Unit: Chemistry
Program: Chemistry (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Wed Oct 07, 2015 - 5:35:01 pm

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

The program aims to develop scientists able to perform independent research with moderate supervision in a subdiscipline of chemistry and to present the research results orally and in writing to an audience of peers. The extent to which this goal is reached is assessed with the following SLO's:

a) progress reports to the student's committee;

b) completion of 18 credits of advanced course work;

c) presentation of background for research project and of research results in an open forum;

d) publication of research results in peer reviewed journals.

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

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/index.php?s=Graduate-Program
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: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chem/index.php?s=Graduate-Program

3) Please review, add, replace, or delete the existing curriculum map.

No map submitted.

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 learning assessment activities between June 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015?


6) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015? (Check all that apply.)


7) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place in the last 18 months.


8) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 6? (Check all that apply.)


9) State the number of students (or persons) who submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.


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


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


12) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 6. For example, report the percent of students who achieved each SLO.


13) What best describes how the program used the results? (Check all that apply.)


14) Please briefly describe how the program used the results.


15) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, and great achievements regarding program assessment in this reporting period.

16) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.

Tthe Department Chair and Associate Chair continued their annual meetings with the graduate students ("focus groups"). The Dept. Chair is also the Graduate Chair, and the Associate Chair supervises all TAs (most of Chemistry's graduate students are supported by TAships). We plan to increase the frequency of the meetings, as well as target special needs and issues with smaller groups and other, informal venues.

Our current number of faculty are not sufficient to support regular offerings of our graduate classes.  We are unable to provide a defined curriculum map, as graduate courses are often offered on an ad hoc basis depending on the availability of instructors.  The Dean and VCAA have been informed of our faculty hiring needs and we await a positive response.