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Assessment Information

MSU College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Department of Theatre

Student Learning Assessment Plan


Goal #1/with SLO’s following:

  • Students majoring in Theatre will understand:
    • Basic theories, techniques, and process of dramatic writing and structure, and various approaches to translating dramatic material from the page to the stage (Aristotelian Elements);
    • Basic world theatre history and dramatic literature, including exemplary works and genres;
    • Basic performance and design genres, styles, and techniques; and,
    • Basic strategies of career development and audition/interview methods.


Goal #2/with SLO’s following:

  • Students majoring in Theatre will:
    • Strengthen their skills in observation, concentration, and imagination;
    • Effectively apply learned acting techniques (body and voice) to performance and creative works;
    • Interpret dramatic texts and critique theatre performance using appropriate critical language and analytical frameworks;
    • Apply a basic understanding of theatrical scenery, costume, sound, and lighting practices to theatre production;
    • Identify the basic elements of stage direction; analyze a play, defend a production concept; develop actor-coaching skills; and, communicate story, theme and concept;
    • Positively contribute to the various production responsibilities in the department.


Goal #3/with SLO’s following:

  • Students majoring in Theatre will value:
    • Theatre as a live, human and creative experience, which has the power to transform and educate as well as entertain an audience;
    • Non-Western theatrical styles and genres;
    • The impact design and production have on the theatrical experience; the relationships and contributions of all collaborators and theatrical personnel; and, how they contribute to the creation of theatre production;
    • Individual expression through exploration, analysis, and creation of dramatic writing;
    • European theatre tradition through study abroad programs.


Academic Program Review

Assessment Year: 2011-2012

Program:   BA/BS in Theatre

                         CIP Number:   50.0501

                          Department:   Theatre

                                 College:   College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Accreditation (if applicable): 

                Program Director:   David Balthrop

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Continuous Assessment Planning Process:

Annual assessment, with direct and indirect strategies facilitated by the department utilizing various assessment techniques.  Chairman determines 2-3 annual outcomes to be analyzed.  Data is collected, evaluated, and reported by the Chair to the faculty, Dean, and the Provost.  Program changes/alterations are recommended following each evaluation period.


Participants in the Planning Process:

Department Faculty, Chairman, Students, and outside evaluators (when applicable)

Learning Outcome 1:

Students will understand basic performance and design genres, styles, and techniques.

Instrument/Test 1:

Stage Management reports (direct)

Procedures:

Management reports will be collected and reviewed by the faculty at the close of each semester and determinations will be made on the success of the students involved in the department productions.

Criteria:

95% of the students involved in productions will utilize acceptable professional techniques while working on the stage and will show competence in the duties prescribed for the job.

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Instrument/Test 2:

Professor ratings of performances/designs/technical work (direct)

Procedures:

Each professor will rate their student's work in his/her classroom and in productions and report those findings to the Chair.

Criteria:

In lower division courses, 85% of theatre majors should be able to accurately recognize basic performance and design genres, styles, and techniques.  In upper division courses (and with upper division students), 95% of students should be able to recognize those same events.  A score of 70% accuracy or better will indicate appropriate knowledge/skills.

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Instrument/Test 3:

Class examinations and projects (direct).

Procedures:

Each professor will report exam and project grades to the Chair.

Criteria:

In lower division courses, 85% of theatre majors should be able to accurately recognize basic performance and design genres, styles, and techniques.  In upper division courses (and with upper division students), 95% of students should be able to recognize those same events.  A score of 70% accuracy or better will indicate appropriate knowledge/skills.

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Learning Outcome 2:

Students will value the European theatre tradition through study aboard programs.

Instrument/Test 1:

Multiple projects in study abroad courses

Procedures:

Exams, journals, critiques, and projects will be stipulated in a study abroad syllabus.  The faculty member teaching the course will assess each student's knowledge of the European theatre tradition and ability to communicate the importance and influence of that tradition on current theatrical practices.

Criteria:

90% of students enrolled will receive a score of 70% or better on the relevant projects of their study abroad program.

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Instrument/Test 2:

Final project in overseas course THD322

Procedures: 

In their final project presentations, students will demonstrate their knowledge of European theatre and its importance and influence on current theatrical traditions.  Students should use DVD, CD, Power Point, or other presentation format that is a visual offering.

Criteria: 

90% of students enrolled will complete this project with a score of 70% or better.

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