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Augsburg150Augsburg 150: The Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan

Augsburg150: The Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan was designed by the university’s leaders and community to guide Augsburg University in its sesquicentennial year and beyond.

Divided into key pathways and practices, core strategies and goals, and key result areas, the strategic plan succinctly articulates institutional initiatives to fulfill Augsburg’s mission to educate students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. This plan highlights the particular aspects that Augsburg seeks to strengthen, advance, and grow for the future while regarding and learning from the institution’s past.

Strategic Plan website

The Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion

Hagfors Center

In January 2018, Augsburg University opened its newest and largest academic building, the Norman and Evangeline Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion.  The interdisciplinary Hagfors Center is designed to foster intersections among areas of study, support active learning, and connect the University to the community. As such, the new building embodies Augsburg’s commitment to student learning, urban placemaking, and thoughtful stewardship. Learn more about the Hagfors Center.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives

In 2018, Augsburg convened a task force charged with examining the university’s equity work and making recommendations to support its future as an equity leader by ensuring it fully lives into its promise to all students. The task force—comprised of regents, faculty, administration, alumni, and community leaders—recommended that Augsburg develop and prioritize a multi-year, inclusive equity initiative as a primary component of the university’s new strategic plan. The resulting Augsburg150 Equity and Inclusion Framework puts those principles into practice, including required anti-racism training for all faculty and staff. Learn more about our Equity and Inclusion Initiatives.

Award for Board Leadership

Augsburg University received a John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2017. The award recognizes the Board of Regents’ comprehensive strategic planning effort and bold turnaround of a significant capital campaign, which increased institutional confidence and deepened its resilience.

Read more about the award


The Augsburg Board of Regents charged President Pribbenow with forming a Governance Task Force (GTF) to “engage the community in an examination of Augsburg’s existing decision-making structures and processes in light of Augsburg’s traditions and culture and contemporary models of shared governance in higher education.”  The Task Force held 25 information-gathering sessions from January through March of 2014, with over 600 individuals participating.  The Task Force also examined Augsburg’s governing documents, the broader external context faced by the University, best practices for governance and studied the responsibilities and roles of various parts of campus involved in organizational decisions.  Report of the Governance Task Force


Beginning in the fall of 2019, Augsburg held a year-long celebration of our sesquicentennial, with planning led by Professor Darcy Engen and Athletics Director Jeff Swenson, Learn more about Augsburg’s sesquicentennial.