Assistant Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted: 9/29/21
Deadline: 10/15/21
Salary: DOQ

About This Organization

Augsburg University

Augsburg University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees to more than 3,500 students of diverse backgrounds. The trademark of an Augsburg education is its emphasis on direct, personal experience. Guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Please see more about Augsburg’s commitment to diversity and inclusion below.

Among the distinctive features of the university are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The University’s commitments to our urban context and the world beyond it are enhanced through the work of four signature centers: the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education and Experience, the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.

For more than a decade, Augsburg’s commitment to intentional diversity has been reflected in the student body as Black, Indigenous and other students of color comprise more than 70% of the student body. Augsburg’s commitment to an intentionally diverse community goes beyond race and ethnicity and includes programs for first-generation students; non-traditional-age students; students from a broad array of faith backgrounds, cultures and nationalities; students of various gender and sexual orientation identities; students in recovery; and students with disabilities.

Job Duties

The Assistant Provost for Academic Analytics and Planning will join Augsburg’s Office of Planning and Effectiveness (OPE), reporting directly to the Provost and Senior VP for Academic and Student Affairs. The AP will develop and design academic analytics to support academic planning, decisions, and priorities in such areas such as the assessment of student learning, program review and accreditation, metrics of student success, sustainability of program mix, and curricular development and innovation. The AP will be a key partner and participant in academic and institutional planning. As a senior (and seasoned) leader in the Academic Affairs division, the AP will foster culture change through evidence-based practice that fosters a “culture of learning and results.”

The Assistant Provost will work closely, collaboratively, and effectively with senior leaders, faculty in undergraduate and graduate programs, and OPE colleagues responsible for institutional research and strategic planning. The AP will manage academic data, develop systems, design analytic reports, and participate in efforts to grow academic quality, strength, and sustainability. The successful applicant will be a strong and effective leader in a shared governance environment and in a culture deeply committed to equity and inclusion. We seek someone skilled at asking thoughtful questions that invite engagement and create conditions for campus-wide impact.

The Assistant Provost will offer intellectual leadership and vision for the assessment of student learning, support the work of an Assessment Committee that oversees and coordinates assessment, and work closely with academic deans and department chairs to support periodic program review and program-specific accreditation. The AP will serve as Augsburg’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, and ensuring compliance with accreditor, state, and federal requirements. The AP will serve ex-officio as the provost’s representative on such committees as the Assessment Committee, the Faculty Compensation Committee, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the University Committee on Academic Planning (UCAP). As a part of OPE and as a member of the Provost’s leadership team, the AP will be actively involved in planning that considers mission, academic quality, financial sustainability, and institutional effectiveness.

Augsburg University recently designed its HLC Quality Initiative to focus on strengthening academic data and analytics, building new capacities for evidence-informed academic decisions, strengthening assessment of student learning, and growing the scope of the Office of Planning and Effectiveness. We seek a creative, self-directed, and self-managed colleague and campus leader who can work effectively in our community and leverage the HLC Quality Initiative to effect cultural change at Augsburg – well beyond the duration of the 3-year Quality Initiative. The successful candidate will thrive in a mission-centric culture, bring deep commitment to developing intercultural competence and capacities in themselves and others, and possess qualities of mind, heart, and temperament necessary to work effectively and respectfully in a community deeply informed by practices of participatory engagement and agency.


– Partner with senior leadership in planning that aims to build institutional strength and sustainability.
– Prepare quantitative and qualitative analyses and reports – for academic leaders and faculty in departments and programs – that are clear and accessible, responsive to needs of specific audiences, and help establish shared factual understandings.
– Provide intellectual leadership and support for the assessment of student learning and the development of action plans that respond to these assessments; guide and support the work of the Assessment Committee and others who oversee and coordinate direct (course-based), curricular, co-curricular, and indirect assessments (such as NSSE).
– Oversee the maintenance of assessment data using an assessment management system such as Portfolium or Taskstream (or equivalent), providing periodic reports to academic leaders.
– Provide leadership and support for the work of professional accreditations; develop and maintain data and reports to support program-level accreditation activities; foster evidence-informed practices in program review or accreditation self-studies, reports, action plans, and follow up.
– Offer support to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and the university’s Institutional Review Board.
– Serve as Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to the Higher Learning Commission and as Augsburg’s representative to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
– Routinely monitor HLC, MOHE, and program-specific accreditation and compliance guidelines; educate and coordinate response of academic leaders, faculty and staff regarding compliance;
– Collaborate, as necessary, with those responsible for data and information reporting to state and federal governments (mandated reports; accountability reports such as IPEDS).
– Work collaboratively with the provost and VP for strategy to bring academic data to bear on institutional planning and evaluations of effectiveness.

Required Qualifications


– An earned master’s degree from an accredited institution is required; doctoral degree preferred.
– Five years (or more) of significant higher education leadership experience.
– At least three (3) years of assessment leadership experience to include assessment methodology, educational research design, accountability issues, and student learning outcomes. Expertise in practices of continuous assessment and improvement.
– Current understandings of best practices in the assessment of student learning.
– Experience with higher education accreditation (regional and/or program specific).
– Superior analytical and research skills. Fluent in accessing data from multiple sources for analyses, reports, and presentations designed to inform questions, decisions, and strategic planning efforts.
– Ability to organize and present complex, technical information in visually accessible ways to non-technical audiences; to tailor presentations for different audiences.
– Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in data collection methods, analysis, and reporting.
– Fluency with data visualization tools and appreciation for ethical dimensions of data analysis and presentation.
– Ability to build and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with diverse internal and external constituencies.
– Strong organizational skills, flexibility, sound judgment, attention to detail, emotional intelligence, intercultural competence, and problem-solving skills.
– Excellent written and oral communication skills.



Other Info

Karen Kaivola
Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Augsburg University

Required Application Materials

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of 4-5 professional references as well as their email address. References do not need to submit a letter of recommendation at this time. For priority consideration, please submit the application by October 15. Position will remain open until filled.