Unit: Anthropology
Program: Anthropology (PhD)
Degree: Doctorate
Date: Thu Dec 15, 2011 - 1:57:52 pm

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

1. Gain in-depth knowledge of anthropological theory in major areas of literature pertinent to research interests
2. Acquire competence in advanced methods in a selected subfield of anthropological research
3. Gain an understanding of the ethical dimensions of community-based research
4. Acquire knowledge of research through the design and conduct of an original research project
5. Develop the skills to present and publish original research

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

Department Website URL:
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.

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.

The PhD program has never been formally assessed based on the SLOs. The PhD student produces a dissertation which is evaluated by a 5 member committee including outside faculty, and this dissertation represents competence in the SLOs listed in #5.  In our department great weight is given to the decision of the principal faculty advisor of the PhD dissertation. However, we follow the rules of the Graduate Division in decisions of acceptance and rejection of the dissertation.  I think we will have to discuss the SLOs that have been listed in #5 because they may be overly academic for many students who are more applied oriented. But how to actually measure (in your terms) the learning outcome for our PhD students escapes me.

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.

the results were that all PhD students who defended their dissertations were granted the PhD.

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

No plans

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.

This has been discussed in previous answers.