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Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Fall 2012 Convocation Remarks

Convocation Remarks, Fall 2012
James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

The big news from Spring 2012 is that the Board of Regents approved a provisional Associate in Arts in Hawaiian Studies (AA-HS) for all community colleges in May.  Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch was the campus representative to the system and worked with Momi Kamahele and faculty from Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, and the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa to develop Leeward's AA in Hawaiian Studies. 

Over the past three semesters, I have been working with the Arts & Sciences Division Chairs, the Interim Director of the Office of Planning, Policy, and Assessment Della Anderson, the Faculty Senate Program Review Chair Eunice Brekke, and the Faculty Senate Chair Paul Lococo to create a more comprehensive and broad-based Associate in Arts program review process that measures the quality of that degree program in a number of ways.  With the concept that the value of any degree is really the product of the quality and variety of the courses that students take within that degree, we decided to focus on the 20 classes that were most enrolled in by students who earned an AA degree over a five year period.  In the Spring we met with the discipline coordinators of those 20 courses and their respective division chairs and division assessment coordinators to start the conversation on the importance their courses in the assessment of the AA degree, how their stated SLO’s align with the general education outcomes, efficient measures for course assessment, and reporting data.  With that knowledge, the discipline coordinators of the “Top 20” have agreed to serve on a newly formed AA Program Review standing committee, which will start meeting in Fall 2012.

The Associate in Science in Natural Sciences (AS-NS) degree program with pathways in Biological Science, Physical Science, and Engineering began during the Spring 2012 and students and Math-Science faculty were introduced to the degree with Success Quotient (SQ) workshops, class visits, and counseling appointments.  About 50 students changed their major or registered as AS-NS students during this first semester of the program.  Incoming students are being advised by the Counseling Department on appropriate degree choices, including the AS-NS degree.  Talks continue with the UH Mānoa Engineering Department to allow direct transfer and admission after completion of the Engineering Pathway of our AS-NS degree. 

The Information and Computer Science (ICS) program’s faculty restructured their AS degree for Fall 2012 in order to ease student transfer to UH Mānoa and to serve industry needs.  The program offers new specializations in Mobile Development (developing apps for different platforms), Information Security (safeguarding digital information), Software Development (for pursuing a BS or BA degree in ICS), and revitalized the Networking Support specialty to include the basics of networking security.  The AS Program core has also changed to include an Ethics course in order to better round out our students’ education.  The ICS program also added a CA in ICS for Fall 2012 for those students who want to go straight into industry after one year of coursework.  The ICS program has also been working closely with the military and is expecting around 100 more military students in spring and fall 2012.  William Albritton and Petersen Gross passed the SY0-301 CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam on April 6, 2012. This important credential in computer security helps the ICS faculty to offer new classes in the high-demand field of computer security to our students.  Our first security student passed his security+ certification on May 1st, 2012.

Since 2009, UHM’s Native Hawaiian Science and Engineering Mentorship Program has been supporting STEM peer mentors in the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa and AY 2011- 2012, a total of 10 Native Hawaiian pre-engineering students who placed at Math 205 or higher served as STEM Peer Mentors, providing free tutoring in math and sciences to students in the Hālau.  Out of those students, 5 students were sent to Maui PEEC (Pre-Engineering Education Collaboratives) Summer program and 1 stayed on Oahu and participated on-line. 

STEM peer mentors working with students in the Hālau ‘Ike o Pu‘uloa


Of the STEM mentors picture above, those who went to the Summer Engineering Experience on Maui were the fourth one from the left, Trevor Kaʻimikaua, the fifth, Bronson Dodder, and the sixth, Jason Campbell.



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