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OFIE to conduct CCSSE in spring 2014

The Office for Institutional Effectiveness Institutional Research staff requests your assistance with the annual CCSSE Survey – Community College Survey of Student Engagement.  Faculty whose classes were selected to participate will receive an email from OFIE with further instructions on how to participate.  Please visit our CCSSE page if you have questions about the results from our previous studies.  

Registration Open for ORS Grant and Contract Certification Program

The University of Hawaii Office of Research Services is offering its semi-annual Grant and Contract Certification Program for Spring 2014.  This certification program is designed for research and non-research sponsored program administrators and support staff.  Interested participants are encouraged to register by Friday, February 28th online at the ORS website Education & Training section.



Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Stimulating Moral, Ethical, and Civic Engagement for Learning that Lasts

Dr. Robert Franco and Lyvier Conss were Project Leaders for the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE).  The CCNCCE was awarded $270,000 as a follow-up to its work under an earlier Teagle planning grant.  This grant will support Kapi’olani Community College and a number of partner institutions, in a number of ways.

Click here for more information on the Teagle Foundation Grants in Higher Education: http://www.teaglefoundation.org/Grantmaking/Grantees/default/?gg=1126&rfp=1004&o=0#1126

Kapiolani CC Strategic Plan Score Card Update — how are we doing?

OFIE Director Dr. Robert Franco provided an update to the KCC ohana – faculty, staff and students – on how the campus is doing with its Strategic Plan goals.  On Strategic Plan Scorecard 2012, six of the targets the College did not hit were in developmental writing, reading, and math. On Strategic Plan Scorecard 2013, the College hit or exceeded five of these targets, and closed the gap on the sixth. Overall the College hit 30 of 40 targets delineated in this most recent Scorecard.  Be sure to visit OFIE’s Strategic Planning page for full details on the College’s progress.  

2012-2013 Executive Administration Assessment

Chancellor Leon Richards and the administrative staff released the 2012 – 2013 Executive Administration Assessment (updated July 26, 2013), a policy document which tracks the College’s success in meeting its 2008 – 2015 Strategic Plan goals.  Overall the College hit 30 of 40 targets delineated in this most recent planning cycle.  Be sure to visit OFIE’s Strategic Planning page for full details on the College’s progress.  

KCC Advantage – Convocation Speech

Accreditation Update

The Accreditation External Evaluation Report and Action Letter are now available for viewing by Kapiolani CC faculty, staff and students.  Please visit the links below for further information.

Eval Report :: http://www.kcc.hawaii.edu/object/2013eval_report

Action Letter :: http://www.kcc.hawaii.edu/object/action_letter

Kudos: Bob Franco named Visiting Scientist by SENCER

OFIE Director Dr. Robert Franco has been named as a Visiting Scientist by SENCER’s National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.  The appointment will take place throughout the spring 2013 semester, and will feature Dr. Franco’s strategic synergies with the Hawaii Pacific Islands Campus Compact, as well as Hawaii EPSCoR to develop a grade 6 to college sophomore STEM pipeline.

Professor Lisa Kobuke Awarded Diversity Grant

Congratulations to Japanese Professor Lisa Kobuke for being awarded a grant through the Diversity and Equity Initiative Award.  The grant valued at $1,000 will support the newly established Japanese Tea Ceremony and Culture Club activities at Kapiolani CC, including the demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony.  Professor Kobuke’s endeavors support diversity awareness on campus and will help support the College’s mission to provide a vibrant, international experience for students.  

Students interested in joining the Japanese Tea Ceremony and Culture Club are encouraged to attend the next event “Experience Japanese Culture through a Bowl of Tea”, which will be held during the 25th Annual International Festival on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the cafeteria from 12:00-1:30pm.  Current members of the club will perform the tea ceremony and serve participants a bowl of tea.  


NEH Grant Awarded to Kelli Nakamura and Brian Cassity

History professors Dr. Kelli Nakamura and Brian Cassity were selected as one of only twelve teams across the U.S. to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Project. Nakamura and Cassidy will represent Kapiolani CC at annual seminars and year-round activities online to create and revise U.S. history courses. Drawing upon best practices from expert historians and community college administrators from around the country, Nakamura and Cassidy will greatly improve the quality of history instruction at Kapiolani CC.

One of the exiting and unique aspects of this program is that it focuses on how Atlantic and Pacific rim scholarship has changed how we study United States history. Participants will study Pacific and Atlantic Rim histories with leading historians in Southern California and Washington, DC, respectively.

Please join us in congratulating Professors Nakamura and Cassity for their noteworthy achievement!


Kudos: Second Language Teaching Highlighed by NACCTEP

The Service-Learning Program was selected as a model of success by the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs.  Shawn Ford, Assistant Professor and Second Language Teaching Program Coordinator was successful in submitting the concept paper which was selected for the following highlight:

The Second Language Teaching (SLT) Program at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) provides specialized education for current Hawai‘i state Department of Education (DOE) professionals and students who are interested in becoming English as a Second Language (ESL) and other second language tutors, teaching assistants, and – with additional education – teachers, both locally and abroad. Students have unique certificate and degree options, depending on their career goals and previous experiences.


Kudos: Judi Kirkpatrick and Ulla Hasager

OFIE would like to recognize the engaged scholarship by community college faculty Judith Kirkpatrick and Ulla Hasager, which is now being featured in their article entitled “Partnerships for Learning and Community at Palolo Valley Homes” published in the latest edition of the AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy journal.  The article details the authentic and successful partnership that Kapiolani Community College and its Service-Learning Program has maintained with Palolo Valley Homes since 1995.  The article chronicles the evolution of the Palolo community with Kapiolani CC and public schools in the neighborhood, and provides a snapshot of the phenomenal gains made in core academic subjects.  The Palolo partnership is truly exemplary of the wonders civic engagement that community colleges can do for their next door neighbors.


Developmental Education Webpage Launched on OFIE web

OFIE in collaboration with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Mona Lee is proud to announce the Developmental Education section of the OFIE website.  This page contains data tables and other information that will guide faculty, administrators and staff in the decision making process concerning developmental education.

Click here to visit the Developmental Education web page