Unit: Electrical Engineering
Program: Electrical Engineering (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Sun Oct 16, 2011 - 2:19:08 pm

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

The Department of Electrical Engineering adheres to the student learning outcomes of the Graduate Division:

"In general, a student who has successfully complete the graduate degree requirements should be able to

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the methodology and techniques specific to the field of study.
  2. Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency in the field of study.
  3. Conduct research or produce some other form of creative work.
  4. Function as a professional in the discipline."

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

Department Website URL: http://www-ee.eng.hawaii.edu/content.php?pag=5

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.

The EE Department adopted the assessment questionnaire in September 2011 at the first Department Faculty meeting in Fall 2011.  From September 2011 onward, the assessment will be carried out at every critical point in a graduate student’s career (qualifying exam, comprehensive exam, defense, thesis submission). So far, only one student went though the assessment at a PhD qualifying exam stage. We expect more data to become available towards the end of the semester.

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.

See answer to previous question.

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

Only one student was evaluated in this time period. Since this is a statistically insignificant number, we did not base our report on this one sample.

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: It will be interpreted by the Graduate Committee when enough data becomes available.

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.

See answer to question #5.

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

The EE Department has still not gone through a single cycle of data analysis, so we cannot answer this question. The analysis will become available in June 2012.

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.

The EE graduate program adopted an assessment plan in September 2011. Until now, only one student (a PhD student who took the qualifying exam in September 2011) was assessed using the adopted rubric assessment sheet. We will likely have more assessment reports by June 2012, and will be able to analyze the data for the next review cycle, next year.