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The University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s (UHM) General Education Office (GEO) and General Education Committee (GEC) are committed to the assessment of student achievement of the General Education (Gen Ed) learning outcomes. The first assessment project in the Gen Ed seven-year assessment plan is of Foundations Global and Multicultural Perspectives. The FG assessment project is overseen by the GEC’s Assessment Working Group and FG Faculty Learning Community. 

FG Assessment Project Timeline

The FG Faculty Learning Community (FG FLC) was formed of several faculty members from a variety of disciplines who have experience teaching FG designated courses. The FG FLC decided to revise UHM’s FG Student Learning Objectives as the first step.

The FG FLC discussed revisions to UHM’s FG Student Learning Objectives during the Spring 2020 semester. After several drafts and by the end of the semester, the FG FLC proposed a set of revised Student Learning Objectives to the GEC. The GEC voted on and approved the revised FG Student Learning Objectives on May 8, 2020. The revised FG SLOs are:

Students will be able to:

FGLO1. Global Learning (content/know): Students will demonstrate an understanding of human development and cultural changes through time from prehistory to the present and across major regions of the globe–Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania–and with particular emphasis on the unique cultural contributions from Hawaiian, Pacific, and/or Asian societies. This includes identifying the basic role of some global and local institutions, ideas, and processes in human and natural worlds.

FGLO2. Intercultural Literacy (skill based/do): Using disciplinary-based modes of inquiry, and evidence by or about diverse cultures, students will imagine the perspectives of people from those cultures and evaluate the complexities of interactions across cultures.

FGLO3. Personal and Social Responsibility (value):.Through interpersonal and/or intellectual engagement, students will respond to, interact with, describe, and/or analyze human cultures with sensitivity and respect.

The Assessment and Curriculum Support Center provided funds to the General Education Office to purchase resources to support the FG Assessment Project. The FG FLC members completed a poll and selected the following two resources:

  • Landorf, H., Doscher, S., & Hadrick, J. (2018). Making global learning universal: Promoting inclusion and success for all students. Sterling, VA: Stylus (Amazon)
  • Standish, A. (2012). The false promise of global learning: Why education needs boundaries. New York, NY: Bloomsbury (Bloomsbury)

The FG FLC will discuss these resources beginning in Fall 2020.

The GEC’s Assessment Working Group facilitated the book discussions with the FG Faculty Learning Community. The sessions focused on the books’ themes and how they apply to the teaching and learning of FG. The FG Faculty Learning Community members were encouraged to bring a reading, assignment, or other course material from an FG designated course that represents a theme(s) from each book. Constructive feedback was shared so that members walked away from the discussions with ideas to enhance their courses.

The GEC’s Assessment Working Group constructed a survey on the Instructional Experiences with Foundations Global and Multicultural Perspectives that was sent to faculty currently teaching FG designated courses. The survey’s response rate was 17%. The survey results will be posted soon!

Based on the survey results, the GEC’s Assessment Working Group decided to assess FG SLO #1. The artifacts that will be collected this semester will be used to explore the student learning of FG SLO #1.

Student artifacts will be assessed. The GEO Director and Assessment Coordinator will aggregate findings and prepare a report for the GEC.

Results will be discussed with the FG Faculty Learning Community and the Foundations Board. The GEC will make recommendations to improve the curriculum through faculty governance. An action plan will be created. Instructors will incorporate changes to support improved student learning in the Gen Ed program.

Ongoing teaching and faculty development will be offered to support assessment findings.

FG Faculty Learning Community

The GEC’s Assessment Working Group facilitated book discussions with the FG Faculty Learning Community in Fall 2020. The sessions focused on the books’ themes and how they applied to the teaching and learning of FG. The FG Faculty Learning Community members were encouraged to bring a reading, assignment, or other course material from an FG designated course that represented a theme(s) from each book. Constructive feedback was shared so that members walked away from the discussions with ideas to enhance their courses.

Discussion of Making Global Learning Universal
Thursday, October 22 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm through Zoom
Facilitated by E. Kalikoaloha Martin Jr., Instructor, Kawaihuelani Center of Hawaiian Language 

Discussion of The False Promise of Global Learning
Thursday, December 3 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm through Zoom
Facilitated by Jonathan Pettit, Assistant Professor, Chinese Religions

Past Assessments

The Assessment and Curriculum Support Center conducted the “Student Success Project: A Longitudinal Cohort Study” in 2012. The cohort was composed of 251 first-year students who entered UHM in fall 2010.

The following PowerPoint was presented to the Foundations Board with information on FG after the cohort completed years 1 and 2.

The following is a Summary of Findings on Learning and Global and Multicultural Perspectives.

More information is provided by the Assessment and Curriculum Support Center here about the Student Success Project.

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