March was a busy month as expected. We had a very successful
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reaccredidation
visit. Congratulations to faculty, staff, students, and administrators
for demonstrating Hawai‘i Pacific University’s
capacity to ensure student’s learning and that we are
planning for our future through collaboration among all HPU
April, likewise, is a very busy month. We just completed
a highly successful Honors Banquet where numerous awards
were bestowed on University students for their outstanding
academic performance and service to the school and community.
The Honors Banquet is one of the few occasions outside of
our graduation ceremonies where the entire University community
comes together to celebrate individual and group accomplishments.
Many of the honorees at the banquet attend HPU classes as
part of our Military Campus programs. We have over 2500 active-duty
military service members, their families, and Department
of Defense civilians who attend evening and weekend classes
on seven O‘ahu military installations. I am proud that
Hawai‘i Pacific University since the 1970s has been
advocating the flexibility needed to improve the access to
and availability of our educational programs for this group
of busy men and women. This year is a particularly trying
time for our Military Campus Programs students as many of
them are deployed or will deploy from O‘ahu to support
the country’s war on terrorism in Afghanistan or to
assist in the reconstruction of Iraq. Many military family
members who attend our classes both on the military bases
and the main campuses have returned to the mainland since
their spouses will be deployed for up to a year.
We have responded to the increased need to provide our quality
education to our military students wherever they are stationed
in the world. In coordination with Options College, Military
Campus Programs has significantly expanded its online course
offerings. Of the over 200 courses offered each military
campus programs term, over 50 courses are now provided via
the distance-learning alternative. Through this delivery
method Hawai‘i Pacific University is rapidly becoming
a truly global university.
I salute the men and women in uniform, and their family
members, who dedicate their lives to a profession that
freedom that we all too often take for granted.