Unit: Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Program: Spanish (MA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Mon Oct 12, 2009 - 9:21:57 pm

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

SLO 1.Apply analytical and critical skills in the interpretation of literature and other forms of visual and textual expression. (will be assessed via research projects)

SLO 2a. Locate and retrieve relevant secondary criticism. (will be assessed via research projects)

SLO 2b. Apply secondary criticism in research projects. (will be assessed via research projects)

SLO 3. Demonstrate familiarity with texts that are representative of traditions in Latin America and Spain. (via comprehensive exams)

SLO 4. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of Ibero-Latin literary expressions. (via research projects and comprehensive exams)

SLO 5. Demonstrate breadth and depth of knowledge of Ibero-Latin cultural expressions. (via research projects)

SLO 6. (Teaching Assistants only) Demonstrate familiarity with current L2 teaching methodologies and practices. (via pilot class demonstrations, classroom observations, class presentations, and final exam in LLL 455 or SPAN 658)

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: NA

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

We are just beginning to assess our SLOs.

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

Q1:  We want to determine how well prepared our graduate students are for PhD programs.
Q2. We want to learn how well prepared our graduate students are as classroom teachers.
Q3: What are the strengths of the program and how can we help the students to better achieve the SLOs?   (We will learn about this from the electronic exit surveys by the College of LLL. Only two (2) electronic exit surveys have returned so far.)

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

Evidence 1: (An exit survey was conducted by the College of LLL.  No survey report is yet available because less than 5 students have responded to the survey) In our previous mailed surveys, graduate students (N=4) offered the following rankings:
  • Teaching—Excellent              
  • Facilities—Good
  • Curriculum—Excellent
  • Advising—Excellent

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

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

Exit survey data:  2 electronic surveys have been received by the College. (Spring 2009—only 2 surveys were received of the various students who graduated with the Spanish MA in 2009. Our previous mailed surveys also produced a very small number of returns.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

(Not yet available from the Dean’s office due to small sample size.)

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

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

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

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.