Changing the Paradigm of Higher Education: the Auggie plan MnSCU Transfer Specialist Conference October 1st, 2015 Aaron Salasek, MA & Catherine Bishop, JD Assistant Director, Transfer Admissions & Chief Student Success Officer Salasek@Augsburg.edu or BishopC@Augsburg.edu (612) 330-1586 or (612) 330-1117 Overview: Quick facts & Why MCTC + Augsburg? Degree program & Auggie Plan Transfer credit Shared programming/ understanding & Other cocurricular resources Next steps? Quick Facts • 3,464 total students • Day programs: 1,945 • Adult Undergraduate program: 449 • Average class size - 17 • Most diverse private college in Minnesota • Student to Faculty Ratio – 15 to 1 • Student groups – 50 • Majors – 55 • Sports – 19 • Fine Arts • So, why the partnership? Why MCTC and Augsburg? Transfer Credits Grade “C” or better (Cwith Associates degree earned) Regional accreditation College level Liberal Arts Major - Both accredited institutions with longstanding commitment to the Twin Cities metropolitan area - Working against cultural paradigm and prestige pressure (higher education access) - Shared “college culture”, for example: commitment to intentional diversity; experiential education focus; leadership development; leveraging the city as an extension of the classroom Auggie Plan • Structured liberal arts curriculum for students to follow while at MCTC, earning an AA, leading to a seamless, defined pathway that simplifies the transfer process • Attainable private college education • Transitions to Augsburg, completing most of the core curriculum and allowing students to ladder into major options • Allows for Exploration • Augsburg College is forwardthinking, with a national reputation and focus on one’s vocation • Lived mission • Liberal arts equips one with the critical thinking skills needed in a fluid employment landscape • Personalized attention and planning Augsburg education includes: 1. Major Coursework 2. Core Curriculum Entry Assessments (Composition & Math) Language Lifetime Fitness 1 or 2 Religion courses Augsburg Experience Experiential Components Senior Keystone Liberal Arts Foundations (AA/Mn Transfer Curriculum) With the Auggie Plan, the majority of the core curriculum is fulfilled (and the course component that isn’t we offer over the summer)! What is left? Augsburg Experience Study Abroad Internships Research Service Project Senior Keystone Shared programming and creating a shared understanding with students about what it takes to get their degree: Financial and academic pathway planning (including what it takes longterm to earn an award and work in a particular career; open advising hours; etc.) Coffee Conversation Seminars – mentoring! Integrated Augsburg Seminar/First Year Students in Transitions (FYST) courses Full-time course-load planning (degree completion) Integrating cross-college community service, experiential education, etc. Learning & next steps Thank you for attending our session and for the dialogue!