Unit: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Program: Civil Engineering (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Fri Oct 10, 2014 - 2:23:29 pm

1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

The student learning outcomes are 1) attainment of further in-depth technical knowledge in subdiscipline of specialization; 2) an ability to perform engineering utilizing state-of-the-art research and techniques in area of specialization; 3) proficiency in oral and written communication; 4) obtain experience in teaching at the university level; and 5) an ability to carry out independently original research in area of expertise.
Note: these were the SLOs used in 2013-14. We modified them last year and effective Fall 2014, the new SLOs are:

Students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate foundational knowledge in civil engineering and comprehensive technical expertise in a subdiscipline of specialization;
  2. evaluate critically and synthesize literature to inform engineering solutions;
  3. present proficiently research plans and results orally in a formal setting;
  4. perform original engineering research; and
  5. produce publishable manuscripts.


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

Department Website URL: www.cee.hawaii.edu/content/gradstudy.htm
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: www.cee.hawaii.edu/content/gradstudy.htm
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

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.

All 5 of the "old" SLOs were assessed

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.

A dissertation and a defense

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

1 PhD

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)

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

There was only 1 PhD student who completed the degree in this year.  The scores were 1=unsatisfactory, 2=developing, 3=satisfactory, and 4=exemplary.  The one student was rated exemplary in every SLO except oral presentation, for which he got a 3.  The sample size was very small. 

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

The faculty were informed. No program modifications are needed.

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.

The SLOs were revised.  The new SLOs are being utilized beginning Fall 2014.

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.