with Chatt G. Wright
|I know you’re all familiar with HPU’s
mission to help prepare students to live, work, and learn as
active members of a global society. Each of our degree programs
approaches this mission in a different way, but one thing that
all have in common is a way of looking at HPU as a global solution
A case in point is our College of Liberal Arts, which includes
a wide range of disciplines and programs united in the belief
that a key part of solving global problems is educating world
citizens who read and write effectively, think critically, work
creatively with people of diverse backgrounds, and adapt nimbly
to our changing world.
On the graduate level, HPU introduced its Masters of Education
in Secondary Education in 2005 to address the shortage of teachers
here in Hawai‘i and across the nation. Because recent federal
legislation mandates that teachers be “highly qualified” in
their discipline, HPU’s program was designed to combine
extensive classroom and field experience and work with discipline
experts on the HPU faculty to prepare new teachers who will make
a real difference in classrooms everywhere.
The U.S. Army has turned to our Diplomacy and Military Studies
(DMS) Program for solutions to a very different set of challenges.
Mid-grade officers—majors and captains—enroll in
our MADMS under the Army Civilian Schooling program. They study
with us to broaden their horizons and develop knowledge and intellectual
skills that will make them effective leaders as our military
engages in reconstruction, infrastructure development, and local
security forces training in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Other Liberal Arts degree programs give students opportunities
to use classroom knowledge in real-world situations through practica
and internships. Psychology students, for example, placed in
mental health or human services settings—such as Hale Kipa,
the Institute for Human Services, and the Waikiki Health Center—apply
theory from their classes to clients’ psychological problems.
Students in Justice Administration serve as volunteers in the
State Legislature. While much of their time is devoted to making
arrangements for committee meetings, including activities such
as setting up sound systems or copying bills, they also get higher-profile
assignments. In fact, one HPU student represented a legislator
at a conference on Alzheimer’s disease looking for ways
the Legislature can help victims and their caregivers.
These are just a few of the many ways HPU seeks to solve problems
by educating for global citizenship.
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