OFIE Participating in 3 National Studies

The College’s Office for Institutional Effectiveness, in addition to supporting the Accreditation Self Evaluation, is engaged in 3 national studies focused on: 1) STEM Innovation and Integration; 2)HUD Funded University Partnerships; and 3) National Postsecondary Student Aid. OFIE values national research and integrates it into campus planning for improvement. OFIE also contributes to best practice research on student engagement, learning, and achievement.

Shawn Ford Awarded SEED Grant for ELL Summer Writing Workshop

Shawn Ford (Languages, Linguistics and Literature) will be a Diversity and Equity Initiative Award in the amount of $1,350 for his Summer Writing Workshop for English Language Learners (ELL) project.

During the summer of 2012, the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program faculty will provide three-week intensive writing workshops for 45 English language learners (ELL) from partnering high schools, including Farrington, Kaimuki and McKinley high schools.  The target population is sophomores and juniors who need intensive writing instruction, and career and academic advising to prepare for college.

Ford’s project addresses the ethnicity/race area of diversity, and fulfills the outreach & recruitment initiative.

This award is Ford’s second successful application to the University of Hawaii SEED Office grant program.  The first award was in 2008 for a similar project entitled Higher Education Access and Teacher Training for Immigrant Students.

Freeman Foundation to Fund Faculty Institute on Japan

The Japan Studies Association will be conducting a 3-week summer institute on japan for 14 faculty from across the country who wish to learn about Japan but who have little, if any, academic background on Japan.  The program is funded by the Freeman Foundation and goes from May 20-June 9th. It will be held at Hawaii Tokai International College in Honolulu.  Information and application can be found at or contact Dr. Joe Overton, director, Office of International Affairs, ex9832.Deadline for applying is February 20th

Dr. Joseph Overton Awarded Henry Luce Foundation Grant

Dr. Joe Overton, Director of the Office of International Affairs, has been awarded a $200,000 two year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to take six faculty this summer to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to research “The Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia.”  The 6 participants will come from educational institutions which are members of the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies (ARCAS) of which KCC is a founding member.
Participants are not expected to be specialists on either the topic or the 3 Southeast Asian nations. However, they will be expected to infuse the knowledge gained into their courses.

Further information and application can be found at or contact Joe Overton at x9832

The deadline to apply is February 6, 2012.

myGRANT System Goes Live, Now Mandatory

The use of myGRANT will be mandatory for all proposal submissions beginning February 16, 2012. As a reminder, myGRANT is now live and available to principal investigators (PIs) to use for proposal entry. We encourage everyone to start using myGRANT for any proposals with due dates of February 16, 2012 or later.

External press release:

To access myGRANT at, you will need a University of Hawaii (UH) ID and password. If you do not already have one, the individual wishing to access myGRANT must first request a UH ID and password using this page:

OFIE Receives Keck Foundation Funds

Kapiolani has been selected an institutional leader in a “Science and Civic Engagement Western Network” linking colleges and universities in 21 states. These institutions are committed to promoting, supporting, and sustaining college-level science reform. The College will work closely with Santa Clara University’s SENCER Center of Innovation and bring three new campuses and their faculty into this network by January 1, 2014. Hawaii-Pacific Islands Campus Compact currently support “Oceanic EcosySTEM” projects at 16 colleges in Hawaii and the Pacific and these campuses will be invited to join the new Network.