Kauhale sprouted three years ago out of a need to improve our assessment practices at Hawai’i Community College.
No longer could assessment simply take place between a student and an instructor; it had to take into account the larger goals of programs as well as the institution as a whole.
That’s why we created this concept of Kauhale, an academic village without the silos that often separate the different parts of institutions like ours.
Our “Assessment Day” on Friday, March 1 was a perfect example of Kauhale in action. Almost 200 faculty, staff and administrators came together — many from West Hawai‘i — for a full day of focusing on assessment.
One notable thing is the number of staff from service and support units, such as human resources, web development, the Hale Kea Advancement and Testing Center, and more.
The presence of these staff members shows that we are now taking a holistic view of our college for the purposes of assessment and that it’s important for our whole college — not just instructors — to be focused on student success.
So March 1 served as a kind of closing of the loop for Kauhale. It was born in 2010 and on March 1 we got to see it functioning.
There is more work to ensure that assessment is functioning smoothly in the way we need it to, but it’s also important to remember that we have come a long way.
Taupōuri Tangarō , Acting Director of Kauhale.