Unit: Physics & Astronomy
Program: Astronomy (MS, PhD)
Degree: Master's & Doctorate
Date: Sat Nov 01, 2014 - 12:30:04 pm

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

The objective of our PhD program is to prepare students for careers in astronomical research and university-level education. To accomplish this, we emphasize:

  • Acquisition of a broad knowledge of astronomy and familiarity with both observational and theoretical techniques;
  • Exposure to a variety of advanced and specialized topics in modern astronomy;
  • Extensive "hands-on" research, including supervised research projects undertaken in the first years of graduate school;
  • Experience presenting talks reviewing the literature and describing new research.
  • Formulation of an original dissertation research project;
  • Experience writing research papers and observing proposals;
  • Publication of results in peer-reviewed journals; and
  • Public defense of the research before IfA astronomers and other scientists.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/gradprog/introduction.htm
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number: 100
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/gradprog/graduate_courses.shtml
Other:
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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

The Astronomy MS and PhD Degree programs continue to be undergoing a thorough review (Fall 2013 - Spring 2015) as part of our plan to form a School of Astrophysics, as recommended by our external Visiting Committee, which reported on the health and effectiveness of the UH-Manoa undergraduate and graduate teaching programs.   This past year, our emphasis was on establishing new undergaraduate programs in Astronomy (BA) and Astrophysics (BS), which were formally approved by the BOR just this past September (2014).  We have now turned our attention to carrying out a complete assessment of the MS and PhD programs (to be completed in Spring 2015).