October Message

Noreen YamaneAloha HawCC Faculty and Staff,

The Washington Monthly has recently published the list of the top 50 community colleges in the nation based on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and graduation rates published by the U.S. Department of Education.  More than 60 percent of all community colleges (roughly 650 institutions) were included in the rankings, from which the top fifty were published.  Hawai‘i Community College ranked 24th.  For more information, visit the website listed below:


 Hawai‘i Community College exceeded in four out of the five CCSSE benchmarks of effective educational practice in community colleges:

  •  Active and Collaborative Learning
  • Academic Challenge
  • Student-Faculty Interaction
  • Support for Learners

 The report on the CCSSE Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice is included in this newsletter.

 Each year we ask all HawCC personnel to complete the UH online training, “Preventing Sexual Harassment.”  This administration has the responsibility to ensure a harassment-free educational environment where harassment in any form will not be tolerated.  For our first-time users as well as those of us who review this training year after year, we hope that you have learned to recognize sexual harassment and will take the appropriate action to report each occurrence.  I also encourage our lecturers, casual and student employees to complete this survey.  If you have not already completed the online training, go to:


The holidays and the end of the fall semester are rapidly approaching.  We ask that you please adhere to the directive from Mike Leialoha, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs regarding our campus closure for November 26 and December 20 through January 1.  Faculty and staff located on the UH Hilo campus will be required to follow the UH Hilo campus closure policy. 

Mahalo nui loa,

Noreen Yamane

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