B.A. Economics – Written Communication (2013-2014)

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


Published where? (website)

CoBE Webpage

Do PLOs include or imply link to Core Competency? (AY 2013-2014: Written Communication)?

Upon graduating with a B.A. degree in Economics, students should be able to: Apply Economic theory to practical problems [and] Write and speak effectively and confidently.

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

ECON 416 Asia-Pacific Economic Integration


Students will chose one country from the Asia-Pacific Region, develop a narrative of the relationship of that country with the U.S., then apply economic theory in their analysis of the relationship.

Type of Student Artifact

6-8 page research paper in Chicago Format

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Written Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

The Department undertook a reading of 11 paper (n  = 11). The class average for each paper was 2.875, indicating students are approaching competency (score of 3), with weaknesses noted in two categories: line of reasoning and organization/structure.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

In light of this data, the department will undertake the following:  (1)To improve line of reasoning, we plan to add short analytical writings into our assignments in addition to short definition and essay writings; (2) to improve structure of the paper, we start to require students to provide detailed outlines before writing any essay; and (3) Seeking support from Kilohana to improve overall writing skills.

Date of Last Program Review


Link to report: Economics Department