Unit: Communications
Program: Journalism (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Wed Oct 08, 2014 - 2:30:44 pm

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

1. SLO #1: Gather, analyze and organize information, and to communicate it clearly, effectively and responsibly using multiple media platforms.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3d. Civic participation)

2. SLO #2: Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural and historical contexts of reporting on social institutions as well as on individuals and groups.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 1c. Understand Hawaiian culture and history, 2b. Conduct research, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment, 3d. Civic participation)

3. SLO #3: Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a free, vigorous and responsible press to the maintenance of an informed citizenry to exercise the rights of self-governance in a democracy.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 3d. Civic participation)

4. SLO #4: Contribute to lifelong learning through reports that enlighten and enliven audiences, whether in print, broadcast, online or other new media formats.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3d. Civic participation)

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

Department Website URL: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/jour/index.html
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.communications.hawaii.edu/jour/index.html
UHM Catalog. Page Number: See online: http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/schoolscolleges/arts-sciences/departments/jour.htm
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
Other: Instructors choose to post their syllabi online via Laulima or the college's website.
Other:

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.

0%
1-50%
51-80%
81-99%
100%

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.)

Yes
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.

In May and August, meetings were conducted with instructors in the writing and reporting courses to discuss assessment goals of courses (JOUR 250 and JOUR 300) with specific emphasis on SLO #1. This is part of an ongoing process to monitor, evaluate. and improve goal of clear and effective communication across media platforms.

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.

We have gathered syllabi and conduct faculty monitoring of class activities by lecturers.

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

Two lecturers submitted syllabi; qualitative assessment ongoing during fall semester.

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

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
Dean/Director
Other:

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

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
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)
Other:

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

Preliminarily, coordination of activities between introductory courses to better meet the goals of SLO #1.

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

Continuing consultation on assessment of student performance on writing and objective quizzes to determine what modifications, if any, need to be made to introductory courses.

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.

Course meetings with lecturers, and periodic meetings with colleagues at community colleges teaching news writing courses, improves communication about teaching techniques and assessment of student learning.

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.