Information Literacy 2021- B.A. Philosophy

B.A. Philosophy

Have formal Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) or Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) been developed?

Yes, “Goals for Student Learning in the Major”

Published where?

UH Hilo Catalog

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2020-2021: Information Literacy)?


Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

PHIL 329 Environmental Ethics


A 6–9-page (double-spaced) paper within which a student reflects on the topics covered in the course.  Students are required to submit the essay with either footnotes Chicago or MLA (which includes a Work Cited Page).

Type of Student Artifact

Midterm essay

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Information Literacy.

Data (measurement of the competency)

Three readers from the department read fifteen (n = 15) papers. Students averaged 2.95/4 in Document Conventions, 3.66 in Appropriateness of Sources, 3.43 in Evaluating Sources, and 3.68 in Integrating Sources. These scores show an improvement from the 2015-2016 data.

Readers noted the most frequent problem with information literacy in this set of papers was students not citing sources for their claims. Nevertheless, though not every student did high quality work, on the whole the students showed impressive skills at choosing credible sources and evaluating the merits of their claims.

Evaluator Tabular Data

Action Taken in Response to the Data (What will you do in response to the Findings?)

Readers discussed findings and one reader decided to move to a rubric-based grading model for consistency in reporting standards of performance to students.

Date of Last Program Review


See Program Reviews for the College of Arts and Science