Augustana Unveils Goals, Poised For Division I Transition By 2030


In 12 years, Augustana University plans to be an NCAA Division I university. This is just one of the goals outlined in its strategic plan for 2030. D1 is a long process, and the university would need to take several steps and wait a few years.

First, it would need to be invited by a conference and then, second, undergo a multi-year transition. AU: Vision 2030 goes beyond D1, though. This will ultimately affect the campus, academics, and students. 

For people who graduate from Augustana University, the place feels like family. 

“A place that embraces ingenuity, it embraces ideas, it embraces big thinking,” Tom Davis, Chair, Board of Trustees, said.

Augie stakeholders are thinking big with a set of “aspirational goals”. University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says those goals encompass more than athletics.  

“There’s a lot of momentum for the university,” Herseth Sandlin said. 

Herseth Sandlin says Augie wants to add new academic programs, graduate degrees, grow enrollment to 3,000 students, and add new facilities and improve existing buildings in the next 12 years. Those plans include an expansion to Morrison Commons. 

“How we can take what we have and make it better and those types of investments will be important for prospective students as well,” Herseth Sandlin said. 

“Those that are seven and eight years old that’ll be here in 2030, wow, what a wonderful place they’ll have to come to university,” Davis said. 

Though Augustana University is poised for substantial growth and evolution, Davis says the goal is to make sure Augie still feels like family. 

“We’re going to take those core values, the core mission, the core campus footprint. We’re going to make them all bigger and better, but we’re not going to forget who Augustana University really is,” Davis said. 

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