Unit: Women's Studies
Program: Women's Studies (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Fri Oct 07, 2011 - 3:14:35 pm

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

1. Application of critical thinking skills through oral and written assignments designed to engage students to think analytically and help them learn to build increasingly sophisticated arguments.

2. Application of key concepts in Women's Studies, including such notions as the social construction of gender, sexuality/gender connections, intersections among gender, race, class, colonialism, and other vectors of power, identity, and social stratification. The emphasis is placed on both abstract and "real world" applications of these concepts.

3. Improved writing skills through offering of "W" designated courses as well as such activities as essays, research paper, and other extended writing assignments in all courses.

4. Improved oral communication skills through offering of "O" designated courses as well as such activities as presentations, group research projects, class discussions, and other forms of class participations.

5. Development of interdisciplinary perspectives by drawing on and integrating modes of inquiry in more than one field of studies.

6. Understanding and application of gender/ethnicity/colonialism analysis in a Pacific-Asia context.

7. Ability to connect the classroom with "real world" feminist issues through active engagement in citizenship and civil participation. The program facilitates this through such activities as colloquia, art shows, speakers and other events.

8. Development of analysis and critical understandings of men and masculinity, in addition to those of women and femininity, as they are informed by multiple vectors of power including race, sexuality, class, and nation.

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

Department Website URL: www.womenstudies.hawaii.edu
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: the same as department website
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA

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.

All the 8 SLOs are assessed in the exit interviews and questionnaire.

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.

  • All courses measure SLOs through exams, written assignments, oral presentations, among others.
  • The program also has standardized questions for all courses in e-CAFÉ.
  •  In addition, we conduct exit interviews with graduating majors and they focus on 1 - 8 of SLOS.
  • List of assessment activities: exams, written and oral assignments and presentations, teaching evaluations, exit interviews and questionnaires of the majors.

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

Students interviewed for the exit interviews as well as questionnaires

3 students in 2008 (Fall)

3 in 2008 (spring)

4 in 2009 (spring)

2 in 2010 (fall)

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)

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)

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

As reflected in the CSS External Review conducted in Spring 09, WS has accomplished much in terms of students progress and graduation since its start as a BA granting program. The number of majors is increasing and the students express a high level of satisfaction with curriculum. The results of the review, which considered this WS program as one of the nation's top 30 programs, are available at CSS and VCAA.

11) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.

Faculty meetings; meetings involving chair and undergraduate advisors.

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.

See (10).

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.

The average GPA of WS undergraduate students remain one of the highest within CSS. Exit interviews also show the high level of satisfaction felt among our majors.