Unit: Asian Studies
Program: Asian Studies (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Mon Oct 25, 2010 - 10:32:34 am

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

A. We expect the student to:

1.            possess an advance understanding of at least one (1) Asian language.  This means college-level fluency in reading, writing, speaking at the 5th year level of Japanese, 4th year level Chinese and Korean, and 3rd year level Southeast and South Asian languages.

2.            demonstrate advance understanding of issues and problems in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as related to Asia.

3.            demonstrate the ability to understand research methodologies of various disciplines

4.            demonstrate ability in integrating all of the above into a final major research project (either Plan A or B).

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/shaps/asia/slos.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: NA
UHM Catalog. Page Number: Page 313
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.

forwarded exit questionaire earlier submission

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

1.              Written projects in lectures & seminars

2.              Independent and/or culminating projects(theses, dissertations, performances, capstone courses, etc.

3.              Successful oral defense of both thesis and non-thesis written by MA students before a panel of three(3) professors as a culminating experience for the degree

4.              Papers presented or performances given at graduate student conferences or national professional conferences.

5.              Publication of student research in student journals such as the Center for Southeast Asia’s Explorations or other professional journals.

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.

All MA students must go through the review processes indicated above as well as a final exit interview done both in person and in writing.

10) Summarize the actual results.

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

1.              Data is used to create new courses or eliminate others

2.              Data used to enhance the flexibility of course offerings, such as “topics” courses.

3.              Needed courses are provided by visiting faculty supported by endowed Chairs or external funding such as the US Dept. of Education and other special grants when possible.

4.              Data is used to make more efficient the administration of area  Certificate programs.

5.              Enhances advising of graduate students by crafting a better program that includes the use of courses and seminars found in other departments and programs within the University.  

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 program maintains a list on graduates which is available online and alumni are invited to give presentations to current graduate and undergraduate students.

Individual faculty members also maintain contact with students and track their progress particularly in academic disciplines as well as in government service. 

Whenever possible, faculty include ex-graduate students on panels in professional conferences.