Unit: Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Program: Russian (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Mon Oct 05, 2015 - 2:45:55 pm

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

1. LANGUAGE: SLO1. The student can vocalize Russian non-technical texts with correct placement of stress in words and with the observance of pronunciation rules (i.e. reduction of unstressed vowels, voicing and devoicing of consonants individually and in clusters as dictated by the environment, and assimilation of consonants according to current Russian pronunciation norms).

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

2. LANGUAGE: SLO2. The student can write Cyrillic in longhand and type Cyrillic using either the phonetic or standard keyboard arrangement.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

3. LANGUAGE: SLO3. The student can engage in oral and written communication in Russian in various everyday and educational communicative contexts (e.g. asking directions, ordering in a restaurant, expressing opinions in a conversation or a written composition).

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

4. LANGUAGE: SLO4. The student can read and comprehend non-technical texts in Russian from a variety of sources including magazines, newspapers, internet pages such as those found in the Russian Wikipedia, and belles-lettres.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

5. LANGUAGE: SLO5. The student can recognize and identify and has a familiarity with key aspects of Russian culture (e.g. famous Russians;, representative pictures, music and symbols; common Russian dishes).

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

6. LITERATURE: SLO6. Familiarity with key works of literature of the major authors of the 19th century (Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov), 20th century (Belyj, Blok, Zoshchenko, Zamiatin, Sholokhov, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn) and 21st century (Pelevin, Tolstaya, Ulitskaya, Petrushevskaya).

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

7. CULTURE: SLO7. The student can recognize and identify and has a familiarity with key aspects of Russian culture (e.g. famous Russians with key aspects of Russian culture (e.g. famous Russians; representative pictures, films, music and symbols; common Russian dishes). Familiarity with Russian material and intellectual history from pre-Christian times through the present. Should be acquainted with significant pictorial artists, composers, and film makers.

(1a. General education, 1b. Specialized study in an academic field, 2a. Think critically and creatively, 2b. Conduct research, 2c. Communicate and report, 3a. Continuous learning and personal growth, 3b. Respect for people and cultures, in particular Hawaiian culture)

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/llea/russian/
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://www.lll.hawaii.edu:3455/first/2186 and http://www.lll.hawaii.edu:3455/sectrus/975
Other: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/2014-2015PDFs/FourYearPlans/CArtsSciences/LLLBARussian4.pdf
Other:

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

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2015:

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

Yes
No (skip to question 16)

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.)

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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

SKIP

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.

SKIP

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

The Russian Division is in flux at this time, due to a retirement in June 2015. There are just two Russian Professors, one of them is a temporary Visiting Assistant Professor on exchange from Vladivostok. The program Chair helps the new hires to develop the syllabi for their courses using the standard Russian Program SLOs. 

The only permamnent faculty is adjusting to her new position and duties as Russian Division Chair. In the meantime she was involved in the following activities:

Worked with the UH and LLEA Department specialists to catch up on the intermediate aspects of program assessment.

The changes in the Program Sheet and Plan Template for the Russian BA were updated in 2014 and are being implemented.

Three meetings with LLEA and UH Manoa Assessment coordinator took place. Russian Club seeks to provide more diverse and hands activities. 

New SLOs were posted to the Russian BA page at LLEA website and curriculum map updated. 

Russian BA brochure and the Program poster were created and are constantly updated.

Exchange between Russian Programs at UHM and Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service started functioning in Spring 2015 with three UH Manoa students studying in Russia for a semester to finish their BA and a Minor in Russian. In Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 we are hosting two Visiting assistant Professors from Vladivostok. Each of them teaches upper division Russian three classes and prepares activities for the Russian Club. We also do regular information sessions and individual consultations about our study abroad program.

We asses student language levels before they go on a study abroad program and assess proficiency levels for incoming heritage speakers and students with previous Russian studies experience.

Student Russia-related activities (Russian Club meetings) are used to assess the level of students' interest in the program. In Fall semester 2015 the number of attendees doubled.

We participated in such program promotional activities as UH Manoa International Night, Manoa Experience, Student Club Fairs every semester, etc. to assess the level of interest to Russian Studies among the UH Manoa student population and wider Honolulu community. We establish ties with the Russian community in Hawaii with our students going to their events. We plan an information meeting about what Russian program can offerto native and heritage Russian speakers in terms of back credits, requiremet wavers, etc. 

We tried to implement an intensive RUSS 101/102 course in Summer 2015 which did not attract enough students to be taught by a lecturer.