“High Touch” emphasizes the individualized, culturally relevant and personal support provided by UH West Oʻahu faculty and staff, as well as peers. These services are particularly important for high school graduates attending their first semester as the first in their family to attend college.
The “High Tech” focus of the grant allows UH West Oʻahu to provide every opportunity possible for Native Hawaiian students to gain competence in disciplines such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In turn, preparing these graduates for high demand STEM careers and significantly increasing their future earning potential.
Title III funds are responsible for these services, programs and initiatives:
- A Native Hawaiian Academic Advisor that is knowledgeable of the indigenous culture and is able to help students utilize cultural strengths and values in achieving academic success.
- A First Year Experience Coordinator that ensures programs, services and events specifically address the needs of freshmen during their first year at UH West Oʻahu.
- A Learning Network Specialist to facilitate and ease the transfer process for community college students admitted to UH West Oʻahu.