This handout describes how HGI is working toward the goal of increasing the number of Hawai‘i residents with a postsecondary degree.
HGI campus and system teams were asked to identify large scale/high impact strategies, develop tactics necessary to implement the strategies, and prioritize next steps. For details on how campus and system teams are currently moving forward on implementing their plans, follow the links below.
This handout describes the use of data and a communication strategy to shift a long-standing norm of students taking 12, rather than 15, credits per semester.
UH’s 15 to Finish campaign has gained national attention. Most recently, it was a featured presentation at the Complete College America meeting in December 2012, with 33 states in attendance. Executive Vice President Johnsrud provided a summary of how UH’s 15 to Finish was born along with initial results of the strategy to reduce students’ time to degree.
UH campus and system teams gathered at the State Capitol for a two-day planning session in October 2012 that focused on improving student success. Facilitators and national content experts were brought in by Complete College America to assist in the discussions.
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HGI’s Summit II was the second gathering held by UH. In September 2010, Summit I “E Kamakani Hou” brought together community leaders and members of UH to discuss how higher education could improve Hawaiʻi’s ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.
Keynote speaker Executive Vice President Johnsrud provides the context for the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative—the critical need for more educated citizens to ensure Hawai‘i’s future as a vital, globally competitive state.
More incoming freshmen at UH campuses registered for 15 or more credits for the Fall 2012 semester than first-time freshmen who registered between Fall 2009 through Fall 2011. Overall, the share of classified undergraduates across the UH System who registered for 15 or more credits also increased. Data tables (.pdf).
Students who took 15 or more credit hours performed better than those who took less than 15 credits across nearly all levels of academic preparation according to an analysis of first-time students attending UH’s two- and four-year campuses from fall 2009 to fall 2011.