Unit: East Asian Languages & Literatures
Program: East Asian Lang & Lit: Japanese (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Fri Oct 14, 2011 - 4:32:29 pm

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

M.A. in Japanese Language and Linguistics

1. Knowledge Base of Language and Linguistics
(a) Demonstrate familiarity with general topics and concepts fundamental to the field of Japanese linguistics, including, historical linguistics, phonology, pedagogy, and syntax, and sociolinguistics.
(b) Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of key issues and theoretical approaches in the area of their specialization

 2. Utilization of Research
(a) Review critically the purposes, approaches, designs, and analyses of published research in the field
(b) Conduct research (i.e., systematic and principled investigation) of the field and present the work orally and as a research paper.

3. Professionalism
(a) Write a research abstract and submit it the (major) conferences in the filed
(b) Communicate effectively and productively with a group of peers/colleagues regarding research, teaching or other professional matters.
(c) Design and teach Japanese language skill courses 

M.A. in Japanese Literature

Recipients of the M.A. in Japanese literature should be able to:

1. Read primary Japanese literary texts of all major periods with appropriate academic tools. 

2. Read annotations in standard literary editions, use standard reference works, and read secondary sources in Japanese with authority. 

3. Narrate a basic literary history of Japan. 

4. Summarize and evaluate the critical reception of Japanese literature, past and present.

5. Situate and evaluate Japanese literature in its social, historical, intellectual, and religious contexts.

6. Utilize literary theory, both western and traditional East Asian.

7. Conduct original research in his/her area of specialization.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/jpn/grad.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: http://www.hawaii.edu/eall/jpn/courses.html

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.

Curriculum committees in each academic program regularly review data such as enrollment figures, results of diagnostic and comprehensive examinations, and student surveys to assess how effectively it meets its objectives (satisfaction with the program, learning outcomes in terms of publications and conference presentations, plans after graduation, suggestions for program improvement, etc).

All SLOs were targeted.

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.

1. Thesis/comprehensive exams. All MA programs culminate in capstone projects (thesis or comprehensive examination). In addition the graduate programs encourage their students to present their work at national and international conferences.

2. Participation in the College of LLL student exit survey. 

For AY 2010-11, 6 out of 8 Lg & Ling MA recipients participated in the survey (a 75% return rate).

For AY 20010-11, 0 of 1 Japanese Literature M.A. recipients participated in the survey.

3. Monitoring postgraduate professional activities and achievements. The department's Graduate Student Services Specialist makes use of limited time and resources to monitor postgraduate professional activities and achievements.  This information is compiled and published each semester in a newsletter which is distributed to faculty, graduate students, and interested community members as well as to peer programs at other institutions, and posted on the department website.

Link to the EALL newslettershttp://www.hawaii.edu/eall/nl/index.html

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

See #8.

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: Also, the graduate faculty in each program rank orders graduate students semi-annually for achievement award eligibility based on their overall level of academic achievement.  Applicants for graduate assistantships are evaluated in a similar way.

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: Within each individual course, the course instructor interprets evidence of student learning. Within each program, the student's advisor and committee monitor student progress through the program and achievement of its objectives. Also, the graduate faculty in each program rank orders graduate students annually for tuition waiver eligibility based on their overall level of academic achievement. Applicants for graduate assistantships are evaluated in a similar way.

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

We will make specific assessment results available to the AO upon request.

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

Both the Japanese Linguistics and Japanese Literature sections meet regularly to discuss and rank student performance.

     Currently, each student is required to meet with his/her adviser once every semester, but we have decided to increase the number of meetings to at least two to guide his/her academic progress more closely.

     We discussed the need of a periodical update of the program website. We are planning an information session with current students to find out what kind of information students would like to see in our website.

The Japanese Literature section is making changes to the M.A. degree requirements related to bibliography and research methodology, based on faculty experiences with recent student outcomes (comprehensive exams, research papers).

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.

It is generally agreed that the exit surveys conducted by LLL are effective for program assessment; however, the ultimate success of the procedure depends upon a high rate of participation.  There is strong support for making the exit survey mandatory, if LLL will agree to do so.

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.