Unit: Asian Studies
Program: Asian Studies (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Tue Oct 27, 2009 - 9:11:36 am

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

a. Students are expected to possess an advanced understanding of at least 1 Asian language. This means to be able to demonstrate college-level fluency in reading, writing, speaking at the 5th year level of Japanese, 4th year level Chinese and Korean, and 3rd year level Southeast and South Asian languages.
b. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced understanding of issues and problems in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as related to Asia.
c. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to understand research methodologies of various disciplines.
d. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to integrate all of the above into a final major research project (either Plan A or B).

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

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

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2009:

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

a. high quality written projects in lectures courses and seminars.                  
b. independent and/or culminating projects (theses, dissertations, performances, capstone courses, etc…
c. successful oral defense of both thesis and non-thesis written by MA students before a panel of 3 professors as a culminating experience for the degree.
d. papers presented or performances given at graduate student conferences or national professional conferences.
e. publication of student research in student journals such as the Center for Southeast Asia’s Explorations or other professional journals.

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

Evidence interpreted by:

a. Asian Studies fellowship Committees, Chair of Program, Graduate Chair, Student Services Officer, SPAS Dean.
b. other departments at UH and/or other universities to which the student has applied for further study.

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

a. The data are used to create new courses or eliminate others.
b. They are also used to enhance the flexibility of course offerings, such as “topics” courses.
c. Courses that are believed to be needed are also provided by visiting faculty supported by endowed Chairs or external funding such as the Freeman Foundation and the United States Department of Education.
d. The data are also used to make more efficient the administration of the area Certificate programs.
e. They are also used for enhancing the advising of graduate students by crafting a better program that includes the use of courses and seminars found in other departments and programs within the University. If for example, we feel a student needs archaeological methods to complete his or her MA in Asian Studies, the student is advised to enroll in such courses.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

15) Other Important Information

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.