Executive Summary Year Of Listening,
May 2014 – May 2015
College Ministries, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Submitted by Rev. Ramona S. Bouzard, January 11, 2015
Luther College is a mission driven community of learning that focuses on educating students in ways that respect and expand their academic, vocational, spiritual, and developmental needs. After eight months of a fairly comprehensive program of listening sessions with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partner constituencies, it is clear that the work of a vibrant College Ministries program, pastors, and staff, continues to be one of the essential reasons that Luther College remains a place where learning, meaning-making, purpose, and faith meet on an everyday basis.
The following Executive Summary will highlight key themes that arose in the eight months of the listening process. The themes came forward as outside consultants (Ramona Bouzard and Rebecca Rudquist) reviewed the responses gathered from listening sessions, phone interviews, alumni and student surveys, the college pastors, and meetings with the Listening and Visioning group appointed by President Paula Carlson. A full report, including an expanded narrative of the topics covered in this executive summary, is being completed by Pastor Bouzard and will be available for review.