Unit: Communication and Info Sci (PhD, interdisciplinary)
Program: Communication & Info Sci (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Tue Nov 17, 2015 - 1:05:50 pm

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

(SLO1) Demonstrate understanding of research methods and subject knowledge in the field of Communication and Information Sciences

(SLO2) Synthesize diverse data, theories, and methods

(SLO3) Demonstrate the ability to conduct research 

(SLO4) Propose and conduct original research

(SLO5) Develop and articulate a professional identity as a contributing member of a research community

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://www.hawaii.edu/cis/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.hawaii.edu/cis/?page=policies
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

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.


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.

The first seminar session of each semester is dedicated to a CIS Town Hall meeting, and this has proven to be an ideal place to get broad input on all program-related matters.

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

During his term from S2013-F2014, the CIS Director (Dr. Rich Gazan) led the program steering committee through extensive review and assessment of the program.  The steering committee (including the current Director, Dr. Elizabeth Davidson) participated in the design of assessment actions, their implementation, and review/critique of their effectiveness.  The Steering Committee (composed of the Department/School chairs of the four participating units) are satisfied with the current assessment structure.  In S2015 the committee reviewed the status of assessment and concluded that the program should proceed with the current process as results are accumulated and examined, over the next year.  This also supports the shift in program directors from Dr. Gazan to Dr. Davidson, as the program learns through its experiences with assessment where further work may be needed.

Both the former and current Directors are concerned that the .5FTE administrative support position, which became vacent in February 2014, has not been filled due to budget constraints.  The lack of any administrative support for the conduct of the program will limit the degree to which assessment can be carried out effectively in future.