speaker series, Augsburg Bold will also include opportunities for students to learn about important topics in our community through experiences off campus—all designed following COVID-19 mitigation practices—and to participate in Homecoming 2020 celebrations on campus.
- September 29: Ben Weaver performs in the Quad, 12-1 p.m. No RSVP needed.
- October 8: Ecological Restoration in the Mississippi River Gorge
- October 8: Make your own canoe paddle
Augsburg is offering face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes this fall. All fall courses have been designed, in the context of the pandemic, to ensure strong faculty/student engagement, maximize face-to-face learning time, and accommodate varied needs of students and faculty.
Campus housing, dining, and life
Students are living on campus this fall under the guidance of public health policies. Students live in a broad variety of housing—from traditional residence hall units to apartments—with dining options. Student leaders, clubs, and organizations are holding various virtual and in-person events to be engaged on campus.
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has postponed all competition until January 2021. MIAC coaches have begun work on building a framework and schedules for a compressed conference season beginning in January 2021.
Tuition freeze and free courses
Augsburg froze undergraduate tuition at the 2019-20 level for the 2020-21 academic year. At the same time, the university increased the total financial aid awarded to students in 2020-21, as we have over the last several years. In addition, over the summer we offered a free selection of our most popular courses online to our incoming traditional day program undergraduate students, allowing them to get a head start on earning college credits while learning more about what to expect at Augsburg in the fall.
Global Twin Cities Scholars is an engaging program that connects first-year Auggies to culturally diverse Midtown Minneapolis and Mexico. Mexico-based faculty teach courses online, and the program concludes with a 10-day trip to Mexico when travel is possible where Augsburg will cover airfare, lodging, and meal expenses. Learn more from the Center for Global Education and Experience.
How we support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Augsburg coronavirus task force monitors new directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health and works to implement public health guidelines across our programs. The task force includes an epidemiologist, nursing faculty, academic deans, global education leadership, other staff, and dedicated student representatives.
All members of our community—students, faculty, and staff—complete a daily symptom screening before coming to campus (or leaving their residence hall). All staff, faculty, and students must wear face coverings while in any common areas on Augsburg property and observe physical distancing requirements. Hand sanitizer is readily available across campus, and we are executing enhanced cleaning protocols. Our Center for Wellness and Counseling is an important resource and offers virtual appointments. Find more details about Augsburg’s response to the pandemic and resources for students at the Outbreak Planning website.