Student Learning Outcomes
Summary of 2012-2013 Assessment Report
For the BA or BS 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; and #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, and #9: An appreciation of how the knowledge and skills learned in the discipline of theatre can transfer to life skills.
SLO #1 is assessed with an established rubric through a review of class project materials (direct measure). For 2012-2013 on a scale of 5 reviewing 10 variables for 192 students by 10 faculty, 90% scored “At Expectations” or above. This SLO is also assessed by a question on the exit interview (indirect). The response for all graduating seniors was in the affirmative. The graduating seniors have cited the variety of courses required as a part of our core and the practical experience they receive in all areas as responsible for achieving this outcome. SLO #2 and #3 are assessed in Theatre History I and II by way of an assessment spreadsheet filled out by instructor based on papers and tests in the courses. 93% of the students assessed scored “At Expectations” or better and for SLO #2. For SLO #3, 93% scored “At Expectations” or better. SLO #4 was evaluated by instructors based on class projects and papers. It was assessed in seven different classes with 116 different students. 83% of those assessed met expectations or better. We have increased interaction with the library staff to try to increase this number.
In 2012-2013 we have continued class project assessments for SLO #5, #6, #7A, #7B, #7C, #7D, #8 and #9. Each of these is being evaluated by the instructor. We did a full evaluation this year on the information. For SLO #5, 159 students were assessed and 74% were “At Expectations” or above. For SLO #6, 175 students were assessed and 83% were “At Expectations” or above. For SLO #7, 1075 assessments were used and 86% were “At Expectations” or above. For SLO #8, 245 assessments were made and 90% were at “At Expectations” or above. Finally for SLO #9, 225 assessments were made and 93% were “At Expectations” or above.
We also looked at all nine SLO’s based on class standing, and we did find that the ratings of the students in each class for all SLO’s increased as the student moved from their freshman to senior year. All indications are that the program is developing the desired skills.
Below are the grids of the student learning outcomes.