Unit: Women's Studies
Program: Women's Studies (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Mon Oct 12, 2009 - 12:56:09 pm

1) List your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs).

1. Application of critical thinking skills; 2. Application of key concepts in Women's Studies; 3. Improved writing skills; 4. Improved oral communication skills; 5. Awareness of interdisciplinarity of Women's Studies; 6. Understanding and applying analysis of gender, race, sexuality, and colonialism in the Asia-Pacific context; 7. Ability to connect the classroom with real world issues; 8. Awareness of issues of masculinity in addition to those of femininity.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

Department Website URL: www.womenstudies.hawaii.edu
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: the same as department website
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA

3) Upload your program's current curriculum map(s) as a PDF.

No map submitted.

4) What percentage of courses have the course SLOs explicitly stated on the course syllabus, department website, or other publicly available document? (Check one)


5) State the SLO(s) that was Assessed, Targeted, or Studied

1 - 8 are the items questioned and elaborated in the exit interviews of our majors conducted at the end of each semester. In addition, all the courses measure 2 through exams, written assignments, oral presentation, and program-wide teaching evaluations.

6) State the Assessment Question(s) and/or Goal(s) of Assessment Activity

Exams, written and oral assignments/presentations, teaching evaluations, exit interviews of the majors.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

See (6).

8) State How the Evidence was Interpreted, Evaluated, or Analyzed

Each instructor evaluates the students' progress in the activities cited above. In addition, undergraduate advisors and chair engage in regular discussions regarding the instructional methods and their outcomes reflected in students' achievement and mastery.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

10) Summarize the Actual Results

As reflected in the CSS External Review conducted in Spring 09, WS has accomplished much in terms of students progress and graduation since its start as a BA granting program two years ago. The results of the review are available at CSS and VCAA.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

Faculty meetings; meetings involving chair and undergraduate advisors.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

See (10).

13) Use of Results/Program Modifications: State How the Program Used the Results --or-- Explain Planned Use of Results

As the program has been through various forms of evaluations in the past two years and streamlined the course offerings, etc., WS undergraduate program is now running very well. The challenge at the moment is to deal with various ramifications of fiscal crisis which affect not only this program but UHM as a whole.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process


15) Other Important Information

At the CSS chairs retreat and in response to the presentation of the assessment office at the beginning of Fall 09, it was pointed out that a lack fo resources on the part of the institution would hamper full iand meaningful mplementation of assessment methods devised by the assessment office. This and other points raised by CSS chairs and directors point to the need of serious discussions concerning resource availability and instituitonal need to implement meaningful evaluative methods of curriculum and instructions.

16) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Explain how your program/department has adapted its assessment of student learning in the on-campus program to assess student learning in the distance education program.

17) FOR DISTANCE PROGRAMS ONLY: Summarize the actual student learning assessment results that compare the achievement of students in the on-campus program to students in the distance education program.