Posted on | July 8, 2011 | Comments Off
The Western Association of Schools and College Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities has reaccredited Mānoa for a full 10 years—the longest reaccreditation period granted. WASC praised Mānoa for the tremendous strides it has made through the reaccreditation process that began in 2006.
“Earning the maximum 10-year reaccreditation is definitely a ‘chicken-skin’ Mānoa moment and a wonderful affirmation of our university’s high quality,” says Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw. “The hard work of so many folks went into this accomplishment—the commitment and creativity of our faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, friends and so many across the community have been impressive. Hundreds of folks devoted time and energy to generating the ideas, consulting with groups, writing the reports and meeting with the visiting WASC teams.”
Mānoa was commended by the visiting team and WASC for its student success initiatives, for “routinely collecting, analyzing and interpreting extensive data on retention and graduation, disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, residency and other variables,” and for a “solid start” on the development of a new strategic plan.
Special note was made of Mānoa’s academic program review process that the team called “a total success,” “well articulated,” “highly developed…linked to WASC standards, and broadly supported as worthwhile by the faculty.” Also praised was “faculty ownership of the assessment effort.”
“Mānoa being reaccredited for the longest possible period—something that only a very few institutions in the WASC region have received—should be a signal that we have a great university here in Hawaiʻi, says Reed Dasenbrock, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “This is an institution for higher education that the citizens of the state should be proud of.”