Policy update: MOU’s and Contracts

Brian Pactol of the University of Hawaii Community Colleges Office of Research, Training, Auxilary Enterprises & Campus Safety held a training session on understanding university agreements and contracts today.  OFIE will continue to work with individual faculty and administrators to contact the Office of Research Services if the agreements involve extramural funding.  For all other agreements without legally binding terms and conditions, or funding, please be sure to inform the Chancellor before entering into any agreement.  Specific information on campus designated authorities and sample templates, please review the UHCC P8.102A on Affiliation Agreements, Sponsored Class, and Sheltered Class Memoranda of Agreements.

Linda Fujikawa Awarded Honda International Grant

Professor Linda Fujikawa was awarded a Honda International Opportunities Fund Grant through the University of Hawaii System for her project entitled “International Cafe Advancement and Leadership Development.”  The grant will provide student leadership awards to International Cafe volunteers for their contributions to the student group and community partners, and provide honoraria for guest speakers to provide leadership development opportunities.  The project will also involve a series of events through 2013, including the International Ambassadors of Aloha Project, International Children’s Story Project, and the International Festival and Honolulu Festival Project.  OFIE applauds Professor Fujikawa’s continued commitment to international education and Service-Learning through her International Cafe program.  She continues to exemplify our campus motto to “Strive for the Highest” as a leader and recipient of numerous grant awards.  Bravo!

Kapi’olani Service Learning (KSL) Receives $75,000 in New Grants

The college’s nationally recorgnized Service Learning program received two new grants for AY 2012-13 worth a combined value of $75,000.

The Hawaii NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research awarded nearly $50,000 to staff the Palolo Discovery Science Center and to support four KCC student assistants at Palolo Elementary and the Palolo Learning Center, as well as conference travel and materials and supplies.

Hawaii-Pacific Islands Campus Compact awarded KSL $25,000 to support STEM enrichment activities with local schools and non-profit organizations. Further these funds will support: a “Sustainability and Service-Learning Institute,” Learning Outcomes Assessment Institutes in April and July, and a “Building a Community of Change Agents” Retreat.

KCC Kupuna Education Center receives $20,000 for Online Curriculum Development

For the past 2 years, the Kupuna Education Center under the directorship of Cullen Hayashida has been working on the creation of continuing education courses for direct care paraprofessionals working serving elders in home settings to improve the quality of care. Initial funding of $275,000 was from the Hawaii Community Foundation, In its new phase beginning October 2012, the Center is working to convert its course materials into an online format and to market its training statewide. Funding for this latter phase that just began is from the Aloha Care Health Plan ($10,000) and the HMSA Foundation ($10,000).

Online continuing education is already available on a limited basis via its website for a fee.

Program Learning Reports now available

The Student Learning Outcomes page was recently updated to contain the program learning reports.  The PLR’s are in draft form and will migrate into their respective ARPD – Annual Reports of Program Data in upcoming weeks.  In spring 2013, Comprehensive Program Reviews (CPR) will identify strategies to improve student learning in the Tactical Action Planning section of the CPR.

Accreditation Workshops

The Accredition site visit is almost here, so please join OFIE Director and Accreditation Liaison Officer Dr. Robert Franco for an information session to better understand the importance of the College’s Self Evaluation of Educational Quality and Institutional Effectiveness.

“Growing Your Accreditation Knowledge” workshops will provide opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the upcoming site visit. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the workshops and represent their departments.

Be sure to visit the OFIE website’s Accreditation Section for the latest updates on the site visit.  All events are posted to the OFIE Website Google Calendar.

Cannot attend?  Please contact OFIE if you wish to schedule a meeting with Dr. Franco.