Unit: Philosophy
Program: Philosophy (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Mon Oct 19, 2009 - 6:50:12 pm

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

1. Philosophical reading competence in a philosophically significant language other than English.

2. Reading and research competence in English.

3. Knowledge and understanding of the Western philosophical tradition and where applicable a non-Western tradition.

4. Ability to participate in a field of contemporary philosophical endeavor.

5. Ability to conduct and write up publishable research.

6. Mastery of a specific topic.

7. Ability to express and defend their views in oral presentations.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: N/A
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: N/A
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

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

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

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

PhD students sit two area exams--one on historical texts and one on contemporary issues.

Dissertations are reviewed by a committee and defended in an oral exam.

Each year the Department reviews the progress of each student in the graduate program.  Each professor ranks the students they have taught; the results are compiled and used as a basis for discussion of student progress.

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

Examinations committees evaluate exam performance.

The Department evaluates student progress through the program.

In the end, the job market assesses candidates as they apply for teaching positions.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

10) Summarize the Actual Results

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

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

Exam performance repeatedly prompts questions about courses and their relation to the exams.  We have in recent years changed our teaching to include courses specifically targeted at the contemporary issues exams (given in 3 fields).

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

15) Other Important Information

The philosophy department maintains a list of graduate alumni, tracking their placement into doctoral programs, teaching positions, etc.  Some students stay in touch and some don't.

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.