This was the typical double-life of Major Nelson
Chang for three years. No parties. No dating.
Then in 2003 Chang graduated from HPU, earning a Master of
Arts-Teaching English as Second Language, while working at
Fort Shafter. He is now working in international affairs for
the U.S. Army in Indonesia, Malaysia, and other Asian countries.
Military students such as Chang and David Hopper, a current
motor vehicle operator supervisor, make sacrifices to accomplish
their academic and life goals. Compared to students who aren’t
in the military, Chang and Hopper often miss class due to their
military duties and commitments and are seldom absent for other
The majority of military students are more serious about their
courses and rarely miss lectures,” said Darrell Ames,
an HPU professor and public relations director at Camp Smith.
He believes military students are generally more mature than
They work harder than any people I know,” said Bradley,
a military veteran who moves with her husband, a Navy petty
officer, from duty station to duty station.
She takes care of their 3-year-old son while pursuing her bachelor’s
degree in business management through HPU online courses.
According to Ralph Gallogly, assistant dean for student affairs
at HPU, “Military duty makes students move around the
world, and the Global War on Terrorism takes students away.”
Online classes make it possible for the military students to
continue taking courses while in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.
Instead of having the military students come down to the campus,
what the Military Campus Program (MCP) does is to bring the
University to them,” Gallogly said. “Military students
know where they want to go in life; the average downtown campus
students are still searching for direction.”
Gallogly used himself as a successful example to encourage
military students. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and received
a master’s degree from HPU, enabling him to make the
transition to civilian life.
It makes a much easier transition from a military career to
a civilian career if they have the degree,” he said.
The military students in the program said that HPU understands
the demanding schedules of working full time, especially in
the case of military personnel, and has a reputation of being
flexible with the students’ other requirements. HPU offers
programs that fit into their working schedule, even allowing
for emergencies that may come up at the last minute.
In order to complete his degrees as soon as possible, Alan
Chang, a commissioned officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, took
courses at the downtown campus, Hickam Air Force Base, and
HPU has the most flexible schedule with many courses available
both on and off base,” Chang said.
He received a bachelor’s degree in May 2002 from HPU
and continues his pursuit of a Master’s degree in Diplomacy
and Military Studies.
Tyleen Andrade, a HPU communication major student who now works
as a civilian at Pearl Harbor, spent 12 years as an aviation
electronics technician in the U.S. Navy. The online courses
made it possible for her to go on temporary assignments and
continue her education.
HPU was one of the only schools that saw the value of technology
outside the traditional classroom environment,” she said.
She realized that the strong leadership skills and technical
background cultivated during her active-duty military career,
combined with her education and degree, would further enhance
her position her as “a triple threat in the civilian
Because of HPU’s commitment to military personnel, MCP
classes have also experienced a tremendous increase in demand.
According to Gallogly, there were roughly 2,600 students registered
in MCP in 2005. And, most MCP students are in the military,
although civilians working for the military are also eligible
to enroll in the program. Gallogly said business administration
and computer science are the most sought after programs. In
supporting the increased demand for MCP classes, HPU has scheduled
them more frequently and conveniently for students.
According to the HPU military class schedule and the MCP students,
the on-base satellite campus classes are usually longer due
to the shorter semester length and more intense pace. For example,
a satellite campus class can last up to four hours instead
of the normal three hour class at the downtown campus. This
can place an additional burden on military students, but in
return, offers them a shorter semester and more opportunities
to take classes year-round.