Program: Philosophy (PhD)
Date: Thu Oct 14, 2010 - 4:46:43 pm
1) Below are the program student learning outcomes submitted last year. Please add/delete/modify as needed.
1. Philosophical reading competence in a philosophically significant language other than English.
2. Reading and research competence in English.
3. Knowledge and understanding of the Western philosophical tradition and where applicable a non-Western tradition.
4. Ability to participate in a field of contemporary philosophical endeavor.
5. Ability to conduct and write up publishable research.
6. Mastery of a specific topic.
7. Ability to express and defend their views in oral presentations.
2) As of last year, your program's SLOs were published as follows. Please update as needed.
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: N/A
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.
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.
PhD students sit two area exams--one on historical texts and one on contemporary issues.
Dissertations are reviewed by a committee and defended in an oral exam.
Each year the Department reviews the progress of each student in the graduate program. Each professor ranks the students they have taught; the results are compiled and used as a basis for discussion of student progress.
Apart from the above, we have not developed further assessment tools for our PhD program. Assessment efforts for it and our MA program will be commenced when we complete our undergraduate program.
6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered.
Examinations committees evaluate exam performance.
The Department evaluates student progress through the program.
In the end, the job market assesses candidates as they apply for teaching positions.
7) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected?
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
8) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence?
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.
We hope to develop a curriculum map for our graduate programs later this academic year.
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:
The philosophy department maintains a list of graduate alumni, tracking their placement into doctoral programs, teaching positions, etc. Some students stay in touch and some don't.