Unit: Languages & Literatures of Europe and the Americas
Program: German (BA)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Mon Oct 12, 2009 - 9:54:28 pm

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

1. Read and comprehend texts written in German from a variety of genres and contexts (e.g., magazine or internet articles, newspapers, literature).

2. Analyze and critique texts written in German from a variety of genres and contexts.

3. Engage in oral communication in German in various communicative contexts (e.g., everyday conversations, ordering in a restaurant, participating in class discussions, making a short presentation).

4. Engage in writing in German in various contexts and for various audiences (e.g., personal letters, emails, essays, etc.).

5. Conduct research on German language and/or culture using knowledge and skills learned in the program.

6. Demonstrate a familiarity with the current events, traditional and pop culture, and social structures of the society/societies in which German is spoken.

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

Program SLOs were assessed in the BA Alumni Survey, Spring 2009.

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

BA Alumni Survey is available upon request from the German Department.  Goal was to see whether students felt the SLOs were achieved; also, if and how the program might be improved.

7) State the Type(s) of Evidence Gathered

A BA Alumni survey was administered, and results were collected/reported to the German division by the LLL Dean’s office.

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

The Chair of the German division created an online survey. The dean’s office of the college of LLL used the survey to solicit feedback from the BA alumni, and then interpreted, evaluated and analyzed the data received.

9) State How Many Pieces of Evidence Were Collected

Six surveys were completed, representing a 50% response rate.

10) Summarize the Actual Results

A summary of the results are available upon request from the German Department.

11) Briefly Describe the Distribution and Discussion of Results

The chair of the German division received the results from the college of LLL.  All members of the German division were subsequently provided a copy of the results, and were asked to analyze/interpret the results and provide any suggestions for improvement/change.

12) Describe Conclusions and Discoveries

Students were overwhelmingly satisfied with the program, but most indicated they would have liked to see an increase in the number of courses offered as well as number of faculty members. (The German division has seen a very healthy increase in numbers of students at the 300-400 levels, including those pursuing the Certificate or the  BA. In spite of this, no additional positions have been approved. In fact, we have lost funding for both temporary and permanent positions.)

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

We have created a new informational/promotional flyer, as well as a letter from our faculty members, to send to private (non-university) organizations and clubs in an effort to attract outside funding. So far, it has been mailed to over 30 different individuals, clubs, institutions, etc., in Hawaii, the US and in a number of European countries.

14) Reflect on the Assessment Process

We’re still reviewing our assessment procedures.
We had a relatively high response rate.

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.