Submitted Fall, 2006
UNK Theatre Program
Principal Investigator: Janice Fronczak, Associate Professor of Theatre
September 11, 2006
The UNK Theatre Program was scheduled to assess the Directing Students’ work for the year 2005- 2006. It was slated for the spring of 2006. Each faculty member was going to attend all the final one-act productions (class final). In order to assess student learning, a Directing Rubric was created in 2003 that was to be utilized.
Due to low enrollments, the Directing class was cancelled. There was no data to collect and analyze. Therefore, the theatre program has no new information to report at this time. As a contingency, the assessment plan allowed the program to assess the Directing Students’work this fall. Again, the class did not make. Most of our eligible students either have graduated or are graduating this fall.
The UNK Theatre program underwent an Academic Program Review last spring. The Committee reached the conclusion that the theatre program in a program under transition and has been operating under very un-stable conditions. One result of this is the lack of recruitment and steady retention of students. In order to take the Directing class, a student must be in a junior or senior standing. The program graduated two theatre students last spring and will graduate six more students this fall. Others have transferred to other institutions. Therefore, the program has run out of eligible students to take the Directing class at this time.
As far as the other components of our program are concerned as regards to Assessment, the faculty are currently working on their responses to the APR. Suggestions to improve and stabilize the theatre program will be forthcoming from within the program itself. The revised curriculum which underwent a major revision has been approved at several levels and is at the last two levels to be approved and implemented. With these program changes, future Directing classes should make and will be once more put into the Assessment cycle.