Spotlight on STEM “Building a Better World: National Engineering Organization launches Local Chapter”
By Micael Rodriguez and Jason Salseg (edited by Kendall Kido)
To many, learning to live in harmony with nature while enjoying modern innovation and technology sounds like either a pipe dream or a distant, futuristic reality. There are some who believe this to be impossible altogether. One new club on campus seeks to make this dream a reality. Now. Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW); a national organization of students, university faculty and working professionals; welcomes its newest chapter on the campus of Kapi’olani Community College. Kapi’olani ESW joins over 50 other chapters in universities across North America.
The local Hawaii chapter, which plans to coordinate with other higher education institutions in the state, was spearheaded by student Jason Salseg with the help of Kapi’olani CC faculty members Dr. Harry Davis and Dr. Aaron Hanai. Jason says the goal of Kapi’olani ESW is to, “engage future engineers who are still at the college and middle school and even elementary school level with hands on activities that benefit the community and have a focus on sustainability driven projects. Starting their focus now will have a tremendous impact later in the field of engineering.”
The club had its first meeting in April and hit the ground running. Within three weeks, they designed and built their first project: a functional solar powered cart delivering a hearty 500 watts per hour. Local companies, Solar Cool, All-Build Construction, Universal Manufactures & Re-Use Hawaii donated materials, and club members Yu Gong, Geena Wann, Will Kaeo, Bryson Racoma, Jackson Poscablo, Joe Valle, Michael Rodriguez and Jason Salseg designed and constructed the functional cart which debuted for the Earth Day event April 20th. Club member Geena Wann said, “we are still small, we are still new, so we are by taking on these smaller projects we can work towards a bigger goal. Hopefully in the future, we can get us to the point where we can be completely sustainable.”
Kapi’olani CC ESW is looking forward to the future. They plan to tackle other renewable energy projects like biodiesel, hydroponics and hydrogen cell technologies. With such lofty goals, it helps that members hail from so many different engineering majors. Currently, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are represented, however all disciplines are encouraged to participate and help create a sustainable present, and a sustainable future.
“You have these big topics of concern that can only be addressed by engineers. When you see (young) students interested in taking on these incredibly large and complex issues, you know that these things can get solved. These are the student engineers who are going to fix those problems.”
To learn more about the club and what they are currently doing, please visit their website at: eswkcc.wordpress.com
Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects
Through its New Civics Small Grants Program, the foundation is accepting research proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people. Of special interest are projects designed to improve understandings of the avenues for and impediments to civic learning and civic action among young people who do not attend college, who reside in marginalized communities, who are recent immigrants or immigrants of a different legal status, or who are less economically advantaged. The program awards grants of up to $50,000, typically extending over periods of one to four years.
To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as fiscal agent for the grant.
Project Olonā Receives $218,000 Investment from Kamehameha Schools
Congratulations to Keolani Noa (STEM Outreach Coordinator) and the STEM Team for receiving an additional $218,200 from Kamehameha Schools for Project Olonā. Now in its third year, Project Olonā will expand on its undergraduate research experiences. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside ethnobotany and chemistry experts, who will serve as faculty mentors to students conducting experiments. The students will complete advanced research in five native Hawaiian plants to positively impact the current day La Hui health issues. Another exciting feature for the project will be the application of engineering concepts to examine sustainable water irrigation issues.
STEM Receives Additional Funding from NSF Tribal Colleges and Universities Grant
Congratulations to Maria Bautista (Department Chair of Math & Sciences) and Herve Collin (Assistant Professor of Physics) for being approved for a supplemental award for the National Science Foundation Tribal Universities and Colleges Program grant. The STEM Program will receive an additional $300,000 to introduce a semester-long Math Emporium Immersion Model Program, which will be a hypothesis-driven approach to improving course completion in calculus. This project draws upon best practices from the STEM Summer Bridge programs and provides the same immersive experience with peer mentoring to Native Hawaiian and other underrepresented minorities.
