B.S. Agriculture – Written Communication (2013-2014)

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

YES, “Goals for Student Learning”

Published where? (website)

Agriculture Website

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

“Effective written and oral communication skills as required for professional objectives.”

Process of Core Competency Assessment:

Course (400- level)

HORT 450


Students will produce a science report that must include all the proper parts of a scientific journal article: introduction, literature review, results & discussions, conclusion and citations

Type of Student Artifact

15-20 page research paper

Rubric or other instrument

GE Rubric for Written Communication

Data (measurement of the competency)

Sixteen paper (n = 16) were read by the Assessment Committee. Of the sixteen, 10 of 16 (or 62%) exhibited skill above “competent” (score of “3”), with only one paper receiving a score of less than “emerging.” While the assignment was not included with the papers, the papers themselves uniformly communicated the expectations for the writing assignment. The Committee felt that the overall quality of the papers exhibited college-level research of writing, especially in terms of scientific method, data description, and analysis.

Evaluator Tabular Data

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

The College has reviewed the data and will initiate the following: (1) to improve the structure of the paper we will require students to prepare outlines before writing the reports, (2) provide examples of well-structured scientific reports, and (3) to improve content and grammar the reading of exemplary scientific articles will be required and peer review will be required as part of the revision process.

Date of Last Program Review


Link to review: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/uhh/vcaa/documents/CAFNRMprogramreviewMOUJuly2003-CL-ADA.pdf