Unit: Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Program: Spanish (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Tue Oct 16, 2012 - 11:43:34 pm

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

SLO 1. Demonstrate advanced language skills in Spanish

SLO 2. Apply analytical and critical skills in the interpretation of different texts (literary and other forms of visual expression)

SLO 2a. Locate and retrieve relevant secondary criticism

SLO 2b. Apply secondary criticism in research projects

SLO 3. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of Spanish and Latin American literary expressions

SLO 4. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of Spanish and Latin American traditional and cultural expressions

SLO 5. Demonstrate knowledge of Spanish linguistics

SLO 6. Read, write and use oral skills for specific professional purposes

SLO7. (Teaching Assistants only) Demonstrate familiarity with current L2 teaching methodologies, language learning technologies and practices

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: 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.

Are students achieving the SLOs?

Are they satisfied with the MA program? What can be improved?

Are the courses and faculty effective and productive?

Is the graduate students' language level adecuate?

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.

End of semester student evaluations (eCAFE and departamental)

Final projects/research papers


Language diagnostic exam

Exit survey for graduating students

Comparison of previous MA exams

Faculty meetings to revise curriculum

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

End of semester evaluations (all students

Final projects/research papers  (all students)

Exams - All students (depending on the course)

Language diagnostic exam (graduate students)

Exit survey for graduating students (5)

Comparison of previous MA exams (3)

Faculty review of graduate curriculum (7 faculty members)

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.

The language diagnostic exam suggested the need that students have to improve their language before they can take their final MA exam.

The review of the last MA administered (for which we had modified the allotted time) confirmed that the time limit was more appropriate for the exam content. The exam was also reviewed for clarity and given the linguistic limitations of students; a new course was proposed to help graduate students improve their writing.

The MA curriculum was revised and two new courses were created and added to the curriculum.

From the exit survey (5 students) it was clear that most of the students will pursue a career in language teaching or continue their studies. They were in general (n=3) satisfied with the program and believed that the SLOs for the program had been achieved well or very well. They pointed out the main strength of the department is the faculty and suggested a greater variety of graduate courses.

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

The curriculum has been revised and two new courses have been created to provide a greater variety of courses

A course to help students improve their writingr (organize ideas, become more clear and organized, etc...) was created

Faculty has been advised to emphasize the importance of language accurracy and organization of ideas when writing and including these in their students' feedback.

A new faculty position has been requested from the LLL Dean in order to allow the program to offer more courses to meet the graduate students' interests.

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.