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.
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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.
The HGI system team and campus teams from UH Mānoa, UH Hilo and UH West O‘ahu continued to build on their student success work with facilitators Dr. Chris Navia and Omari Burnside from the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI). Chris and Omari led a 3-day workshop which focused on prioritizing reform strategies, identifying barriers that impact future progress, and identifying key activities and processes that help institutionalize system and campus efforts around student success. See work plans for campus and system updates.
UH Hilo team, June 7, 2013
UH Hilo team with Omari Burnside from EDI
Part of the UH West Oʻahu team with Chris Navia from EDI
As a follow up to the Summit II planning session in October 2012, the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI) and Complete College America (CCA) sponsored a visit by Dr. Larry Abele, provost emeritus of Florida State University, and Dr. Chris Navia, EDI Higher Education Engagement Manager, to conduct student success workshops at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, and UH West Oʻahu in January 2013. Drs. Abele and Navia also met with the HGI system team to further their agenda on student success. Student success strategies involving creating academic maps with milestones, using data for decision making, and leveraging financial aid were covered. See work plans for campus and system updates.
Larry Abele and Chris Navia from EDI meet with the system team
UH West Oʻahu Jan. 30, 2013
At UH Hilo Jan. 29, 2013
At UH Hilo Jan. 29, 2013
UH’s 15 to Finish campaign has gained national attention. Most recently, it was a featured presentation at the Complete College America meeting in December 2012, with 33 states in attendance. Executive Vice President Johnsrud provided a summary of how UH’s 15 to Finish was born along with initial results of the strategy to reduce students’ time to degree.
Director of Institutional Research and Analysis Office, Pearl Iboshi, was a featured panelist on using data to drive change. Her topic was on the development of HGI’s campus completion scorecards.
UH campus and system teams gathered at the State Capitol for a two-day planning session in October 2012 that focused on improving student success. Facilitators and national content experts were brought in by Complete College America to assist in the discussions.
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Governor Neil Abercrombie, CCA President Stan Jones, and UH EVPAA Linda Johnsrud.
Campus teams present plans at the afternoon session.
HGIs Summit II was the second gathering held by UH. In September 2010, Summit I E Kamakani Hou brought together community leaders and members of UH to discuss how higher education could improve Hawaiʻis ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.