Unit: Atmospheric Sciences
Program: Meteorology (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Mon Oct 27, 2014 - 3:27:51 pm

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

Doctoral student learning outcomes:

Meets all the standards expected for a Master’s student learning outcomes, plus:

1. Design and execute a path of study resulting in the publication of original work that contributes to a sub-discipline in the atmospheric sciences.

2. Explain fundamental concepts to both undergraduate and graduate students.

3.  Write clear, concise reports and a dissertation.

4. Become a viable candidate for employment at major operational centers, research laboratories and universities world-wide.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/MET/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
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.

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences is just embarking on assessing  how well students are achieving the desired learning outcomes. 

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.

The graduate students have been given a questionnaire asking their opinions about a variety of issues. These include: course choices, material covered in the courses, the scheduling of courses and their advising.

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

Over 90% of the graduate students responded to the survey; this is about 28 students.

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.

Issues included but were not limited to: (1)  desire for a greater variety of courses, (2) more humane scheduling of the classes, (3) a better balancing of number of classes offered per semester, and (4) desire for more classes that require programming.

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

(1) To offer more variety of courses, three new courses were developed and offered in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

ATMO 628: Radar theory and application to atmospheric phenomena.

ATMO 611: Applied Satellite Techniques. Students will work with large datasets and examine these with programs available on line.

ATMO 708: El Nino –Southern Oscillation: theory, observations and modelling.

(2) ATMO 611 is also designed to enhance computer programming training. 

(3) The chair ensured balanced number of courses offered per semester and reasonable course scheduling. 

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.

Faculty committee will use the dissertation and the oral defense to evaluate SLOs.

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.