Kaua‘i community college

With Eligibility Requirements

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With Eligibility Requirements

Kaua‘i Community College affirms that it continues to meet each of the eligibility requirements set by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Statement of Assurance
We hereby certify that Kaua‘i Community College continues to meet the eligibility requirements for accreditation.

_________________________________________ ________________________

Peggy T. Cha Date

Chancellor, Kaua‘i Community College

_________________________________________ ________________________

Dr. John Morton Date

Interim Vice President for Community Colleges

University of Hawai‘i

_________________________________________ ________________________

Dr. David McClain Date

President, University of Hawai‘i

_________________________________________ ________________________

Kitty Lagareta Date

Chairperson, Board of Regents

University of Hawai‘i

Certification of Continued Compliance With Eligibility Requirements

  1. Authority

The UH Community Colleges were established by the state legislature in 1964 through Act 39, as an integral part of the University of Hawai‘i System. Kaua‘i Community College began in 1926 as Kalaheo Vocational School. In 1965, it became Kaua‘i Community College and, under Act 39, became part of the University of Hawai‘i System, governed by the Board of Regents.

  1. Mission

The most recent revision of the mission of Kaua‘i Community College was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i System at their March meeting in 2003. The mission statement defines our commitment to student learning and is reflected in the Student Learning Outcomes adopted by the college as part of its strategic planning process. Our mission defines us as an open access, post secondary institution providing education and training services in academic, career and vocational areas primarily to the Kaua‘i community.

  1. Governing Board

The 12 members of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai’i System are appointed by the Governor of Hawai’i. The By-laws of the board state, “The primary duty of the board is first to determine and set forth the objectives of the University, and second, to provide the means, in the form of adequate budget, personnel and material, to achieve these objectives. In determining the objectives of the University, the assistance of the faculty will be sought and obtained through proper channels.”

Members of the board are chosen to represent the various constituencies and geographic areas served by the University of Hawai’i System. A five-member standing committee is charged specifically with responsibility for overseeing community college affairs. These regents include the regents from Kaua‘i, Maui, Hawai’i and two regents from O‘ahu.
Article X of the By-laws, Conflicts of Interest, outlines standards of conduct and fiduciary responsibility of the members, to ensure fair and objective decision making.

  1. Chief Executive Officer

The chancellor of the college is appointed by the board and has full-time responsibility and authority for the day-to-day management of the institution and implementation of board policies. Neither the president of the UH System nor any chancellor of an individual campus within the system may serve on the Board of Regents.

  1. Administrative Capacity

The college is organized into five units, each headed by a managerial level administrator who reports to the chancellor. These units include Instruction, Student Services, the University Center and Academic Support, Office of Continuing Education and Training and Administrative Services. All management personnel meet minimum qualifications as set by Board of Regents policy and have adequate staffing to perform day-to-day operations. All staff meet minimum qualifications as determined by the appropriate classification, e.g., state civil service.

  1. Operational Status

Kaua‘i Community College is fully operational and has served an average of over one thousand students in each year since our last accreditation self study. The majority of these students have been and are pursuing a certificate or degree.

  1. Degrees

All of the college’s credit offerings are either required courses, distribution requirements or elective courses for one or another of the degree or certificate programs offered in ten different areas. In Fall 2004, 46.3 percent of students had declared a major in the Liberal Arts transfer AA degree program and 31.6 percent had declared a major in one of our career technical programs. The remaining students are unclassified students or special status students such as high school students taking courses under Early Admit or Running Start programs. Many unclassified students are residents taking advantage of cultural offerings for personal development, such as our performance music courses, ceramics or art.

  1. Educational Programs

The college currently offers ten two-year degree programs, all in fields which are congruent to our mission, including a transfer-oriented Associate in Arts degree and career and technical degrees in Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Electronics, Automotive Technology, Autobody Repair and Painting, Accounting, Office Administration and Technology (newly renamed Business Technology), Culinary Arts, and Hospitality and Tourism Services. All programs are based on recognized higher education fields of study, are articulated across the UHCC System and, in the case of transfer degrees, articulated with four-year institutions both in the state and on the mainland US. All programs have identified Student Learning Outcomes, which are also aligned with campus-wide, general education learning outcomes.

  1. Academic Credit

The college grants credits based on accepted practices in higher education and in compliance with Board of Regents policy. The college follows a semester calendar, in concert with the other campuses in the UHCC System.

  1. Student Learning and Achievement

Student achievement expectations for each graduate are spelled out in the catalog description of graduation requirements and are on the student advising sheets, used by counselors and faculty when working with students on their progress toward an educational goal.