Kaneta Foundation Investment Renewed for Lunalilo Scholarship
Congratulations to LaVache Scanlion and Linh Hoang for the successful renewal of the Lunalilo Scholarship fund by philanthropists Lester and Marian Kaneta. The challenge grant has provided tuition aid and support for essential living expenses for financially at-risk students since 2012. The program continues to garner media attention and further investment from other foundations to continue supporting Lunalilo Scholars beyond their first year of college.
OFIE Director Bob Franco to be featured on Hawaii Public Radio
Fresh off the heels of the University of Hawaii’s third annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit, Bob Franco (Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness) will be featured on a panel of sustainability experts on Hawaii Public Radio 2’s Town Square moderated by host Beth Ann Kozlovich. The topic will be Science and Civic Engagement in the UH System with a focus on Hawaii becoming the first model SENCER state. The segment will be live on air Thursday, March 5 from 5-6 pm.
Fellow panelists will include Kapiolani CC partners Denise Konan, Dean, University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Social Sciences, and Dr. Amy Schachter, Director SENCER Center for Innovation, West.
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch Bob Franco live on radio — visit HPR 2’s website to tune in live this evening, or set your radio to FM98.9.
Kapiolani CC Awarded IDEAS Grant for Human Trafficking Event
Congratulations to Joy Oehlers, Kelli Nakamura, Julie Rancilio for being awarded an IDEAS (formerly Diversity and Equity Initiative Award) grant from the UH SEED Office for their project entitled “The Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery Lecture on Human Trafficking in Hawaii.” The project will add a new element to diversity programming with a focus on human trafficking and violence against women.
The UH SEED Office has been a strong and consistent supporter of diversity programming at Kapiolani Community College. Funding for diversity programming is available every fall and spring semester through the SEED Initiatives for Diversity, Equity, Access and Success award. To view a comprehensive list of previous grant recipients from the UH SEED Office, please visit the Office for Institutional Effectiveness website Grants Development section.
Work at OFIE
The Office for Institutional Effectiveness is currently advertising a position for an Institutional / Policy Analyst. To apply, please visit the Work at UH website and submit your application by January 23, 2015 (be sure to save a copy of the job advertisement before it expires).
OFIE Director Bob Franco featured in NERCHE Center for Engaged Democracy
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education Center for Engaged Democracy featured the work of OFIE Director Bob Franco as one of the selected grant recipients in 2014-15. The grant entitled Advancing Current Critical Issues in Community Engagement Research was open to a national pool of applicants. Dr. Franco’s research will prioritize student outcomes. The full abstract is as follows:
The purpose of this study is to extend the scope of the 2012 “Core Competencies in Civic Engagement: A Working Paper in the Center for Engaged Democracy’s Policy Papers Series” to include the identification of the civic engagement competencies that community colleges are expecting students to demonstrate through the examination and categorization of institutional, programmatic or course-level learning outcomes. This study will utilize both survey methodology and participatory action research by community college faculty, professional staff, and administrators responsible for civic engagement or service-learning at the campus level.
OFIE Comprehensive Program Review 2014
The Office for Institutional Effectiveness completed its comprehensive program review on November 5, 2014. The policy document details the team’s goals and needed resources for the coming year. Please click here to view the OFIE Comprehensive Program Review.
Congratulations to OFIE Director Bob Franco
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Franco (Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness) for being elected to the executive board of the CCAP – Community College Affiliate Program of The National Council for Science and the Environment. Dr. Franco will serve a three-year term starting in 2014 and wrapping up in 2017 which coincides with his ongoing work with sustainability and innovation on the Teagle Foundation funded project.
As an executive board member, Dr. Franco will help advance the quality of interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability education; student engagement, leadership and research; collaboration with other community colleges, four-year institutions and federal agencies; and the participation of administrators, faculty and staff in environmental and sustainability efforts.
