Unit: Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Program: Russian (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 09, 2014 - 2:54:32 pm

1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

1. LANGUAGE: SLO1. The student can vocalize Russian non-technical texts with correct placement of stress in words and with the observance of pronunciation rules (i.e. reduction of unstressed vowels, voicing and devoicing of consonants individually and in clusters as dictated by the environment, and assimilation of consonants according to current Russian pronunciation norms).

2. LANGUAGE: SLO2. The student can read and comprehend non-technical texts in Russian from a variety of sources including magazines, newspapers, internet pages such as those found in the Russian Wikipedia, and belles-lettres.

3. LANGUAGE: SLO3. The student can engage in oral and written communication in Russian in various everyday and educational communicative contexts (e.g. asking directions, ordering in a restaurant, expressing opinions in a conversation or a written composition).

4. LANGUAGE: SLO4. The student can write Cyrillic in longhand and type Cyrillic using either the phonetic or standard keyboard arrangement.

5. LANGUAGE: SLO5. The student can recognize and identify and has a familiarity with key aspects of Russian culture (e.g. famous Russians;, representative pictures, music and symbols; common Russian dishes).

6. LITERATURE: SLO6. Familiarity with key works of literature of the major authors of the 19th century (Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov) and 20th century (Belyj, Blok, Zoshchenko, Zamiatin, Sholokhov, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn).

7. CULTURE: SLO7. The student can recognize and identify and has a familiarity with key aspects of Russian culture (e.g. famous Russians with key aspects of Russian culture (e.g. famous Russians;, representative pictures, music and symbols; common Russian dishes). Familiarity with Russian material and intellectual history from pre-Christian times through the present. Should be acquainted with significant pictorial artists, composers, and film artists.

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/llea/russian/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://www.lll.hawaii.edu:3455/first/2186 and http://www.lll.hawaii.edu:3455/sectrus/975
Other: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/2014-2015PDFs/FourYearPlans/CArtsSciences/LLLBARussian4.pdf

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2014:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.


7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.


8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.


9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)


10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)


11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.


12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.


13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.


14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.

The Russian Division is in flux at this time, due to a retirement in June 2013. There are just two Russian Professors and one lecturer now. The new hire is adjusting to her new position and duties. In the meantime she was involved in the following activities:

Worked with the UH and LLEA Department specialists to catch up on the basics of program assessment.

The Program Sheet and Plan Template for the Russian BA were updated, since the BA requirements have been changed. Two tracks existing  prviously - Russian Linguistics BA and Russian Literature and Culture BA - merged in one - Russian Language and Culture. The number of credit hours in courses above the 200-level required was lessened from 36 to 33. Students can now take 3, instead of 2 courses in English, choosing from LLEA Russian Literature and Culture courses and Russian History courses.

Two meetings with LLEA Assessment coordinator took place.

New SLOs were posted to the Russian BA page at LLEA website and curriculum map updated. 

Russian BA brochure and the Program poster were created.

Exchange between Russian Programs at UHM and Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is in the works and will start functioning in Fall 2015.

Student Russia-related activities (Russian Club meetings) are used to assess the level of students' interest in the program. In Fall semester 2014 the number of attendees doubled.