Triple I Assessment
Goal #1: Initiate “Theatre Study Through Experience” (TSTE). The Department will send students and faculty to a regional high school for a hands-on series of workshops and rehearsals that will culminate in a performance including both college and high school students. The pilot program will be run at Owensboro High School. MSU students will depart Murray on a Friday morning and return to Murray on that Sunday afternoon. During the time at the regional school, our students will work as actors and technicians with the high school students. The MSU faculty member will direct a short production with all parties involved. The high school teacher will direct a short production with all students involved. This will be used as a major recruitment event for the department. While we will run this event for one weekend this year, we would hope to be in 2-3 different high schools each academic year.
Objective/Timeline: The Department will work with Owensboro HS this academic year to prepare for this event. Scripts will be chosen, students will be able to volunteer for this event, and the Department will encumber the funds for faculty transport. The event will take place at OHS the weekend of May 3-4. The measuring event for this goal is increased numbers in our freshman class. We will promote the success of the event with other regional high schools during the summer and the beginning of the 12-13 academic year. If the number of requests we receive to bring this program to regional schools is beyond Owensboro, we will consider this to be a success. There will also be a measurable event regarding retention of theatre majors who participate in this event. Funding is requested as the Department must spend money on hotel rooms, food, and transport for the students who participate. Rooms, food and transport for any faculty participation will be paid for by the Department.
Goal #2: The Department recently added THD392 Professional Engagement to our curriculum. The addition of this course will allow students to work in their field and demonstrate their skills prior to graduation. The goal is to implement the use of this course at the local community theatre, Playhouse in the Park.
Objective/Timeline: Discussions will take place between the department and the Playhouse in the Park during the beginning of the Fall semester. Students should begin working with the Playhouse no later than Feb. 1, 2012. Students will learn to use their classroom knowledge in the real-world situation at the Playhouse immediately at the start date. Success will be measured by a written evaluation performed by the faculty member responsible for the students and a written evaluation performed by the manager at the Playhouse in the Park.
How does Triple I help our program? Recruitment discussions continually take place in the Department. The idea of "innovation" and doing something totally new and different came about for goal #1 because of Triple I. The professional development course, while on the books, is yet to be tested. The Triple I assessment tool allows us to push the objective with faculty and students to motivate the timeline.