Dr. Franco’s appointment comes at a serendipitous time as he is a contributor to UH System efforts to create and implement an executive policy on sustainability for the Board of Regents and the UH campuses.
2014 Strategic Plan Scorecard – how are we doing?
OFIE has released its 2014 Strategic Plan scorecard, which provides an update on the campus’ overall progress with six strategic planning outcomes and 40 performance measures.
The Scorecard identifies areas where the College met and did not meet its annual target.
The College met 23 of its 40 performance measures but still needs to: 1) Complete its Technology Plan; 2) Decide if it wants to set baseline and benchmark numbers for “Globally Competent Students” in the 2015-2021 Strategic Plan, or eliminate this measure; and 3) Set baseline and benchmark numbers for Sustainability Learning in the 2015-2021 plan.
Six of the targets we did not meet were in Developmental Education, and six were in our Workforce Development Outcome. Other unmet targets were in garnering external funds and in repair and maintenance requests. Other unmet measures were minor misses.
Strategic Plan scorecards for 2012, 2013, and 2014 are posted to the OFIE website Strategic Planning page.
Kapi’olani Community College is one of 10 new community colleges across the nation who were selected to receive a two-year grant from the Mentor Links: Advancing Technological Education program. The Kapiolani CC STEM Program’s Department Chair Maria Bautista and Aaron Hanai will be partnering with a retired engineering technology faculty member from Portland CC to implement this capacity-building project.
According to the American Association of Community Colleges, “selected colleges will lead innovative projects in biotechnology, biomanufacturing, virtual labs, engineering technology, advanced manufacturing, clean energy, geospatial technologies and cybersecurity. Mentors will work closely with their college teams on activities such as curriculum development or redesign, industry engagement, faculty development, student recruitment and retention, virtualization and internships, and experiential learning experiences development for both faculty and students.”
Degree Qualifications Profile Project
Kapi’olani Community College was a member of the Associate Degree Cohort of the ACCJC-sponsored Degree Qualifications Profile Project. The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) is a framework for what students should know and be able to do at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels. The College’s pilot project involved mapping and alignment of general education outcomes and course competencies to the DQP in the context of the AA in Hawaiian Studies degree. The College was recognized for its efforts with a DQP Project Award of Excellence from ACCJC.
OFIE successfully completed CCSSE in spring 2014
The Office for Institutional Effectiveness Institutional Research staff requests your assistance with the annual CCSSE Survey – Community College Survey of Student Engagement. Faculty whose classes were selected to participate will receive an email from OFIE with further instructions on how to participate. Please visit our CCSSE page if you have questions about the results from our previous studies.
Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Stimulating Moral, Ethical, and Civic Engagement for Learning that Lasts
Dr. Robert Franco and Lyvier Conss were Project Leaders for the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE). The CCNCCE was awarded $270,000 as a follow-up to its work under an earlier Teagle planning grant. This grant will support Kapi’olani Community College and a number of partner institutions, in a number of ways.
Click here for more information on the Teagle Foundation Grants in Higher Education: http://www.teaglefoundation.
Kapiolani CC Strategic Plan Score Card Update — how are we doing?
OFIE Director Dr. Robert Franco provided an update to the KCC ohana – faculty, staff and students – on how the campus is doing with its Strategic Plan goals. On Strategic Plan Scorecard 2012, six of the targets the College did not hit were in developmental writing, reading, and math. On Strategic Plan Scorecard 2013, the College hit or exceeded five of these targets, and closed the gap on the sixth. Overall the College hit 30 of 40 targets delineated in this most recent Scorecard. Be sure to visit OFIE’s Strategic Planning page for full details on the College’s progress.
2012-2013 Executive Administration Assessment
Chancellor Leon Richards and the administrative staff released the 2012 – 2013 Executive Administration Assessment (updated July 26, 2013), a policy document which tracks the College’s success in meeting its 2008 – 2015 Strategic Plan goals. Overall the College hit 30 of 40 targets delineated in this most recent planning cycle. Be sure to visit OFIE’s Strategic Planning page for full details on the College’s progress.
