Unit: MBA
Program: Business Administration (MBA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Fri Oct 29, 2010 - 4:04:31 pm

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

1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the functional areas of business.


1. Students align functional action plans with organizational strategic intents and vision. [Assessed in BUS 632]

2.  Students will design complementary functional action plans, organizational structure, and functional control systems with measures [Assessed in BUS 632]

3.  Students will be able to conduct quantitative analysis of data. [Assessed in BUS 621]

2.  Communicate effectively orally and in writing


1. Students will speak effectively Assessed in [BUS 696]

2.  Students will write an effective report [Assessed in BUS 632]

3. Understand and apply management skills to the Asia-Pacific business environment


1.  Students will describe the economics that characterize global business [Assessed in BUS 627]

2.  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region [Assessed in BUS 627]

3.  Students will describe how national cultures influence business practices and relationships [Assessed in BUS 627]

4. Identify and analyze complex ethical and legal issues.


1. Students will be able to analyze ethical issues to a business situation [Assessed in BUS628]

2. Understand the boundaries and overlaps between ethics and law [Assessed in BUS628]

5. Demonstrate understanding of the impacts of information technology on business


1. Students will explain information technology usage across different business processes and functions [Assessed in BUS 630]

2.  Students will be able to evaluate the feasibility of applying information technology in business [Assessed in BUS 630]

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

Department Website URL:
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:
Other: http://www.shidler.hawaii.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=196

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.

No map submitted.

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.

Assessment results for all MBA goals and objectives were reviewed by the assessment committee. It was noted that VEMBA students, in particular did not meet goals related to the functional areas of business. Because all assessment for these objectives had been done by a single faculty member, the committee chose not to make any recommendations at this time, but to continue to monitor assessment results

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

All assessment was conducted by faculty members, based on class assignments and tests. The specifics varied by goal and by faculty member. 

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.

Each faculty member teaching a class in which it had previously been determined that a goal was to be assessed completed a spreadsheet. Faculty members randomly assessed at least 20% of the student in the class. Based on assignment selected by the faculty member, the faculty member rated each student as meeting or not meeting each of the traits/objectives/goals. Five faculty members were responsible for assessment in MBA courses. The five members of the faculty assessment committee reviewed the results. 

10) Summarize the actual results.

More than 90% of students assessed in all MBA programs met all goals, objective and traits,  with the exception of VEMBA (Vietnam MBA) students. Twenty to twenty-five percent of VEMBA students did not meet objectives having to do with knowledge of the functional areas of business, and with written communication. 

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

Results were satisfactory except for those from the VEMBA program. Assessment of learning outcomes in the VEMBA program will be monitored carefully, and if results are repeated the assessment committee will work with the curriculum committee to propose any changes which may be deemed helpful. 

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.

The assessment committee suggested that given the the large proportion of students meeting and exceeding the goal, there may be lack of clarity with regard to the rubrics, or with regard to assessment methodology. To address this question, the assessment committee held and open meeting with all assessing faculty. Based on discussion, the committee concluded that neither the rubrics or the methodology needed to be modified. Assessment results from all MBA programs will be thoroughly reviewed during the current academic year. 

13) Other important information: