Developing the Passport Learning Outcomes and Proficiency Criteria: Creative Expression

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Michael Phillips
Associate Professor of Theatre, Western Oregon University

Paul Wickline
Theatre Department Chair/Academic Senate President, College of the Canyons

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Members of the Creative Expression faculty team Michael Phillips and Paul Wickline will share information about the process for developing the Passport Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and their accompanying Proficiency Criteria (PC). You will learn how they were able to find alignment across their institutions – where there was easy consensus and where they had to work through the differences. This information should provide a good background for understanding the role of the PC and leading discussions on your campus about determining the congruence of your institution’s/state’s learning outcomes with the PLOs.


Michael Phillips, Associate Professor of Theatre, Western Oregon University

Michael Phillips has been a professor of theatre at Western Oregon University since 2003, where he teaches theatre history, directing and musical theatre. He is also the artistic director of Portal Theatre, which specializes in devised, original work. Phillips is deeply engaged in public science, exploring ways to communicate science through theatre. Previously, he was on the faculty of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Phillips received his B.S.E. from Arkansas State University in Speech Communication and Dramatic Art, his MA in Theatre from Western Washington University, and his PhD in Theatre from the University of Oregon.

Paul Wickline, Theatre Department Chair/Academic Senate President, College of the Canyons

Paul Wickline has served as the department chair of the theatre program at College of the Canyons since 2008 and the outcomes assessment coordinator since 2010. Wickline currently serves as the president of the Academic Senate. Previously he served as the Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Community College theatre program (2003-2007). Recently, he was selected to participate in the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project. Wickline received his BA in Education with endorsements in Theatre and English from Western Washington University and an ME (Master Teacher in Theatre) from Central Washington University. In 2013 he completed the Certificate in Community College Professional Leadership at Claremont Graduate University.

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