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Student Learning Outcomes

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.

  • Knowledge. 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.

  • Communication. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

  • Diversity. 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.

Dance Minor/Dance Certificate: Student Learning Outcomes

For the Minor and Certificate in Dance, the following Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) are assessed:

SLO #1: Think critically, listen effectively, and clearly communicate ideas in writing, speech, and physical movement

SLO #2: Outline the major accomplishments and figures in the field of dance, tracing their history, lineage, training, and aesthetic.

SLO #3: View, analyze, and effectively criticize choreographed dances and be able to offer constructive feedback to a dance’s creator.

SLO #4: Define, analyze, and apply the dynamics, physiology, and artistry of dance technique (Ballet, Jazz, Modern, or Tap Dance) at the advanced level.

SLO #5: Identify the major bones and muscles of the human anatomy and describe their actions.

SLO #6: Dance with healthy, anatomically true alignment of the human body.

SLO #7: Make connections between dance and the other arts, as well as disciplines outside the arts.