Unit: Art & Art History
Program: Art (BA, BFA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Thu Oct 04, 2012 - 12:58:50 pm

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

Our department has five degree programs: the BA in studio art, the BA in art history, the BFA (a pre-professional studio art degree), the MFA (a terminal degree for studio artists) and the MA in art history.  Each of these programs has developed five SLOs organized around five themes which are shared across programs.  The result is a matrix of 25 program-level SLOs, which is downloadable in PDF format on our departmental website at http://www.hawaii.edu/art/students/resources/PDFs/2008assess_matrix-1.pdf.

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

Department Website URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/art/students/resources/PDFs/2008assess_matrix-1.pdf
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

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.

Our department’s protocol for assessment evaluates the work of graduating students in each of our five degree programs.  In each annual round of assessment, we evaluate the work of students in a single degree program, based on the five program SLOs (per degree program) listed in item 1 above.  This year’s assessment was intended to target the MA program. For details, please see our assessment report on the graduate programs.

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.

All graduating MA students were required to submit a portfolio consisting of their thesis, a CV, three to five student papers outside the thesis, and documentation of museum or gallery work (where relevant). 

In addition, collection of graduation portfolios from graduating BAs and BFAs continued, in preparation for assessing these programs at the appropriate time in the five-year cycle.

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

For details of MA portfolio collection, please see graduate assessment report.

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)

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.

For the results of MA assessment, please see our graduate assessment report.

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

Please see graduate assessment report.

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.

Please see graduate assessment report.

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.

The department faces an upcoming challenge: in the coming year we are scheduled to evaluate the graduation portfolios of BA students in studio art, our largest degree program. In preparation for this, we have spent the last year or so experimenting with methods of collecting graduation portfolios from graduating BA students in both tracks (studio art and art history). 

The most effective solution has been the institution (this academic year) of a one-credit course, ART 409, required for all BA students for graduation. Credit for this “course” is earned when the student submits the graduation portfolio, thus providing students with an incentive to complete and submit them. We anticipate that this will finally bring our portfolio submission rates up to 100%, enabling us to assess a truly representative sample of our graduates.