Unit: Dental Hygiene
Program: Dental Hygiene (BS)
Degree: Bachelor's
Date: Tue Nov 12, 2013 - 5:45:07 pm

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

Core content, knowledge, practice skills and desired attitudinal behaviors are organized sequentially and in order of progressive complexity.  Content is currently  organized using three themes which represent broad categories of professional activities in the practice of dental hygiene as follows:  Professionalism, Oral Health Care, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The themes are under revision and will expand from three to five as follows:  Core competencieis, Community Involvement, Patient Care, Health Promotion and Disease prevention, Professional Growth and Development. 

Competencies and outcomes identified for dental hygiene students are organized and described in terms of levels of knowledge, psychomotor and communication skills, and attitudinal behaviors a student must attain to successfully meet programmatic requirements and thus, be capable of rendering comprehensive oral health care.  The outcomes are included in course descriptions.  Each dental hygiene and dental science course has established goals and objectives described in course descriptions provided students.  The SLOs are measured using written examinations, laboratory and clinical evaluations, laboratory and clinical competency testing, laboratory and clinical examinations, oral presentations, projects and service activities, patient and agency satisfaction surveys, national board and regional licensing examination pass rates. Although not an SLO, evaluation of satisfaction for various aspects of an academic program including faculty; courses; physical facility; and student service, IT, administrative support is considered an integral and contributory part of achieving positive student learning outcomes.  In addition to participating in UHM's CAFE, the School administers a Student Experience Survey.

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

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: available through course faculty and/or at Departmental Office
Other: Self Study Report: Exhibit document, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Other: Departmental and Clinical Guidelines

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.

The Department of Dental hygiene's Curriculum committee is revising content organization using five instead of three thematic schemes.  This will align competencies with those approved by the American Dental Education Association.(ADEA)  The intent of the ADEA is define the competencies ne4cessary for entry into the dental hygiene profession and serve as a resource for accredited dental hygiene education programs to promote change and innovation within their programs.  The Department continues to collect data on student pass rates for the National Board Dentall Hygiene Examination and  approved Hawaii Dental Hygiene Licensing Examination. 

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.)

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)

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)

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.