The Accreditation External Evaluation Report and Action Letter are now available for viewing by Kapiolani CC faculty, staff and students. Please visit the links below for further information.
Eval Report :: http://www.kcc.hawaii.edu/object/2013eval_report
Action Letter :: http://www.kcc.hawaii.edu/object/action_letter
Kudos: Bob Franco named Visiting Scientist by SENCER
OFIE Director Dr. Robert Franco has been named as a Visiting Scientist by SENCER’s National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. The appointment will take place throughout the spring 2013 semester, and will feature Dr. Franco’s strategic synergies with the Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact, as well as Hawaii EPSCoR to develop a grade 6 to college sophomore STEM pipeline.
Professor Lisa Kobuke Awarded Diversity Grant
Congratulations to Japanese Professor Lisa Kobuke for being awarded a grant through the Diversity and Equity Initiative Award. The grant valued at $1,000 will support the newly established Japanese Tea Ceremony and Culture Club activities at Kapiolani CC, including the demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony. Professor Kobuke’s endeavors support diversity awareness on campus and will help support the College’s mission to provide a vibrant, international experience for students.
Students interested in joining the Japanese Tea Ceremony and Culture Club are encouraged to attend the next event “Experience Japanese Culture through a Bowl of Tea”, which will be held during the 25th Annual International Festival on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the cafeteria from 12:00-1:30pm. Current members of the club will perform the tea ceremony and serve participants a bowl of tea.
NEH Grant Awarded to Kelli Nakamura and Brian Cassity
History professors Dr. Kelli Nakamura and Brian Cassity were selected as one of only twelve teams across the U.S. to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project. Nakamura and Cassidy will represent Kapiolani CC at annual seminars and year-round activities online to create and revise U.S. history courses. Drawing upon best practices from expert historians and community college administrators from around the country, Nakamura and Cassidy will greatly improve the quality of history instruction at Kapiolani CC.
One of the exiting and unique aspects of this program is that it focuses on how Atlantic and Pacific rim scholarship has changed how we study United States history. Participants will study Pacific and Atlantic Rim histories with leading historians in Southern California and Washington, DC, respectively.
Please join us in congratulating Professors Nakamura and Cassity for their noteworthy achievement!
Kudos: Second Language Teaching Highlighed by NACCTEP
The Service-Learning Program was selected as a model of success by the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs. Shawn Ford, Assistant Professor and Second Language Teaching Program Coordinator was successful in submitting the concept paper which was selected for the following highlight:
The Second Language Teaching (SLT) Program at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) provides specialized education for current Hawai‘i state Department of Education (DOE) professionals and students who are interested in becoming English as a Second Language (ESL) and other second language tutors, teaching assistants, and – with additional education – teachers, both locally and abroad. Students have unique certificate and degree options, depending on their career goals and previous experiences.
Kudos: Judi Kirkpatrick and Ulla Hasager
OFIE would like to recognize the engaged scholarship by community college faculty Judith Kirkpatrick and Ulla Hasager, which is now being featured in their article entitled “Partnerships for Learning and Community at Palolo Valley Homes” published in the latest edition of the AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy journal. The article details the authentic and successful partnership that Kapiolani Community College and its Service-Learning Program has maintained with Palolo Valley Homes since 1995. The article chronicles the evolution of the Palolo community with Kapiolani CC and public schools in the neighborhood, and provides a snapshot of the phenomenal gains made in core academic subjects. The Palolo partnership is truly exemplary of the wonders civic engagement that community colleges can do for their next door neighbors.
Developmental Education Webpage Launched on OFIE web
OFIE in collaboration with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Mona Lee is proud to announce the Developmental Education section of the OFIE website. This page contains data tables and other information that will guide faculty, administrators and staff in the decision making process concerning developmental education.