Unit: Public Administration
Program: Public Administration (MPA)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Oct 10, 2013 - 11:45:38 am

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

The overarching question for our Program is, "What do people in public service need to know to be effective in their work?"

The following are our current SLOs:

  1. Think critically and reflectively, with awareness of diverse perspectives, and employing multiple lenses to analyze public issues.
  2. Effectively communicate one-on-one, in small groups, and in broader arenas.
  3. Work effectively in teams and display leadership skills.
  4. Utilize knowledge of public institutions and processes.
  5. Participate effectively in civic life.

2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.

Department Website URL: http://www.puba.hawaii.edu/mpa-degree.html
Student Handbook. URL, if available online:
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online: NA
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online: NA

3) Select one option:

Curriculum Map File(s) from 2013:

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, 2012 and September 30, 2013? (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, 2012 to September 30, 2013: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.


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.


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


9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)


10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)


11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.


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


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.

In Spring 2013, the Program submitted an Eligibility report to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) in application for accreditation consideration.  The Program's eligibility report was approved by NASPAA and the Program now has three years in which to submit a self-study.  The Program has embarked on a process of self-evaluation and data collection that will likely affect its orientation to public administration education, including its curriculum.