Unit: East Asian Languages & Literatures
Program: East Asian Lang & Lit: Japanese (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Wed Sep 15, 2010 - 12:33:14 pm

1) Below are the program student learning outcomes submitted last year. Please add/delete/modify as needed.

Japanese Language and Linguistics

1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge about the field, especially in areas of their expertise and its connection of related areas of research

2. Evaluate the purposes, approaches, designs, and analyses of published research in areas of their expertise

3. Produce scholarly work at the level of quality adequate for publication

4. Establish membership in their field and develop their presence in that discipline

5. Design and teach graduate-level courses in the areas of their specialization

6. Handle a job interview and job talk

Japanese Literature

1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the history of Japanese literature and the relevant scholarship in the field of Japanese literary studies

2. Use and analyze sources written in classical and modern Japanese, and evaluate them from an informed theoretical perspective

3. Develop their field of scholarly expertise in the area of their concentration, and situate themselves within the critical field of Japanese literary studies

4. Develop analytical and critical skills, and apply them to close textual readings of primary and secondary sources

5. Use Japanese and Western theoretical literature, both premodern and modern

6. Integrate relevant research in designing and teaching courses in their area of specialization 

7. Produce an original contribution to the scholarly discourse in their area of specialization

2) As of last year, your program's SLOs were published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/jpn/grad.html
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:

3) Below is the link to your program's curriculum map (if submitted in 2009). If it has changed or if we do not have your program's curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2010:

4) The percentage of courses in 2009 that had course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is indicated below. Please update as needed.


5) State the assessment question(s) and/or goals of the assessment activity. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

Curriculum committees in each academic program regularly review data such as enrollment figures, results of diagnostic and comprehensive examinations, and student surveys to assess how effectively it meets its objectives (satisfaction with the program, learning outcomes in terms of publications and conference presentations, plans after graduation, suggestions for program improvement, etc

All SLOs were targeted.

6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered.

1. Dissertation/comprehensive exams.   All MA programs culminate in capstone projects (dissertation and comprehensive examination). In addition the graduate programs, especially those in PhD programs, encourage their students to present their work at national and international conferences.

2. Participation in the College of LLL student exit survey.  For AY 2009-10, a total of 5 Japanese Ph.D. recipients participated in the survey (a 71% return rate).

3. Monitoring postgraduate professional activities and achievements. The department's Graduate Student Services Specialist makes use of limited time and resources to monitor postgraduate professional activities and achievements.  This information is compiled and published each semester in a newsletter which is distributed to faculty, graduate students, and interested community members as well as to peer programs at other institutions, and posted on the department website.

Link to the EALL newsletters: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/nl/index.html

List of recent dissertations: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/jpn/diss.html

7) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected?

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)

8) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence?

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)

9) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated.
If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.

See #8

10) Summarize the actual results.

We will make specific assessment results  available to the AO upon request.

Also, the 2010 EALL exit survey summary report will be available from the department/college upon request.

11) How did your program use the results? --or-- Explain planned use of results.
Please be specific.

The following program modifications were made based on information gathered about our students' learning experiences and outcomes:

1. We have made the information about our graduate courses more available to our students (e.g., post them on the department website).

2.  We have changed the evaluation procedure for the scholarly paper (formerly "publishable" paper) requirement for PhD students in Japanese Linguistics.

12) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries? This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.

It is generally agreed that the exit surveys conducted by LLL are effective for program assessment; however, the ultimate success of the procedure depends upon a high rate of participation.  Strategies are being discussed to require all students to complete the exit survey.

13) Other important information: