Posted on | March 26, 2010 | Comments Off
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities has approved the advancement of Mānoa’s reaccreditation process, including a scheduled educational effectiveness review in Spring 2011. Based on the visiting team’s capacity and preparatory review from the December 2009 visit, WASC commended the campus for making considerable progress since its last special visit three years ago.
“The (visiting) team had the distinct impression of a sense of community across the campus, a willingness to collaborate, to facilitate partnerships at all levels and a keen realization that this collegiality was essential to help weather the current economic crisis,” says Ralph A. Wolff, commission president and executive director. “We sensed a great deal of excitement and pride about the unique place of Hawaiian Learning and what an extraordinary opportunity the campus has to highlight Hawaiian knowledge.”
The commission also endorsed the CPR team’s findings, commendations and recommendations in the particular areas of strategic planning, educational effectiveness and student access. “Perhaps the most outstanding discovery by the team was the progress made with the student success initiatives,” reads part of the site visit report. “We found the Student Success Center, Residential Learning Community, First-Year initiatives, and Composition 100 to be exemplary. In fact the breadth of initiatives across the campus became a challenge for the team in deciding which to include in this report.”
“The challenge for us is sustaining the progress we’ve made despite substantial reductions in our budget—at least $66 million,” says Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw. “We’re certainly encouraging state decision-makers, along with our UH Mānoa alumni, donors and friends, to help us keep moving forward to meet the educational and research needs of our community.”