Campus-wide Student Learning Outcomes for general education have been identified and are published in the college catalog. All programs have identified and defined Student Learning Outcomes on the program level, which align with these campus-wide SLOs. The Curriculum Action Form adopted in 2004 requires each course to clearly identify SLOs, align them with program SLOs and indicate what assessment methods will be used to evaluate student learning.

  1. General Education

The college’s statement on the value of general education is published in the catalog. “QUOTE” Campus-wide Student Learning Outcomes, incorporated into all degree programs include Communication, Cognition, Information Competency, Social Responsibility and Personal Responsibility.

  1. Academic Freedom

BOR policy and the contract between the BOR and the faculty union, University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly, state a commitment to academic freedom. “Quote contract”

  1. Faculty

Full-time faculty make up the vast majority of Kaua‘i Community College’s instructional staff. All faculty meet a set of minimum qualifications set by UHCC System agreement among all campus chief academic officers and chancellors, in accordance with board policy. The Board of Regents policy of faculty classification clearly states that the development and review of curriculum and assessment of student learning are primary responsibilities of faculty. (Exhibit : BOR Policy 9-2(3) Community College Classification Plan and Compensation Policy)


  1. Student Services

Appropriate student services are made available to all students. Academic advising, career counseling, financial aid, and services for students with special needs are available through the Student Services unit. Academic support services such as tutoring, focus group labs, peer assistant tutors are available through the Learning Center and the College Success Center. Night and weekend hours are also scheduled as needed. Online information is available including schedule and class availability and catalog information.

  1. Admissions

The college adheres to an open door policy, emphasizing access. Any student 18 years or older, or a high school graduate is eligible for admissions. In addition, special programs allow for high school students to take a limited number of courses on an Early Admit basis. Hawai‘i also has a Running Start program, which provides for both high school and college credit to be earned for certain, articulated college courses. A placement test, COMPASS, is used to properly place students in appropriate academic levels. Individual programs may have specific pre-requisites to assure that students pursuing a particular degree, e.g., nursing, are adequately prepared for the demands of the program.

  1. Information and Learning Resources

The college provides adequate information and learning resources. Students have access to a fully equipped and staffed library, computer labs, wireless access in most buildings on campus to the campus’ high speed Internet connection, and Distance Learning facilities including the UH System interactive television system.

  1. Financial Resources

The college’s financial base is made up of primarily state general funds and tuition and special fees charged to students. Approximately 88 percent of the budget is made up of appropriated state general funds. The per FTE financial resources, as a percent of our peer group is “DENNIS JONES.” The annual budget plans on a minimum reserve amount equal to 3 percent of our total resources.

  1. Financial Accountability

The University of Hawai‘i's consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with Government Accounting Standards Board ("GASB") principles, which establish standards for external financial reporting for public colleges and universities.  This financial audit is part of the annual A-133 audit required by the federal government. Historically, as part of the University of Hawai‘i System, there has not been a separate audit of the community colleges. However, beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005, the university audit contract has been modified to include a presentation of a combined balance sheet and income statement of the university’s community college system as supplemental information to the university’s consolidated financial statements, including an opinion on such supplemental information in relation to the university’s consolidated financial statements taken as a whole.

  1. Institutional Planning and Evaluation

Kaua‘i Community College has implemented a continuous cycle of planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation focused on our mission and goals and aligned with the UH System strategic plan. All instructional and non-instructional programs undergo a full program review every five years and produce an annual program review update (APRU) in the interval between full reviews. In addition, each instructional program annually updates a rolling multi-year plan of offerings (MYPO) each fall. This scheduling plan is also used as a springboard for reviewing curricular and programmatic changes and their budget, staffing and facilities implications. That analysis becomes part of the program review/APRU action plans, which form the basis of program budget requests. Divisions/Units prioritize the various budget requests for presentation to the College Council and the chancellor. Alignment with mission and strategic goals is one of the criteria used to rate these requests.

  1. Public Information

The college catalog includes all required information. Copies of catalog have been sent with this self study, the catalog is also available online on the college website, kauai.hawaii.edu. Semester schedules are also available online and are widely distributed to the community.

21. Relations With the Accrediting Commission
The college has responded appropriately to all communications from the Commission. The current self study effort is evidence of its continuing commitment to maintaining the standards and policies of good practice embodied in the Commission standards.

Recommendations From the 2000 Self Study
Brief Outline
2000 Self Study: 1-7 Recommendations administered
2002 Interim Report: Addressed 1-7

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