Program: Geography (BA)
Date: Wed Oct 01, 2014 - 12:53:51 pm
1) Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs) and Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
1. Human Geography Stream: Students will be able to explain and critically evaluate the complex relationship between the environment, society, and culture.
2. Human Geography Stream: Students will be able to explain and critically evaluate how economic, political, and cultural processes at different scales are reshaping human experiences globally.
3. Human Geography Stream: Student will be able to apply appropriate analytic methods to describe spatial patterns and associations in the human environment.
4. Environmental Geography Stream: Students will be able to explain the basic operation of environmental systems (biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere).
5. Environmental Geography Stream: Students will be able to describe how human activities can influence the functioning of basic environmental systems.
6. Environmental Geography Stream: Students will be able to apply appropriate analytical methods and techniques to describe spatial patterns and change in the physical environment.
7. Geographic Technologies Stream: Students will be able to identify the specific characteristics of spatial data sources.
8. Geographic Technologies Stream: Students will be able to apply appropriate techniques to display spatial patterns and change in the human and physical environment.
9. Geographic Technologies Stream: Students will be able to produce maps in a professional manner.
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
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:
3) Select one option:
- File (03/16/2020)
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.
All undergraduate majors in the Department of Geography are required to complete the GEOG 493 Capstone Undergraduate Seminar. This capstone seminar represents our most important assessment tool and includes both a broad evaluation of student learning through the submission of written and oral products; and feedback from students on their satisfaction with the overall Geography BA program. Assessment of departmental SLO focuses on the following questions:
1. do students have an in-depth knowledge of complex relationships between environment, society, and culture?
2. do students understand the functioning and behavior of Earth systems and how humans influence these systems?
3. can students apply a range of analytical methods to studying geospatial phenomena?
The Spring 2014 Capstone 493 seminar had 25 students, most graduating seniors. Most students (84%) received B- or above grades, corresponding to an adequate fulfillment of the SLO. 16% of the students received C+ or less (but above D), an indication of marginal fulfillment of the SLO. Course grades are not curved.
Since Capstone 493 offers a comprehensive assessment of the SLO in geography, we do not feel a need to conduct a separate program assessment.