Unit: American Studies
Program: American Studies: Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)
Degree: Certificate, Graduate
Date: Fri Oct 15, 2010 - 5:04:23 am

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

1.  Broad knowledge of the field of Museum Studies in the U.S. and internationally.

2.  Understanding of key disciplinary methods used in Museum Studies to analyze important issues in the field.

3.  Understanding of current issues in Museum Studies.

4.  Broad knowledge of the work and responsibilities of museums and related institutions.

5.  Specific knowledge of a specialized area in museum work through practical experience.

6.  Critical analysis and writing skills to analyze pertinent issues and competently write about them.

7. Advanced research skills necessary to develop Museum Studies projects or competently evaluate them.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/amst/MS_graduatecert.htm
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 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.

How can the certificate program obtain better information about the delivery of specialized or new content that would address changing issues, needs, and problems in the field of museum work?  Should this content be delivered through specialized workshops or lectures/presentations (outside of class hours), or should it replace current topics within the curriculum?  (Pertinent SLOs:  #1, #3, #5.)

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

The director began informally speaking to former graduates of the certificate program who were working in museums or related places.

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.

No formal evidence was solicited and submitted at this point.

10) Summarize the actual results.

Director of the certificate program will revise the "Exit Questionnaire"--mailed to graduates on receipt of their certificate--to solicit input on how the program should deliver new/alternative content.  Director will also develop a tool (e.g., electronic survey) to solicit input from former graduates who are currently working in museums or related places, or have previously worked in them.

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

Program will develop questionnaires to solicit input on new/alternative content.

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.

From informal meetings with former graduates now working in museums, the director of the certificate program obtained information on content areas that are not currently offered in the curriculum, but would support work for some museum specialists (e.g., how to file fiscal reports in different museum programs, how to develop and conduct visitor surveys of museum visitors).  Some of this "additional/optional" content would only be of interest to a few museum professionals, hence this information might be better offered through a weekend workshop or evening lecture/presentation, rather than adding new content to the curriculum and eliminating other important content to facilitate the addition.

13) Other important information:

The director of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program (MSGCP) met with the president of the Hawai‘i Museums Association (HMA) during the spring and summer of 2010 to discuss how it might better partner with HMA to offer workshops or lectures/presentations that would enhance the delivery of new information pertinent to changes in the field of museum work, but that cannot be realistically covered under the current MSGCP curriculum for various reasons (e.g., lack of time).  The topic under discussion was the emerging importance of "visitor studies" or "visitor satisfaction."  As a result of these conversations, HMA and MSGCP (in partnership with Bishop Museum) has contacted two specialists associated with the Western Museums Association to conduct a one-day workshop in January 2011.  The director of MSGCP plans to subsidize the workshop registration fees for students currently enrolled in the certificate program or for former graduates of the program.  Following the workshop, the MSGCP director and HMA president will discuss ways of providing this important information to students and museum professionals in the future on a continuing basis.