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University Student Learning Outcomes

Kansas State University strives to create an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and growth, one in which academic freedom, breadth of thought and action, and individual empowerment are valued and flourish. We endeavor to prepare citizens who will continue to learn and will contribute to the societies in which they live and work.

Students share in the responsibility for a successful university educational experience. Upon completion of their degree and regardless of disciplinary major, undergraduates are expected to demonstrate ability in at least five essential areas.


Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge and apply the methods of inquiry in a discipline of their choosing, and they will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across their choice of varied disciplines.

Critical Thinking.

Students will demonstrate the ability to access and interpret information, respond and adapt to changing situations, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.


Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.


Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the skills necessary to live and work in a diverse world.

Academic and Professional Integrity.

Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the ethical standards of their academic discipline and/or profession.

Theatre Student Learning Outcomes

For the B.A., B.S. in Theatre, nine Student Learning Outcomes have been assessed:

  1. Knowledge of the various means through which a theatrical concept is realized;
  2. Knowledge of plays that are representative of the development of theatre and drama;
  3. Knowledge of theatre history;
  4. Knowledge of research sources and methods,
  5. A competency in chosen specialization and/or general proficiency in a broad based background in Theatre Arts;
  6. The ability to think critically and analytically, and to evaluate critical concepts in the context of a range of individual dramatic works;
  7. The cultivation of the following viewpoints:

             A. Development of Professional discipline.
             B. Development of collaborative attitude.
             C. Development of artistic standards and judgment.
             D. Development of respect for the art form as it contributes
                 to an understanding of human diversity.

    8. The ability to respond as a critically informed member of the Theatre audience;
    9. An appreciation of how knowledge and skills learned in the discipline of theatre can transfer to life skills.

Summary of 2013-2014 Undergraduate Assessment Report

The Kansas State Theatre program is proud to have made progress in multiple outcomes toward student progress and development.  In all significantly assessed SLO’s for 2013-4, students generally demonstrated growth from each academic year.  Most notably was the consistency and emphasis on SLO #4-Knowledge of research sources and methods in a number of classes not traditionally associated with research; however, the outcomes from a variety of approaches is evident.

Furthermore, it is apparent that SLO’s are having a distinct impact on both majors and non-majors.  With their different professional goals, both groups seem to responding appropriately, in such examples as SLO #7a favorably increasing in “above expectations” and “outstanding.”  Likewise, non-majors are demonstrating consistently high marks in SLO #7b – development of a collaborative attitude – critical and helpful to the overall influence of theatre in a liberal arts program.

SLO Data (pdf)

Summary of the 2013-14 Graduate Assessment Report

Previous to this current SLO review, the MA in Theatre/Emphasis in Theatre and the MA in Theatre/Concentration in Drama Therapy were housed under the MA in Communications Studies, making this the first review of both curricula as independent degrees. Assessment has focused on evaluating Masters Projects and final papers in selected graduate classes, which demonstrate the levels of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students have achieved. Students are committed, motivated, hard-working, and enthusiastic leaders.

The Concentration in Drama Therapy is one of six MA programs in drama therapy in the United States. Students are involved in internships in the community and are continually being asked to expand their offerings at all the organizations at which they work. Professors in other departments report Drama Therapy students’ involvement and interest in their courses often surpass students in their own programs. This enthusiasm is also demonstrated in their DT courses.

Students are asked to assess the graduate program and what they have learned soon after they have graduated. Students have consistently rated their training highly. Every graduate of the DT curriculum has been hired to work as a drama therapist within six to nine months of graduation. Graduates consistently apply for and receive their RDT (registry in drama therapy) after they have completed their required 1,500 professional hours. Graduates of the program keep in touch and recruit students for the program.