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Assessment of Student Learning

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Frederick Burrack, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment
fburrack@k-state.edu | 785-532-3429
Frederick Burrack is Director of Assessment, Professor of Music Education, Graduate Chair for Music, Distinguished Graduate Faculty. He joined the Kansas State music faculty as a music education specialist in Fall 2005. Dr. Burrack taught instrumental music education at Ball State University from 2002-2005 and instrumental music in the Carroll Community School District in Carroll, Iowa from 1982-2002.He has served as the Chair for the National Association for Music Education Assessment Special Research Interest Group and as Co-Chair for their work in developing Model Cornerstone Assessments that accompany the National K-12 Music Standards. His co-edited book “Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in K–12 Music: A research supported approach” was published in 2018. A new text for assessing music will be published in 2020 with co-authors Dr. Kelly Parkes, Dr. Phillip Payne, and Dr. Brian Wesolowski.        
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Dorothy Thompson

Dorothy Musselwhite Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Assessment
djmthompson@k-state.edu | 785-532-2118




Dorothy Musselwhite Thompson is the Assistant Director of Assessment at Kansas State University. She received a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2018. Dr. Thompson has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education. She has previously taught instrumental music, science, and mathematics at the middle and high school level in Georgia.  Her research focuses primarily in educational and music psychology, and measurement and assessment, specifically in the building and maintaining of performance measures.
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Chris UrbanChris Urban

Assistant Director of Data Analytics
chrisu@k-state.edu | 785-532-2114 




Chris Urban is Assistant Director of Data Analytics at Kansas State University.  He previously served as Assistant Director of Assessment. Chris is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.  His research interests include learning assessment and social class identity. 

Undergraduate Assistants

Alexis Pearce
Undergraduate Assistant
Senior Marketing
Nick Friesen
Undergraduate Assistant
Sophomore Computer Science

Additional Information

The Office of Assessment is a unit in the Office of Institutional Research.