Unit: Asian Studies
Program: Asian Studies (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Mon Oct 25, 2010 - 10:48:52 am

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

Student Learning Outcomes

A. We expect the student to:

      1. possess basic skills in at least 1 Asian language by demonstrating “intermediate” level proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking

      2. demonstrate a basic understanding of the economics, politics, literatures, religions, arts, and histories of those regions of Asia that are the student’s foci. This includes the following:

      a) the major socio-economic, conceptual, and historical themes in Asian studies and articulate what “Asian Studies” as an academic field means

                b) the ways in which exogenous forces (art, literature, ideas) have interacted with indigenous Asian contexts in shaping the character and course of societies in Asia today

       3. possess a basic understanding of at least two Asian countries

       4. be open to and articulate “the view from Asia” by understanding critical differences between Asia and “the West” as well as amongst Asian societies

       5. have basic research and analytical skills commensurate with class level and to be able to present and communicate in a classroom setting those skills

          7. possess a spirit of healthy skepticism and desire for inquiry particularly with regard to conventions about Asia

          8. experience a genuine liberal arts education           

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.

Sent copies of exit questionaires administered to all graduating BA students.

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

Assessment data are processed by both the ASP curriculum committee an administration.  Student feedback helps formulate future course offerings and eliminate courses that are not effective in meeting student expectations and departmental goals.  Information is used to enhance the flexibility of course offerings 

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.

Questionnaires are administered to students finishing both BA and MA programs at the time of the graduation check.  Each semester we have between 12-16 undergraduates completing their BA and about the same completing their MA program.  These students help us to evaluate the program as a whole particularly since we are an interdisciplinary program and utilize course offerings from several diverse disciplines.

10) Summarize the actual results.

Many of the students completing the BA program exceed the 4 semester requirement for an Asian language.  A majority of the students have done either an International Exchange or Study Abroad in the country of their area focus.

Several students graduate with a concurrent degree or an additional minor.  Students feel their time is well spent in the program and appreciate the ability to diversify into other disciplines in order to complete their major requirements.

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

Exit interviews as well as individual student advising sessions enable us to identify  short falls in course offerings.  An example would be identifying the lack of South Asian and Korea focus courses for students focusing their studies in this area.  We are able to work with other departments in developing courses to address student needs.

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: