Program: Oceanography (Phd)
Date: Thu Oct 02, 2014 - 11:29:45 am
1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.
Upon completion of the Doctoral program in Oceanography, students will be able to:
- Perform all of the Master’s program SLOs
- Comprehensively synthesize, evaluate, and interpret the fundamental knowledge in their subdiscipline and how it relates to the other subdisciplines
- Independently construct scientific hypotheses and design and carry out research to evaluate them
- Critically analyze and synthesize the results of their research to derive conclusions which advance the field and are of a quality suitable for publication in the peer-reviewed literature
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/GradHandbook14.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: www.soest.hawaii.edu/oceanography/courses.html
3) Select one option:
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.
All graduate students must complete all of the SLOs in order to graduate from the program.
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.
Each dissertation committee must evaluate the student on the program SLOs, and the results are recorded on departmental and/or Graduate Division forms.
8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.
Eight students graduated with PhD in Oceanography during June 2013 through September 2014.
9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)
11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.
All graduating students met all program SLOs, as required by the departmental Degree Requirements.
12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.
Since all graduating students met all program SLOs, as required by the departmental Degree Requirements, no further action was taken.
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.
Program SLO assessment at the graduate level has been an integral part of the Department's degree program since its formation, and continues to work well. Since Fall 2013, the Department has changed their policy to only require one comprehensive exam for PhD students instead of two. This should significantly reduce the time it takes for our students to graduate from the program since that has been an ongoing concern among the graduate students and external review assessment boards.