Unit: Social Work
Program: Social Welfare (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Thu Oct 13, 2011 - 12:36:31 pm

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

Each student completing the doctoral program will be expected to possess a comprehensive body of knowledge about the field of social welfare, related behavioral and social sciences, and the social work profession in relation to a social problem area. Each student will obtain the ability to conduct independent research on a critical social problem.

Specifically, each doctoral graduate is expected to achieve the following educational objectives:

  1. Apply relevant social work and social science knowledge to the resolution of critical social problems.
  2. Critically evaluate the cultural dimensions of social problems and promote strategies for social problem resolution.
  3. Delineate and analyze social policy and social work practice issues related to substantive areas in social welfare and conceptualize the social or behavioral processes characterizing them.
  4. Analyze and apply social science theories, findings, and research methodologies to social welfare knowledge-building concerns.
  5. Formulate professionally relevant and theoretically productive research questions and hypotheses, and investigate them through empirical research, with particular concern and sensitivity to culturally appropriate research methodologies and needs in Hawai‘i and the Pacific region.
  6. Integrate and synthesize research findings into the body of professional knowledge.
  7. Disseminate knowledge through publications and/or teaching.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/forms/phd/2010-2011PHDmanualFinal.pdf
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://www.hawaii.edu/sswork/bulletin.html
UHM Catalog. Page Number: pp. 319-322
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.

No map submitted.

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.

An assessment plan for the Ph.D. program is in the process of being developed. The plan will look not only at effectiveness in meeting stated goals, but also will examine process issues to determine what is working well and what is of concern.

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)

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.

We are in the process of creating an assessment plan, developing the assessment goal(s) and assessment question(s) and determining how to gather evidence from Ph.D. students, so there are no results to report at this time.

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.

Changes in faculty, including the Assessment Committee chair, impelled the PhD Program Committee and the Assessment Committee to develop an assessment plan, rather than to collect new evidence.  Our assessment plan for the next year, AY 2011-2012, includes the creation of a curriculum map which integrates instruction and desired students learning outcomes.