Institutional Assessment at Augsburg University is guided by the Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes defined by the university’s mission statement and the AAC&U VALUE Rubrics.

For more information about Assessment at Augsburg, contact Assessment Director and Associate Professor of Psychology Ben Denkinger.

You can also visit the Assessement Moodle for more information.

View Assessment Briefs Here.

Institutional Assessment Cycle

Augsburg began its practice of a three-year assessment cycle in 2013. Outcomes are defined and data collected in Year 1; data is reported and analyzed in Year 2; needed changes are implemented in Year 3. See the assessment cycle graphic for an illustration of Augsburg’s assessment cycle.

Assessment Activities

Data Collection

As Thoughtful Stewards, students are learning to:

  • critically engage their own beliefs and articulate their gifts and goals for meaningful life and work in a pluralistic context
  • identify the broad foundations for sustainable living and apply them in demonstrable ways

Instruments: AAC&U Rubrics on Critical Thinking, Written Communication, and Oral Communication

Data Analysis

As Critical Thinkers, students are learning to:

  • use appropriate methods to gather and analyze evidence, identify underlying assumptions, and evaluate competing claims
  • construct coherent, polished and persuasive arguments, narratives and explications in written, oral and other formats


As Informed Citizens, students are learning to:

  • engage their communities and demonstrate a sense of agency to create change in ethical and informed ways
  • explain diverse positions and collaborate effectively across social, cultural and geographic differences in local and global contexts

Specific focus on AugSem and Ethical Reasoning

Institutional Assessment Data

Presentations and Reports

Assessment Day 2018

Civic Engagement & Intercultural Competence (2017)

Quantitative Literacy and Oral Communication (2016)

Narrative Report of Institutional Assessment Results 2014-15

The CLA+ (Collegiate Learning Assessment) is a national performance-based critical-thinking assessment of college students. For past CLA+ data, see the Assessment Moodle.

CLA Report 2015-16

CLA Report 2014-15

In the spring of 2014 all first-year and senior students were invited to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). 

NSSE Report 2017

NSSE Report 2014

Assessment Committee Membership for 2020-2021 (AASC)

Vanessa Bester
Jennifer Forsthoefel
Leon Van Eck
Amanda Perkins
Suzanne Gikas

Chair: Ben Denkinger, Director of Assessment

Additional members: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs [sic], Associate Dean for Student Affairs [sic], a member representing the Center for Service, Work and Learning [sic], appointed by the Director of the Center, and a student appointed by the Student Senate.