Unit: Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Program: Natural Resources & Environmental Mgt (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Sun Oct 10, 2010 - 1:02:43 pm

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

1. acquire skills to solve Natural Resource and Environmental Management problems

2. acquire quantitative reasoning and critical thinking

3. communicate effectively both orally and in writing

4. acquire practical experience to be job ready

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

Department Website URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/nrem
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/nrem/academics/downloads/Grad_Stud_Guide_Augut_15_09_Version.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/nrem/academics/master.html
UHM Catalog. Page Number: 349-350
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 2009:

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.

First, please see response to question #13.

Between June, 2009 and September, 2010, the NREM Graduate Committee did not perform any formal assessment activity.

However, in fall, 2009, NREM introduced a new Plan B M.S. degree program. This new program is a course-driven professional degree that includes a capstone experience and courses taken in different concentration areas. The new Plan B M.S. program is designed to give students practical training in private, non-profit, or government employment.

This new program addresses, in particular, SLOs #1 and #4.

In September, 2010, NREM requested a name change for its new Plan B. M.S. degree program to Masters of Environmental Management (MEM). The MEM degree would replace the current Plan B program. The NREM M.S. degree would then be comprised of the following options: Plan A (thesis), MEM, and Plan C (for students with exceptional prior work experience in natural resources and environmental management).

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

First, please see response to question #13.

Limited evidence on this new M.S. degree program is available. The number of new students enrolled in this new program is listed in parentheses: Fall 2009 (10 new students), Spring 2011 (3 new students), and Fall 2010 (7 new students). Currently, NREM has 20 new Plan B M.S. degree students enrolled.

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.

Please see response to question #13. NREM is currently not at this stage in the assessment process.

10) Summarize the actual results.

Please see response to question #13. Further analysis is forthcoming once the department adopts protocol for assessment analysis.

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

The department's graduate committee or another faculty committee will likely make recommendations based on assessment results. These recommendations will be reviewed by the NREM faculty and NREM Graduate Student Organization (GSO). After being discussed and voted upon by NREM faculty, implementation of agreed upon recommendations should begin according to plan.

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.

Not available at this time.

13) Other important information:

With the addition of new faculty, a new M.S. Plan B program, and continued modifications to the other graduate programs, it is essential that NREM update its assessment objectives (SLOs) and activities.

NREM proposes the following assessment activities for the academic year 2010 - 2011:

     October 29, 2010               UHM Assessment Office will provide a workshop for NREM faculty and staff                                                       (graduate student representatives are also invited to attend). At this time,

                                            the department will reconsider the SLOs used in 2009.

     November 2010 -               NREM will refine SLOs for undergraduate and graduate programs

     February 2011

     February - April 2011          Determine assessment methodology and/or activities for each SLO.

     June 2011 - September      First year of implementation of revised SLOs.


New activities/proposals:

     (i) form departmental assessment committee to continue undergraduate and graduate programs        


    (ii) develop and utilize exit surveys of graduate students to assist the assessment process and adopt a

         mechanism for maintaining contact with NREM graduates

   (iii) promote hiring of an APT position to assist with undergraduate/graduate advising and program

         assessment (Justification: Expanding undergraduate and graduate program enrollments)