Unit: Urban & Regional Planning
Program: Urban & Regional Plan (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Mon Nov 16, 2020 - 3:08:34 pm

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

1. Evaluate, synthesize and conduct independent research relevant to building knowledge in the field of urban and regional planning;

(1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in one or more general subject areas related to, but not confined to, a specific area of interest., 4. Critically analyze, synthesize, and utilize information and data related to one’s field of study.)

2. Demonstrate mastery of rigorous research design and an application of research method within the field of planning; and

(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., 6. Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for other cultural perspectives.)

3. Present, discuss, and defend research findings through effective oral and written communication.

(5. Proficiently communicate and disseminate information in a manner relevant to the field and intended audience., 7. Interact professionally with others.)

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

Department Website URL: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/durp/admissions/masters-in-urban-and-regional-planning/#1581108983776-fc212498-288d
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/durp/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PhD-Guidelines.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/catalog/schools-colleges/arts-sciences/socs/urp/
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:

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

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2020:

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) 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):

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 November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020?

No (skip to question 17)

7) What best describes the program-level learning assessment activities that took place for the period November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2020? (Check all that apply.)


8) Briefly explain the assessment activities that took place since November 2018.


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


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


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


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


13) Summarize the results from the evaluation, analysis, interpretation of evidence (checked in question 12). For example, report the percentage of students who achieved each SLO.


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


15) Please briefly describe how the program used its findings/results.


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.


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

We focused on developing materials and strengthening the program based on our previous assessment results. 

  1. Developed guidelines for the three article dissertation
  2. Updated the PhD guidelines 
  3. Provided teaching opportunities for PhD candidates during the summer session. Courses were taught online. 
  4. Hosted the PhD Forum, which is now organized by the students instead of faculty. Its scope has also been broadened to include topical sessions on job applications, conference presentations, grant writing and other topics that are of interest to the students.