Phase 1 - Viking Bold 2019-2022



OVERALL GOALS: Establish new academic structures and centers that sustain excellence, facilitate growth, and cultivate innovative and impactful teaching, learning, and research in order to provide an education of enduring worth; establish new academic programs grounded in the liberal arts that challenge the intellect while responding to the needs and interests of students. These programs will grow enrollment, diversify revenue and address workforce priorities of the local community and region.

  • Established the Sharon Lust School of Education, with Dr. Laurie Daily announced as the inaugural dean
  • Established the School of Music, with Dr. Peter Folliard announced as the inaugural dean
  • Established the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs and approved two new programs: medical humanities and society, and   environmental studies
  • Developed and approved the curriculum for the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, led by Dr. Matthew Volansky
  • Approved the MBA program, launching this fall with the hiring of inaugural director, Dr. Anissa Goehring


  • Establish the School of Business
  • Establish the School of Health Professions
  • Establish distinctive academic programs including 4-year, graduate and 2-year certificate or associate pathways


OVERALL GOALS: Enroll 3,000+ undergraduate and graduate students and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment as different backgrounds, experiences and ways of thinking encourage learning, acceptance and service; make Augustana’s education more affordable and accessible for more students with innovative scholarship partnerships among alumni and regional organizations while adapting the university business model and operations to ensure financial sustainability.

  • Developed a comprehensive student recruitment plan to elevate brand awareness and increase enrollment
  • Established impact scholarships to provide fully expendable  annual scholarship support
  • Celebrated the first graduates of Augustana’s Diversity Advocate Certification Program


  • Develop and implement a sustainable pricing model
  • Launch the Virtual Viking remote learning platform to expand digital and hybrid learning opportunities aligned to academic programs
  • Enhance the support structures around diversity policies, practices and initiatives to reflect institutional commitment to diversity


OVERALL GOALS: Transform the physical campus to include new and enhanced facilities that serve the educational, spiritual and holistic needs of Augustana’s students, faculty and staff, and inspire others in the community who utilize our campus; transform Augustana into a dynamic digital campus through emerging technologies, excellent connectivity, and best practices in cyber security that serve student learning, enable innovative teaching and research, and support the university’s business processes and overall mission.

  • Developed and approved holistic Campus Master Plan
  • Established criteria for decision making, setting priorities, and resource allocation to implement the Campus Master Plan
  • Established sustainability plan, landscape master plan, campus heritage plan and historic preservation management plan
  • Created redundant connectivity and implemented cybersecurity initiatives


  • Expand faculty exponential mentoring model to strengthen the focus  of instructional technology integration
  • Implement the Canvas learning management system
  • Adopt a comprehensive university app


OVERALL GOALS: Recruit and retain exceptional student-athletes to maintain academic and athletic excellence and enhance their collegiate experience through academic and wellness support, community engagement, and service opportunities; transition to NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics by December 2020 to provide student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a higher level, elevate the profile of the university, and inspire Sioux Falls to enthusiastically embrace Augustana University as the hometown team by serving the community and integrating our mission with its needs.

  • Launched student-athlete nutrition program
  • Created athletic administration internships and programming with an emphasis on identifying female and diverse students
  • Implemented new A-Club and season ticket structure


  • Seek and receive invitation to Division I multi-sport conference
  • Centralize and coordinate student health care and performance training
  • Define Division I championship culture; integrate into athletics’ policy and procedure statements

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