Student Learning Outcomes
Summary of 2011-2012 Assessment Report
For the BA or BS in Theatre, three 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. SLO #1 is assessed with an established rubric through a review of class project materials (direct measure). For 2011-2012 on a scale of 5 reviewing 10 variables for 116 students by 10 faculty the average was 3.559. 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 a 50-item objective test (direct). These numbers indicated a diminishing performance from the previous year. To some degree, this can be attributed to simply the random variable of different individual students in the classes from year to year. The assessment statistics have been consistent since these assessments were instituted. The instructor ratings for SLO #2 and #3 are 3.68 on a 5 point scale. Department wide ratings for these SLO’s were 3.79 and 3.84 respectfully. SLO 4 was evaluated by instructors based on class projects and papers. It was assessed in seven different classes with 94 different students. The overall average was 3.10. We have increased interaction with the library staff to try to increase this number.
In 2012-2013 we have added 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 trial sample this year in classes using these SLO’s and the base averages on a five point scale were in the range of 3.6 to 4.2. It will be interesting to see if any correlations become apparent next year.
Below are the grids of the student learning outcomes.