The Multicultural Theatre Project and «Minority» Literature
Chapter 10. Discovering Through Assessment
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DISCOVERING THROUGH ASSESSMENT
I think I just realized that everyone has history … even regular Americans, who feel like they don’t … you know because some people feel that they’re kind of culture less here, but it’s all important to God.
—LaShawna, MTP first-year student, French
MTP has helped me discover that there are various ways to start a revolution (smile). It’s amazing to see first-hand the way art can affect people. People in tears have told me how much our words, our actions, have made an impact on them, and given them insights on diversity that they hadn’t previously had. It’s a wonderful feeling to know you have affected people for the better.
—Eboni, MTP junior student, English Pepperdine University Alumna 2002
MTP’s Emerging Picture: Learning Best Practices
Your institutional learning outcomes and your core competencies should drive the strategy you employ. In other words, your project outcomes should be squarely aligned with your institution’s mission and concomitant goals. Assessment is one major prong toward capturing a comprehensive picture of an institution’s health. The assessment process provides an opportunity for reflection and, if facilitated well, provides indicators and measures that can drive institutional transformation. Although your work may be a small aspect of the greater picture, program assessment is the strongest way to discover if the strategy you employ is actually working and what aspect of the strategy should be modified for more...
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