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Aloha from President Wright
with Chatt G. Wright

Learning is what we do at HPU. It’s the reason for our existence. Learning is our product, our process, and our passion.Through coursework, research, experimentation, and human interaction, students are expected to add to their individual archives of knowledge and to constantly question their understanding of what those facts and figures mean. The same is true for organizations.

HPU is a learning community—an organization—that has become good at changing the way that it does things as a consequence of acquiring, sharing, and transferring knowledge without sacrificing its reason for being. Some examples of this include:

· A historic merger with the Oceanic Institute that will dramatically add classroom and research opportunities for students;

· The opening of the Sea Warrior Center as a gathering place for students and faculty;

· Entire degree programs offered online to better serve working students, those who do not live on O‘ahu, and those who must travel frequently;

· Online registration and other services for the convenience of students;

· Flexible ways to finish a degree program (e.g. accelerated and cohort-based programs); and

· The creation of the Frear Technology Center, which not only change what we teach, but how we teach it.

The College of Professional Studies has a number of upcoming initiatives that should join this list of successful events. By January, students will be able complete a number of graduate certificates, with courses online for Knowledge Management, Organizational Change and Development, and National Community Change and Development.

In February, we will start a special accelerated cohort-based offering of the M.S. in Information Systems degree. Designed for individuals working in the information systems profession, the program will feature two courses per semester for six, special, 10-week terms. Working with some of the best professionals in Hawai‘i, MSISP students will finish an advanced Masters of Science degree in less than 18 months.

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