The University of Hawaiʻi, nationally recognized for its graduation initiatives, was one of six state entities that presented at the Complete College America (CCA) 2017 Annual Convening, the preeminent gathering of nationally-renowned architects of college completion efforts. More than 700 higher education leaders and advocates from around the country attended the three-day November conference in New Orleans, the organization’s largest convening to date. More at UH News.
The University of Hawaiʻi was honored for two of its graduation initiatives that are national models. Before an audience of 600 higher education leaders and advocates from around the country, Complete College America (CCA) announced that UH is the inaugural recipient of two President’s Awards at the national nonprofit’s 2016 annual meeting in San Francisco, California.
This handout updates the Hawaiʻi Graduation Initiative including new and on-going strategies.
The University of Hawaiʻi’s 15 to Finish campaign was one of two winners in the U.S. Education Delivery Institute’s (EDI) Access to Success (A2S) event. As an Inspired Deliverologist Expert Award (IDEA) winner, UH was credited for system-wide goals that have:
- awarded 11,278 degrees and certificates, the most in system history
- exceeded goals for Native Hawaiian student degree attainment
- almost doubled the goal for number of Pell grants disbursed
- exceeded the goals for increasing the number of STEM degrees awarded
This is the last A2S meeting, as this five year initiatives comes to an end. Its goal was to reduce in half the gap between freshman and transfers underrepresented and low-income students in graduation rates compared to non-underrepresented minorities and low-income students. It was announced that UH four-year campuses were the only one to achieve this goal for bachelor’s degrees, and the two-year campuses exceeded the goal for low-income students.
President David Lassner’s presentation at the SHEEO Annual Meeting in Boise, ID, on July 8, 2014.