Unit: Political Science
Program: Political Science (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Fri Nov 16, 2018 - 8:33:54 am

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

1. The ability to produce quality scholarship -- At the graduate level we anticipate that students will use their knowledge of the fundamentals of the discipline as well as the critical evolution of the discipline over time to help contribute to that field through their own research.

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

2. Mastery of one or more of the sub-fields offered in the major. -- Our program offers subfields that form the specialization a graduate student will develop while enrolled in the program. We expect students graduating from the program to have mastered one or more of these subfields. Specifically, they should have an understanding of the traditional and critical literature of the subfield and be able to demonstrate a mastery of these fields.

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

3. Ability to think politically. -- Much like our expectations of the undergraduate majors, we require students to think politically about social phenomenon. Comprehending that all social, economic, and cultural processes are also political is a crucial learning outcome. That comprehension creates knowledgeable citizenry capable of acting on policy decisions and conduct. That no knowledge is innocent, but that all knowledge has consequences is key to this learning outcome.

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 2. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology and techniques specific to one’s field of study., 3. Apply research methodology and/or scholarly inquiry techniques specific to one’s field of study., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

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

Department Website URL: http://www.politicalscience.hawaii.edu/graduate/index.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.politicalscience.hawaii.edu/graduate/pdf/gradguide_2018.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
Other:
Other:

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

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2018:

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) Does the program have learning achievement results for its program SLOs? (Example of achievement results: "80% of students met expectations on SLO 1.")(check one):

No
Yes, on some(1-50%) of the program SLOs
Yes, on most(51-99%) of the program SLOs
Yes, on all(100%) of the program SLOs

6) Did your program engage in any program learning assessment activities between June 1, 2015 and October 31, 2018?

Yes
No (skip to question 17)

7) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period June 1, 2015 to October 31, 2018? (Check all that apply.)

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8) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place.

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9) What types of evidence did the program use as part of the assessment activities checked in question 7? (Check all that apply.)

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

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

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

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13) Summarize the results of the assessment activities checked in question 7. For example, report the percentage of students who achieved each SLO.

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

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

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16) 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.

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17) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please justify.

In addition to the changes instituted since our last assessment period, the Political Science Ph.D. program instituted the following changes:

1) Strengthening advising system: we assigned an interim advisor for each incoming Ph.D student so that new students can get mentoring/advising from current faculty members and help with the process of assembling dissertation committee.

2) assessment of Ph.D. oral defense: We are currently in the process of developing a system of assessing students' performances in the final oral defense. Graduate chair attends every single dissertation defense and closely monitors the quality of oral presentations.

3) institution of dissertation completion awards: the department has recognized the difficulties many students face in finishing their dissertations during the final writing stage. To encourage timely completion the department has instituted three dissertation completion awards every year for students in their final stage of writing their dissertations.

4) professional development workshops: over the last three years the department's professional development committee has responded to student requests for hands-on workshops on grants applications, conference presentations, managing the job market, and creation of course syllabi.

5) Survey of MA and PhD students asking about the kinds of graduate classes they are interested in taking

6) admission into the in-state tuition program of the Western Regional Graduate Programs (WRGP)