Unit: Linguistics
Program: Linguistics (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Oct 29, 2009 - 11:18:11 am

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

The primary objective of the  M.A. program is to prove a basic introduction to the subject matter and the skills required for advanced work in the discipline.

Three streams are offered, each reflecting a different focus of contemporary linguistics: linguistic analysis, language and cognition, and language documentation and analysis.

The required courses and activities associated with each stream are tailored to provide students with the training and skills appropriate to the focus they have chosen.

2) Where are your program's SLOs published?

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

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2009:

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

Knowledge of basic area of the discipline and research skills.

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

How well the student has mastered the basic areas of the disciple.  How well the student had developed independent research skills.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

--In-class performance, as measured on exams and research papers

--Capstone project (public presentation or thesis defense)

--Exit survey (includes question relating to their satisfaction with our program and its sucess in meeting its objectives)

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

The entire faculty meets once a year to consider the accumulated evidence (see question 7) with regards to the performance of individual students currently in the program and to consider the feed back gathered from graduating students via the exit survey (again, see question 7).

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

Each student takes, on average, 6 courses a year. There is one capstone project per student, and one set of exit survey results per student.

10) Summarize the Actual Results


11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

The results are available to the entire faculty and are discussed during a half-day meeting that enjoys a very high rate of attendance and participation.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

Our deliberations often lead to program modifications. Several years ago, for examples, we decided to offer three streams of course work for our Plan B M.A. in order to create a set of more focused curriculum options, thereby better preparing students for further study or a career. We also discuss the addition and deletion of courses in the curriculum.

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

The conclusions described in the answer to question 13 were implemented.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

No need for changes.

15) Other Important Information

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.