Hawaii Graduation Initiative update
Hawaii is in the vanguard of states leading with a college completion agenda. We were one of only eight states selected to take part in Complete College America’s “Fall Academy” in October where we shared our plans to increase the numbers of students graduating with two- and four-year degrees and one-year certificates.
The Hawaii team drafted a preliminary three-step state completion plan, which includes:
- Fifteen to Finish: Encouraging students to enroll full-time and complete at least 15 credits per semester.
- Accelerate to Finish: Providing options for students to begin earning credits by completing college-level work in high school and through the use of summer school.
- Workforce Responsive Certificates: Establishing new certificates based on communication with employers and the Hawaii Workforce Development Council to reinforce the teaching of skills in new or high-demand areas.
Simply put, our citizens must complete to compete in our global economy. We’ll be sharing more about our efforts in these areas as our plans are further developed and implemented.
University and campus news
- C-MORE Hale supports microbe research
- Native Hawaiian serving grants awarded
- West Oahu golf tournament scores scholarship
- Hawaii CC among America’s best
- PCATT celebrates 10-year anniversary
- Leeward opens new Filipino studies center
- Maui College provides employment for isle youth
- Hokulani Imaginarium unveils new technology
- Manoa receives more than $32 million in grants
UH Manoa News
Manoa receives more than $32 million in grants
In just over a one-month period, UH Manoa received more than $32 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health. The grants will help strengthen UH Manoa’s research base by providing support for researchers and undergraduates, and will also support studies in health disparities and infectious diseases.
The grants include:
- $12.6 million to the John A. Burns School of Medicine focused on health disparities among minorities will support community-based research designed to improve the health of Hawaii’s people who suffer from disproportionately higher rates of serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer and dementia.
- $11 million grant to the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the College of Natural Sciences for continued research on dengue and other infectious diseases, which will include the exploration of the development of new prevention strategies.
- $9.2 million to the John A. Burns School of Medicine to support early career researchers trying to become independently-funded scientists and provide educational and training opportunities for undergraduates to be part of a pipeline of students interested in pursuing advanced degrees and careers in the health sciences.