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by Kalamalama staff

 

HPU, which has been fully accredited and was one of the first schools to apply for renewal of its accreditation under new WASC rules and procedures, was awarded full accreditation in good standing for 10 years, which is the longest period of accreditation WASC can grant.

In a letter to the HPU community, President Wright commended the University’s faculty and staff, “whose dedication and commitment,” he wrote, “made it possible for HPU to achieve this important milestone in the school’s history as it approaches its 40th anniversary.”

The WASC Commission praised the University for its progress over the last several years, noting especially the significant development shown in its planning, governance, and decision-making processes. In addition to numerous commendations, the Commission recommended that HPU continue striving to improve in these areas, as well as in areas of faculty and staff workload.

During the 10-year accreditation period, the University is required to submit only one interim report.
As one of the first educational institutions to be evaluated under the new set of accreditation criteria, according to Dr. Nancy Hedlund, HPU’s associate vice president of Planning and Assessment, HPU faculty and staff broke new ground. “The vision of the new WASC standards for educational effectiveness,” Hedlund said, “reflects heightened national interest in increasing the visibility of the ways in which we assure quality and demonstrate accountability for student learning.”

Hedlund, who led HPU’s accreditation planning activities, guided all the college and program coordinators in their program reviews, and wrote the final report that lead to this successful outcome, was singled out for praise by President Wright, along with Dr. John Fleckles, vice president for Academic Administration and HPU’s liaison to WASC.

“ We are extremely proud of the leadership that both Dr. Hedlund and Dr. Fleckles demonstrated throughout the reaccreditation process,” said Wright. He also lauded the many achievements of HPU’s staff and faculty in the important arenas of student learning, institutional effectiveness, and the encouragement of students to develop individual commitments to global citizenship.

The WASC commission recommendation of a 10-year accreditation period is an appropriate achievement for HPU’s celebration of its 40th anniversary on Sept. 17, according to Hedlund. The University plans to acknowledge its anniversary with a series of events scheduled on its downtown and Hawai‘i Loa campuses to showcase its commitment to excellence. Planned activities include a staff-faculty, strategic-planning workshop, a University picnic on the Hawai‘i Loa campus, and a birthday party on Fort Street Mall, including a 40-foot birthday cake, on Sept. 17, coinciding with fall semester Club Carnival.

 

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