Unit: Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Program: German (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Fri Oct 12, 2012 - 4:48:04 pm

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

1. Read and comprehend texts written in German from a variety of genres and contexts (e.g., magazine or internet articles, newspapers, literature).

2. Analyze and critique texts written in German from a variety of genres and contexts.

3. Engage in oral communication in German in various communicative contexts (e.g., everyday conversations, ordering in a restaurant, participating in class discussions, making a short presentation).

4. Engage in writing in German in various contexts and for various audiences (e.g., personal letters, emails, essays, etc.).

5. Conduct research on German language and/or culture using knowledge and skills learned in the program.

6. Demonstrate a familiarity with the current events, traditional and pop culture, and social structures of the society/societies in which German is spoken.

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

Department Website URL: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/llea/?page_id=35
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: NA
Other: http://www.lll.hawaii.edu/eval/resources6_curricmaps.php

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2012:

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) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)

No (skip to question 14)

6) For the period June 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.

All program SLOs were assessed in the BA Alumni Survey, Spring 2012.  Oral proficiency was also assessed via ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interviews.

7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.

A survey was administered to graduating BA students, and results were collected/reported to the German division by the LLL Dean’s office.

In addition, an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview was offered to our majors who graduated last Spring. 

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

Fewer than four individuals participated in the survey. 

9) 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: Associate Dean Kimi Kondo and her team

10) 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)

11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.

Since the German program has not seen the 2012 results yet (they will be released when there are 5 or more students who have completed the survey), we cannot analyze these results. However, we are still working to improve based on the survey results we received last year (see last year's report for details).

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

Again, these modifications are being made in response to last year's BA survey:

We have created an informational/promotional flyer, as well as a letter from our faculty members, to send to private (non-university) organizations and clubs in an effort to attract outside funding to improve and strengthen our program. So far, it has been mailed to over 30 different individuals, clubs, institutions, etc., in Hawaii, the US and in a number of European countries.

We recently hired a new assistant professor of German with a specialization in Modern German Film, Literature and Culture.

In addition to teaching new courses, our new professor is already helping to improve the variety and number of extra-curricular activities we offer: Stammtisch, Kaffeeklatsch, film screenings, etc.

13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.


14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.