Unit: Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences
Program: Nutritional Sciences (MS)
Degree: Master's
Date: Thu Oct 17, 2013 - 2:31:39 pm

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

The learning objectives of the Nutritional Sciences MS program are that students will:

        a.      Demonstrate mastery of fundamental knowledge in the field of nutrition.

        b.      Demonstrate advanced scholarship in their specialty area in the field of nutrition.

        c.      Communicate both orally and in writing at a high level of proficiency.

        d.      Conduct and interpret nutrition research.

        e.      Function as a professional in their chosen discipline.

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

Department Website URL: http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/depart/hnfas/degrees/grad/NUTRms.html
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) Select one option:

No map submitted.

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.

All SLOs were targetted.  Assessment goals, questions, techniques:

1) Six MS students were give oral "candidacy" exams by a committee of graduate faculty members to assess the students basic knowledge in nutrition and closely related disciplines.  All passed with no conditions.

2) 14 students were given final exams/thesis defenses by their MS thesis committees to assess:  research productivity, knowledge of their research field, academic writing abilities, and oral presentation skills. All passed and graduated.

3) A survey was conducted to identify the career path of alumni who graduated within the past 2 years.

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.

see question #6

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

see question #6

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)
Other: Graduate Chair

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)
Other: Graduate Chair

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

All 6  students given oral Candidacy exams passed the exam, some with conditions for how to overcome weaknesses identified in the exam/assessment. 

From the survey of  14 alumni who graduated within the past two years: 2 are in a PhD programs, 1 is in Pharmancy school, 2 are in dietetic internship programs, 7 are employed in a nutrition, food, or health-related position, 1 is an instructor at UH Manoa, and 1 is raising a young child with her career on hold.

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

Results of candidacy exams and final exams/thesis defences will be reported to the graduate division and used as evidence of student progress and program quality within the graduate program. 

Results of the survey of alumni career paths will be reported to the Graduate Division and program graduate faculty as evidence of program success and quality.  They will also be used for recruitment of new students.

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.

We have a quality MS program that is producing graduates that can: 1) further their training by being accepted into PhD and  professions school programs, 2) be employed in the field, and 3) contribute to the needs of sociey for nutrition professionals.

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.

nothing to add