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August 2015

It may be due to my athletic background, but I believe that teamwork and collaboration are keys to success for our campus. As we prepare for the new semester, let’s continue to think of ways that we can work together to move the campus forward and provide innovative opportunities for our students.

With a focus on improving as a student-centered, indigenous-serving campus, I have created a Chancellor’s Committee on Enrollment and Student Success that will address our retention and graduation rates in a collaborative manner, across and within division or departmental boundaries. Membership is representative of the campus community (faculty senate, student government, academic affairs, student affairs and administrative affairs).

UH West Oʻahu wants to develop proactive approaches to barriers that impact our enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, and I am pleased that Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Judy Oliveira, and Dr. Jacque Honda, Director for Institutional Effectiveness, are co-chairing this much-needed committee.

Culturally Engaging Campus Environment

Speaking of opportunities to collaborate, UH West Oʻahu is lucky to be a pilot campus as a Culturally Engaging Campus Environment (CECE), which focuses on student retention and degree completion, ensuring that student populations are represented equitably, and that students receive a quality experience here at UH West Oʻahu. It requires collaboration between academic and student affairs, which will allow us look internally to better understand areas within the institution that need modification to increase our student success rates. Participating in the CECE model will allow UH West Oʻahu to advance the implications of a campus environment on student success – which will impact both local and national understanding.

Early in July, Dr. Samuel Museus, associate professor of higher education and director of the culturally engaging campus environments project at Indiana University, presented at UH West Oʻahu about the CECE Model, which was developed as the result of research on racially diverse populations on college. Read more about the event here.

Dr. Samuel Museus and UHWO Staff group shot

E Kamakani Hou

Don’t forget to check out UH West Oʻahu’s new online newsletter, E Kamakani Hou. Special thanks to our Communications Department, especially public information officer, Julie Funasaki Yuen, and graphic designer, Brian Miyamoto, who worked hard over the summer to pull all of the content together. The intent is to showcase all of the activity around our campus – we have many points of pride and E Kamakani Hou is a new way for us to share our news.

E Kamakani Hou website