Chancellor’s Message: Accreditation, Heart Walk, Assessment and more

Aloha,

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges took action at its meeting January 9-11 to reaffirm our accreditation, with a requirement that the college complete a follow-up report by October 15, 2013.

According to the Commission, HawCC “is found to substantially meet or exceed the Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, and Commission policies, but recommendations on a number of issues should be addressed” in the follow-up report.

The Commission’s letter of reaffirmation and the Evaluation Report are posted on our website at http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/accreditation/

Mahalo to Kate Sims, Gwen Kimura, Joel Tanabe and to our standard chairs and committee members for your guidance and dedication throughout the accreditation process. We still have work to do, and I ask for your continued support to meet the recommendations of the commission.

HAWAI‘I PAPA O KE AO

Our Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao Task Force, led by Taupōuri Tangarō, has wrapped up its series of wala‘au sessions intended to gather your feedback for this system-wide initiative. Mahalo to those who attended a wala’au session.

HawCC is leading the way on this plan to create a higher education system in which everyone can thrive, and the more input we have from members of the HawCC ‘ohana on Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao, the better off we will be as we formulate our plan for fulfilling the goals of the initiative.

So if you have any additional comments to offer about Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao, I encourage you to submit them to the Task Force. If you don’t have the Task Force members’ contact information, email Kehau at leehong@hawaii.edu or call her at 2810.

More information about Hawai‘i Papa O Ke Ao is available at http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/papaokeao/index.php.

Mahalo for your input on this important effort.

JCCIH

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i generously raises money for HawCC each year through the ever-popular “A Taste of Hilo” event. Their donations provide student scholarships, program and facility improvements, and faculty and staff development activities.

The Request for Proposals form for projects that benefit the entire college has been disseminated.

If you have a proposal, fill out the form and submit it to my office by April 12.

In the past these funds have supported the Hawai‘i Community College Mala‘ai (food garden) on the Manono campus; the mural outside the Manono cafeteria; international education; and culinary arts.

HEART WALK

The 16th Annual Hilo Heart Walk takes place in Hilo on March 2 at Lili’uokalani Gardens. Our Culinary Arts Program will be preparing refreshments for walkers, and students and faculty from the Nursing and Allied Health Program will be offering blood pressure screenings.

If you want to donate, collect donations, and/or come and walk, it would be a great way to represent HawCC in the community.

For online donations go to www.hiloheartwalk.org. Click on find a company (left side of the screen). Click on Hawai‘i Community College, and then click on HawCC Team, and the donation information is on the right side of the screen.

For more information, contact Kehau at leehong@hawaii.edu or call her at 2810.

ASSESSMENT RETREAT

Faculty, staff, and lecturers are encouraged to attend the Assessment Retreat on March 1 at the Manono Campus. These Non-Instructional Days are placed into our schedule to give us time to work together on important college processes, and assessment is one of those processes.

We know from the accreditation team’s recommendations that assessment is a vital area in which our college must make rapid improvement. We need everyone to understand the purpose of assessment and to support the college’s efforts to develop and maintain a culture of goal setting, data collection, reflection and improvement.

I am personally asking each of you to come to the All-College Assessment Retreat and to be open to learning and participating. All administrators — myself included — plus division, department, program, and unit chairs will be present to support these efforts.  A bus is being provided for our West Hawai‘i faculty and staff to bring everyone together in Hilo to participate in this activity.

Please remember to respond to Annie’s email so we can have an accurate headcount for food and transportation. I’ll see you Friday, March 1!

AWARD NOMINATIONS

It’s time to recognize members of our Hawai‘i Community College ‘ohana for their talent and hard work. The deadlines for the 2012-2013 Faculty and Staff awards are approaching in March and April. Your nominations are appreciated, because it’s important to honor those of us who go the extra mile to serve our college.

Here are the awards and the deadlines:

Ÿ Excellence in Teaching Award (Deadline: March 8, 2013)

Ÿ Outstanding Lecturer (Deadline: April 5, 2013)

Ÿ Outstanding Staff Member (Deadline: April 5, 2013)

Ÿ Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service (Deadline: April 5, 2013)

Ÿ Innovation Award (Deadline: April 5, 2013)

Ÿ Mahalo Award (Deadline: March 8, 2013)

If you are interested in nominating someone and need a nomination form, contact Doris Chang.

Mahalo!

Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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