Chancellor’s Message

Aloha,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and I would like to take this opportunity to say Happy Holidays to our Hawai‘i Community College ‘ohana!

Accreditation

Accreditors from ACCJC made a follow-up visit to our campus on Monday, November 18. At the end of the day I met with the accreditors, Marie and Daniel, to discuss their meetings with various committees/faculty/staff. Both members were very impressed with what the college was able to accomplish in a short period of time. They appreciated the honesty and openness of everyone they met throughout the day and learned a lot. They commended us for accomplishing a significant number of tasks to address the four recommendations and do understand that not much time has passed since we received the ACCJC Self Study team report.

The area in which we partially met has to do with the full implementation of the Annual Review and Budget Process and showing the incorporation of the Technology Master Plan, Academic Master Plan, and Resources Master Plan as “live” documents. They understand that both the budget process and master plans are new, but realize that we are moving forward.

They will try to get their report to us by Thanksgiving upon which we can review it and make modifications for accuracy.

I thank all of you for making their visit a successful. Kalani was here to greet them and meet with them following my meeting with them. Thank you to everyone for accommodating them in such a short period of time. Thank you to Doris for organizing their visit and taking care of the logistics to make their visit run smoothly and on time.

ACE Internationalization Laboratory

Earlier this year, HawCC joined Leeward and Windward in a 20-month long project to internationalize the campus and curriculum. With the support of Dr. John Morton’s office, the three campuses joined the American Council on Education (ACE)’s 11th Internationalization Laboratory Cohort.

October 29-31, 2013, Dr. Barbara Hill, senior associate in ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement visited the three campuses. On October 31, Dr. Hill visited HawCC for the day. She met the HawCC International Education Committee, the deans and DCs, the Senate and College Council chairs, the Kauhale Director, and the Assessment Coordinator. I met Dr. Hill with VCAA Onishi to discuss the process of internationalization for our campus.

HawCC’s mission and vision statements both contain language that supports the internationalization process. I am looking forward to working with the HawCC Kauhale on the internationalization of our campus and curriculum.

Mahalo,

Chancellor Noreen Yamane

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