Unit: Asian Studies
Program: Asian Studies (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 13, 2011 - 2:04:04 pm

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

Student Learning Outcomes

A. We expect the student to:

      1. possess basic skills in at least 1 Asian language by demonstrating “intermediate” level proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking

      2. demonstrate a basic understanding of the economics, politics, literatures, religions, arts, and histories of those regions of Asia that are the student’s foci. This includes the following:

      a) the major socio-economic, conceptual, and historical themes in Asian studies and articulate what “Asian Studies” as an academic field means

                b) the ways in which exogenous forces (art, literature, ideas) have interacted with indigenous Asian contexts in shaping the character and course of societies in Asia today

       3. possess a basic understanding of at least two Asian countries

       4. be open to and articulate “the view from Asia” by understanding critical differences between Asia and “the West” as well as amongst Asian societies

       5. have basic research and analytical skills commensurate with class level and to be able to present and communicate in a classroom setting those skills

          7. possess a spirit of healthy skepticism and desire for inquiry particularly with regard to conventions about Asia

          8. experience a genuine liberal arts education           

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/asianstudies/slos.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/asianstudies/undergrad.html, http://manoa.hawaii.edu/asianstudies/ugrad_require.html
UHM Catalog. Page Number: Page 309-313
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.

We continue to conduct exit interviews with both our BA and MA candidates to help us reassess our curriculum requirements, course relevance and as a why to examine shortfalls in curriculum that may delay students in completing their academic goals.

During the current assessment period, the program made a concerted effort to enforce enrollment in ASAN 201/202 as a pre-requisite for Asian Studies majors before going on to the upper division course offerings.  Mandatory advising for new students as well as students transferring into the major aided in the monitoring of course requirements.

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.

Asian Studies is a an interdisciplinary program which enables our students to select courses from various disciplines to complete their major requirements.  Student feedback helps formulate future course offerings and eliminate courses that are not effective in meeting student expectations or departmental goals.  Mandator advising that extends beyond incoming freshmen helps to gauge student interests in terms of area study and discipline.  Allows the department to be flexible in course offerings.

Professors offering the 300/400 level Asian Studies courses noted that enforcing the ASAN201/202 pre-requisite for upper division Asian Studies courses for our majors provided a firm base of knowledge allowing professors to move forward without having to back track.  Student feedback in entry level courses i.e. ASAN 201/202 and the required ASAN 310 or 312 aided the program in reassessing the cohesiveness of our required course progression.

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

Questionaires are administered to students finishing both the BA and MA programs at the tine of the graduation check  Each semester, there are between 12-16 undergraduates completing their BA and between 8-10 graduates completing the MA program.

New undergraduate majors participate in our mandatory advising.  This Fall, ASian Studies had 35 incoming freshman and transfer students.  Twenty seven(27) participated in mandatory advising before registration and the balance  during the first few weeks of the semester.

Students anticipating graduation the following semester, are required to come in for a graduation check.  These students were polled regarding course availability, course requirements and graduation requirements for the major.

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.

Many students completing the BA program exceed the 4 semester requirement for an Asian language.  A mjority of the students have done either an International Exchange or Study Abroad in the country of their area focus.

Several students graduate with a concurrent degree or an additional minor.  Students feel their time is well spent in the program and appreciate the ability to diversify into other disciplines in order to coplete their major requirements.

Asian Studies has a disproportionate number of Phi Beta Kappa candidates.  Last year, 6 out of the 8  candidates nominated from our campus were Asian Studies majors.  Our general student body runs between 100-120 students per semester.

Finally, student exit interviews revealed that the majority of majors did not find the 60 upper division credit requirement burdensome.  Several stated that the requirement pushed them to work at a higher level.

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

Data is used to create new courses or eliminate others.

The data is used to enhance the flexibility of course offerings such as the topics driven courses.

Needed courses are provided by visiting faculty supported by endowed Chairs or external funding such as the U.S. Dept. of Education and other grants when possible.

The eit interviews and advising sessions with students enable us to identify short falls in course offerings.  It helped to identify the lack of Korean and South Asian courses.  We have been able to work with various departments to increase course offerings with a Korea focus and continue to work towards strengthening our South Asia focus.

Student comments have also resulted in our re-examining our course progression and cohesiveness. Finally, student comments have encouraged professors to offer more focus courses i.e. HAPS, E, O and WI  within the Asian Studies course offerings.

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.

We will continue to assess the relevance of our course offerings and re-examine course progression as well as cohesiveness.