Unit: Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences
Program: Plant & Environmental Protection Sci (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 09, 2014 - 3:04:32 pm

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

1. 1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the biology, ecology, and impact of pest and beneficial organisms.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field)

2. 2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the environment as a complex and changing system.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)

3. 3. Students will be able to diagnose problems in environmental systems and develop management plans.

(1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 3c. Stewardship of the natural environment)

4. 4. Students will be able to communicate (oral, written) effectively about plant and environmental protection.

(2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth)

5. 5. Students will demonstrate the ability to collect, manage, present, and critically interpret data and information in an ethical way.

(2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth)

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

Department Website URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/peps/Academics/UndergradProgram.aspx
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: NA
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA

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.

The five SLO's for our program were published on the PEPS department websites and all instructors were asked to include the SLO's in their syllabi in addition to the course specific learning outcomes they have.  An initial curriculum map was generated and the faculty met to discuss refining this map to include more specific indicators than presence/absence such as I = introducing, D= developing, and M=mastery.  This draft curriculum map has been attached. 

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.

An email query was made of faculty to indicate which of the SLO's their class addressed and this was collated into the curriculum map.  A faculty meeting followed this to discuss the draft curriculum map and discuss refining it.  

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

Eight people contributed information to generate the curriculum map. 

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)

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: Discussion

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

A draft curriculum map was generated and faculty were engaged in a discussion about program assessment.  During this discussion it became evident that several faculty felt the curriculum needed revision.  A subsequent meeting was held by the curriculum committee to discuss this possibility. 

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

We will evaluate the current courses taught in the curriculum and determine if students are provided sufficient learning opportunities within the current curriculum to enable them to meet the SLO's.  We will refine the curriculum map and use this to identify signature assignments/assessments from which we can assess student learning.  In concert with this we will generate assessment rubrics/standards and benchmarks by which we will assess the overall program accomplishments. 

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.

It was clear through the discussion at the faculty meeting that there was general concern about the curriculum overall.  

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.