Unit: Communication and Info Sci (PhD, interdisciplinary)
Program: Communication & Info Sci (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Thu Oct 14, 2010 - 3:10:20 pm

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

The student is expected to spend two to three years, depending on the student’s background,

(A) obtaining comprehensive mastery of the methods and substance in the field of Communication and Information Sciences;

(B) developing the ability to productively synthesize diverse data, theories, and methods; and

(C) demonstrating the ability to conduct research prior to proposing a dissertation study. 

The student then focuses on

(D) proposing and conducting original research in his or her area, and

(E) writing and defending a dissertation on that research. 

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/cis/?page=policies
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.hawaii.edu/cis/documents/CIS_Policies_August_2010.pdf
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 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.

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

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.

10) Summarize the actual results.

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

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.

13) Other important information:

This interdisciplinary PhD program is a collaborative effort of four departments. The bulk of the courses are offered and assess by the supporting departments, not by the coordinating CIS office.

We (the CIS office) did conduct an assessment of alumni careers summer 2010 at the request of the graduate division, but this is probably out of your scope of interest.