Unit: Geography and Environment
Program: Geography (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Wed Sep 21, 2011 - 11:59:48 am

1) Below are your program student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.

Human Geography Stream 

1a) students will be able to explain and critically evaluate the complex relationship between the environment, society, and culture
1b) students will be able to explain and critically evaluate how economic, political, and cultural processes at different scales are reshaping human experiences globally
1c) student will be able to apply appropriate analytic methods to describe spatial patterns and associations in the human environment
Environmental Geography Stream
2a) students will be able to explain the basic operation of environmental systems (biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere)
2b) students will be able to describe how human activities can influence the functioning of basic environmental systems
2c) students will be able to apply appropriate analytical methods and techniques to describe spatial patterns and change in the physical environment
Geographic Technologies Stream  
3a) students will be able to identify the specific characteristics of spatial data sources
3b) students will be able to apply appropriate techniques to display spatial patterns and change in the human and physical environment
3c) students will be able to produce maps in a professional manner

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.geography.hawaii.edu/undergradOverview.html
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(s) to your program's curriculum map(s). If we do not have your curriculum map, please upload it as a PDF.

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2011:

4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.


5) For the period June 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

Prepare and approve assessment plan and revise SLO

6) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #5.


7) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.


8) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)

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)
Other: N/A

9) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)

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)
Other: N/A

10) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #5:
Summarize the actual results.


11) State how the program used the results or plans to use the 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.
Please note: If the program did not engage in assessment, please explain. If the program created an assessment plan for next year, please give an overview.

Geography recently completed a substantial revision of degree requirements for the Geography undergraduate program in 2010, breaking it into three streams with different requirements and different SLOs. An Assessment Plan for the revised program was prepared during the 2010-2011 academic year  and was approved by faculty in September 2011. This plan will be uploaded to the department website and more formal and complete annual assessment reporting of the GEOG undergraduate program will be conducted in 2012 to allow for a full year of data collection.