Unit: Information & Computer Science
Program: Library & Information Sciences (MLISC)
Degree: Master's
Date: Sat Oct 13, 2018 - 3:10:14 pm

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

1. Organize, create, archive, preserve, retrieve, manage, evaluate, and disseminate information resources in a variety of formats.

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience.)

2. Evaluate and use the latest information technologies, research findings and methods.

(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.)

3. Develop, administrate, assess, and advocate for information services by exercising principled communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

(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., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

4. Engage in projects and assignments dealing with multicultural communities and representing diverse points of view.

(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.)

5. Understand, apply and articulate the history, philosophy, principles and ethics of library and information science and the related professions.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/lis/about-us/student-learning-outcomes/
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:
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.)

Create/modify/discuss program learning assessment procedures (e.g., SLOs, curriculum map, mechanism to collect student work, rubric, survey)
Collect/evaluate student work/performance to determine SLO achievement
Collect/analyze student self-reports of SLO achievement via surveys, interviews, or focus groups
Use assessment results to make programmatic decisions (e.g., change course content or pedagogy, design new course, hiring)
No (skip to question 17)
Investigate other pressing issue related to student learning achievement for the program (explain in question 7)
Other:

8) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place.

Each semester: analysis of graduating student surveys, culminating experience results and course evaluations

Fall 2015: American Library Association accredition self-study and site visit.

Fall 2017: Implemented revised Program SLOs based on above.

Fall 2018: Implemented new curriculum, degree requirements, professional pathways and ePortfolio-based culminating experience option based on above.

 

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

Artistic exhibition/performance
Assignment/exam/paper completed as part of regular coursework and used for program-level assessment
Capstone work product (e.g., written project or non-thesis paper)
Exam created by an external organization (e.g., professional association for licensure)
Exit exam created by the program
IRB approval of research
Oral performance (oral defense, oral presentation, conference presentation)
Portfolio of student work
Publication or grant proposal
Qualifying exam or comprehensive exam for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation (graduate level only)
Supervisor or employer evaluation of student performance outside the classroom (internship, clinical, practicum)
Thesis or dissertation used for program-level assessment in addition to individual student evaluation
Alumni survey that contains self-reports of SLO achievement
Employer meetings/discussions/survey/interview of student SLO achievement
Interviews or focus groups that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Student reflective writing assignment (essay, journal entry, self-assessment) on their SLO achievement.
Student surveys that contain self-reports of SLO achievement
Assessment-related such as assessment plan, SLOs, curriculum map, etc.
Program or course materials (syllabi, assignments, requirements, etc.)
Other 1:
Other 2:

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

We have had approximately 80 graduates during this time period, all of whom returned the graduating student survey and had their culminating experience results assessed.

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

Course instructor(s)
Faculty committee
Ad hoc faculty group
Department chairperson
Persons or organization outside the university
Faculty advisor
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
Dean/Director
Other:

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

Used a rubric or scoring guide
Scored exams/tests/quizzes
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)
Other:

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

Spring 2016 and earlier (exceeds/meets/approaches/does not meet)
n=51 students
 
SLO1: 34/15/1/1
SLO2: 28/17/5/1
SLO3: 33/14/3/1
SLO4: 33/15/2/1
SLO5: 33/16/1/1
 
 
Fall 2017 and later (exceeds/meets/approaches/does not meet)
n=13 students
 
SLO1: 10/2/1/0
SLO2: 6/4/2/1
SLO3: 7/3/2/1
SLO4: 8/3/1/1
SLO5: 7/4/1/1
SLO6: 7/3/2/1

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

Assessment procedure changes (SLOs, curriculum map, rubrics, evidence collected, sampling, communications with faculty, etc.)
Course changes (course content, pedagogy, courses offered, new course, pre-requisites, requirements)
Personnel or resource allocation changes
Program policy changes (e.g., admissions requirements, student probation policies, common course evaluation form)
Students' out-of-course experience changes (advising, co-curricular experiences, program website, program handbook, brown-bag lunches, workshops)
Celebration of student success!
Results indicated no action needed because students met expectations
Use is pending (typical reasons: insufficient number of students in population, evidence not evaluated or interpreted yet, faculty discussions continue)
Other:

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

We used the results of this and previous assessments to monitor program outcomes
during the transition to our new curriculum (Fall 2018 implementation). To address the previous year’s lower outcomes in management and administration, two new courses have been added to the curriculum in addition to the traditional library
management course, to provide students a broader set of core-eligible courses related to management and administration: one focused on archival management, the other focused on entrepreneurship in non-library institutions.
 
Strong student interest in courses meeting our new SLO5 (Cultures: Analyze and
apply knowledge about information needs and perspectives of indigenous cultures
and/or diverse communities) informed the hiring of a new faculty member with
research and teaching interests in these areas, and the development of a new
culture-oriented professional degree pathway (a list of relevant recommended
courses) within the new curriculum.

 

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.

Under the overarching philosophy that the best assessment is one where the data is actually collected and the results actually used, we have streamlined our SLOs and corresponding survey instruments (graduating student, alumni, employer).  We present the compiled assessment results at the beginning of each academic year during a faculty retreat, mutually interpret the data, and decide how we need to act upon it in the coming year.  Sometimes the results indicate a need to investigate and revise the assessment itself--which we think is expected behavior--but more often we are able to use the data to prioritize our efforts.

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