Unit: Social Work
Program: Social Welfare (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Fri Oct 16, 2009 - 3:04:08 pm

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

Program Goals and Educational Objectives

The major goals of the doctoral program are to:
1. Provide students with the substantive and methodological competence requisite for scholarship and research in social policy and social work practice in the field of social welfare;
2. Increase the number of social welfare professionals, especially in Hawaii and the Pacific Region, who would be qualified to carry out social welfare research and program evaluations, to teach, and to foster knowledge development in all areas of social work; and
3. Increase the number of doctorally educated social workers from underrepresented ethnic and minority groups.
The PhD curriculum exposes students to a program of study and investigation that places its highest priority on independent inquiry and the enhancement of intellectual, creative, and analytical abilities. Each student
completing the doctoral program will be expected to possess a comprehensive body of knowledge about the field of social welfare, related behavioral and social sciences, and the social work profession in relation to one or more social problem areas. Each student will demonstrate ability to conduct independent research on a critical social problem.
Specifically, each doctoral graduate is expected to achieve the following educational objectives:
1. Apply relevant social work and social science knowledge to the resolution of critical social problems.
2. Critically evaluate the cultural dimensions of social problems and promote strategies for social problem resolution.
3. Delineate and analyze social policy and social work practice issues related to substantive areas in social welfare and conceptualize the social or behavioral processes characterizing them.
4. Analyze and apply social science theories, findings, and research methodologies to social welfare knowledge-building concerns.
5. Formulate professionally relevant and theoretically productive research questions and hypotheses, and investigate them through empirical research, with particular concern and sensitivity to culturally appropriate research methodologies and needs in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region.
6. Integrate and synthesize research findings into the body of professional knowledge.
7. Disseminate knowledge through publications and/or teaching.
To accomplish the above, the doctoral curriculum provides opportunities for students to acquire advanced and comprehensive knowledge in the following areas:
1. The application of social science theories and research to social policy analysis, program evaluation, and social work practice.
2. The conceptualization, design, and conduct of empirical research.
3. At least one critical social problem area.
4. Perspectives on culturally appropriate social welfare programs, social work practice and intervention approaches.
5. Pedagogy of teaching and research through practicum experiences.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

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

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

Ideally, all learning objectives for the Ph.D. program would be assessed through a variety of methods. However, we do not have much on Ph.D. program assessment because our cohorts and classes are typically quite small. This means that any data collected from students is not anonymous. Because of this, we have chosen not to collect some information. 

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

To understand if the Ph.D. program is meeting it stated objectives.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Because of the issue of low numbers of students and the ensuing lack of anonymity, not much evidence has been collected. We are completing an exit survey now that will go out to students who graduated in the past few years. The numbers will be small, but large enough to ensure anonymity.

Our recent alumni survey, which was sent to all alumni, yielded on 2 Ph.D. graduate responses. 

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

Any evidence collected will be summarized in a report and made available to the Ph.D. Curriculum Committee and all faculty (via Laulima). The Ph.D. Curriculum Committee can use this data to determine what changes, if any, need to be made.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

As noted previously, we are about to send out an exit survey to students who have graduated in the past few years. We got only 2 responses from Ph.D. graduates to our alumni survey.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

There are no results yet to report.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

Again, there are no results yet to report.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

The Assessment Committee needs to work with the Ph.D. Curriculum Committee to come up with other ways to collect data on the effectiveness of the program that does not rely on student feedback, since each year are cohort numbers are low.

15) Other Important Information

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.