A community college student at commencement

The University of Hawaiʻi’s seven community colleges join a multi-state collaboration working toward improving student success and completion. (Photo courtesy Leeward Community College)

Hawaiʻi was recently announced as one of five states accepted into the Postsecondary State Policy Network, an initiative led by Jobs for the Future in conjunction with Achieving the Dream, Inc.

The University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges will lead Hawaiʻi’s participation in the network with the goal of implementing long-lasting reforms so more students can earn a market-valued credential.

The other states announced recently include Connecticut, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Accelerating community college success and completion

The Postsecondary State Policy Network is a multi-state collaboration committed to advancing state policy agendas that accelerate community college student success and completion. The network’s objective is two-fold—to help states design administrative, system and legislative policies that support institutional reform strategies; and to spread across the states the lessons and models emerging from efforts to define effective and efficient student pathways to completion.

In the coming year, Achieving the Dream supported states, including Hawai‘i, will pursue a range of evidence-based reform initiatives, from piloting performance-based scholarships and improving transfer success, to fundamentally transforming the delivery of developmental education. These reforms are crucial in meeting the national demand for a more college-educated citizenry.

Hawaiʻi has identified the following major evidenced-based reform initiatives for the coming year that align with and augment the Network’s goals of accelerating state-level innovation and policy action to improve student success and completion—

  • Improve graduation success of part-time students
  • Increase transfer success, including automatic admissions at the University of Hawaiʻi four-year institutions for community college students, reverse transfer, dual enrollment, and reducing time to completion

Read the news release.

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