Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester. I look forward to a productive, rewarding, and successful academic year.
Mahalo to everyone who participated in the Institutional Learning Outcome Assessment Summit on Friday, August 22. Assessment is an important process that allows us to continually improve and ensure we have ways to measure the effectiveness of our courses, programs, units and institution. We ask our students to “seek excellence,” and assessment is one of the ways we remain focused and ensure those of us working at the college are also seeking excellence in the spirit of “E ‘Imi Pono.”
I would like to extend a big mahalo to our Assessment Committee Co-Chairs, Sherri Fujita and Grace Funai, for organizing the event.
I hope everyone will continue the work that began at the assessment summit and develop strong, consistent assessment practices.
UHCC 50th Anniversary
This year the seven University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges are celebrating 50 years of working together as a system to open the doors of higher education to Hawai‘i residents.
In March 2014, the celebration began with UHCC Day at the Capitol highlighting programs and innovations on all of our campuses. To symbolize the “open door policy,” each campus Chancellor opened a door painted in the campus color to mark the beginning of another 50 years of success at the Legislature during UHCC Day at the Capitol. In April the governor signed a proclamation celebrating the law that formed the UHCC system.
The UHCCs’ celebration continues with the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Pōmaika‘i Ballrooms at the Dole Cannery in Honolulu. At the Gala, the UHCCs’ “50 Finest” will be recognized as we honor those individuals who have had a deep and lasting impact on the community colleges. Tickets are $55; stay tuned for an announcement about ticket sales.
The numbers are not yet official, but as of Thursday, August 28, there were 3,165 students enrolled at Hawai‘i Community College. That is 289 fewer students than were enrolled last year at the same time, a decrease of 8.4 percent. Enrollment is declining at all the colleges in the UH system except for UH — West O‘ahu.
We believe this is largely due to the economy; during the recession enrollment climbed dramatically and as the economy is improving it is settling back down. However, we will continue to analyze the data and find ways to attract new students and retain those who are already enrolled.
The accreditation follow-up report is due to ACCJC on October 15th. We have gathered all the information and are refining the draft report into final form. Mahalo to Accreditation Liaison Officer Kalani Flores for leading this effort and for everyone’s contributions.
Chancellor Noreen Yamane