Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences - Fall 2015 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Fall 2015

During the spring and part of the summer, I served as the acting VCAA while Mike Pecsok was on leave. In addition to taking on the PI role on a number of our campus’ grant activities, day-to-day operations, and system-wide meetings, I was invited to attend the Complete College America “Corequisite at Scale Institute” in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 12.

With the new Vice-President for Academic Affairs Risa Dickson, Vice-President for Community Colleges John Morton, Sr. Executive for International and Strategic Initiatives Joanne Taira, and Kapi‘olani Community College's VCAA Louise Pagotto, we heard faculty and administrators from a number of colleges speak about the incredible results of a pilot project on improving student success in English and math developmental education. In that pilot, students who normally would have been placed in a variety of levels of remedial/developmental courses before being able to take the college level “gateway” course such as English 100 or Math 100, did significantly better once they were placed in that gateway course with a co-requisite DevEd course. Participating faculty were the greatest champions; some doubting that it would work at all and amazed that it was more than doubling the success rates of those students in their gateway courses.

Chart of completion of Gateway Math by ACT Sub-score


Chart of Completion of Gateway English by ACT sub-score

Then in the middle of June a number of UHCC Vice-Chancellors of Academic Affairs and Student Services, Registrars, Financial Aid Officers, Institutional Researchers and faculty from the math and English disciplines met for system-wide meetings at Windward Community College to discuss the "Corequisite" model of remediation. The initial recommendations from those meetings were further refined by a working group of math and English discipline faculty from all of the campuses. Thanks to the progress that we have made in DevEd English and math over the years, the extraordinary leadership in both areas, and commitment by their faculty, our campus is very well prepared to adopt this co-requisite model of remediation.

Along those lines, the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) will expand to 21 sections in the Fall. To support the expansion of the program, a number of ALP faculty under the leadership of Lani Uyeno, participated in the Pacific Region Learning Summit workshop on Open Educational Resources and will offer English 100 and 22 ALP as “zero cost textbook” courses. Meredith Lee and her English 24 faculty continues to serve students placed two levels below college writing and adapted from that model, Michelle Igarashi contextualized that course into an ENG 98 (now ENG 24C) for CTE students. Based on available data from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015, 100% of the students who took the ENG 98A passed the CTE ENG 100.

The math discipline continues its implementation of the co-requisite model with MATH 100 and MATH 100C, and expands its offering to MATH 115 for the first time. Developmental Math Coordinator Jenny Watada, MATH 100 Lead Instructor Andrea Wichman, and MATH 103 Lead Instructor Donnabelle Pascual developed and are offering those courses. Plans are currently in the works to expand the co-requisite model to MATH 103 in Fall 2016.

Math & Sciences Division Chair Jennie Thompson and Math Coordinator Eric Matsuoka will be presenting a poster session on “Flexible Acceleration Models” at the American Association of Two Year Colleges Annual Meeting November 19-22, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Leeward CC math faculty began new terms as Pacific Islands Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges officers. Instructor Jonathan Brown (President-Elect), Professor Donnabelle Pascual (Secretary), and Associate Professor Jenny Watada (Treasurer) were elected to their new offices at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

With 374 ASNS majors in the pipeline, this past Spring Commencement saw 39 ASNS graduates which were comprised of 26 Pre-Engineering students, 8 Life Science students, 3 Physical Science students, and 2 Pre-Computer Science students. STEM Counselor Heather Takamatsu and Native Hawaiian STEM Specialist Hannah Aldridge are planning “SepSTEMber” a month long focus on STEM which will showcase Leeward students who participated in undergraduate research this summer, various professionals in the field, and transfer workshops to STEM programs at other UH system colleges. In addition, the LRC will have their Science Success Workshop and there will be a few STEM based Student Success workshops.

This summer the Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (ʻIKE) program saw an increase in the number of Leeward students attending the Summer Engineering Experiences (SEE); an increase from 8 to 10 incoming Leeward students in SEE 1 at KCC, from 9 to 12 students in SEE 2 at Maui, and from 6 to 9 SEE 3 students to UHM. In the final year of this grant, with 31 total Leeward SEE participants, Leeward sent the most students of all the UHCC campuses to the Summer Engineering Experiences. This Summer’s ʻIKE also sponsored 3 Summer Engineering Undergraduate Research Experiences (URE) here at Pearl City campus with faculty advisors Catherine Walker, Bryson Padasdao, and Jennifer McFatridge who worked with 23 URE student participants

Group photo with remote-controlled model

Unmanned Service Vessel for Shallow Water Bathymetry
URE students with Catherine Walker at Kuhiawaho Farm


To enhance the opportunity for our students to study STEM courses within a placed-based and indigenous cultural context, the coordinators of Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa Aulii Silva and ASNS Coordinator Michael Reese wrote a successful supplemental grant to launch a new position for off-site conservation undergraduate research from the National Science Foundation. That resulted in nearly $100,000 in helping us take science instruction and research to area wetlands, mountains, and cultural sites.

The Hawaiian Studies faculty are now located in the newly renovated Hālau ʻIke o Puʻuloa (DA building, 1st floor). The move is the latest step in creating a collaborative and culturally appropriate space for instruction and student support programs. In its third year, the Associates in Arts in Hawaiian Studies has grown to 52 majors and awarded 10 degrees. 89% of the majors and 81% of graduates are Native Hawaiian.

Working with the other 7 participating colleges on a joint application, the Hawaiian Studies program will be applying for permanent status for the Associates in Arts in Hawaiian Studies degree this Fall. Since its creation in 2012, the AAHS Coordinators' Group has aligned the core required degree courses and met with the University's baccalaureate institutions to work on successfully transferring graduates into their desired majors.

Faculty from Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, and our Native Hawaiian STEM Specialist attended a volunteer service trip to the Mt. Kaʻala forest reserve with the Oʻahu Army Natural Resources Program, where they removed invasive species and re-planted species native to the forest while collaborating on Hawaiian science and other related curricula.

Group photo at Mt. Kaʻala Forest Reserve

Faculty and Staff at the Mt. Kaʻala Forest Reserve

The Hawaiian Studies and support faculty and staff ended AY 2015 with a new class of Ke Ala ʻIke graduates. "Papa Koʻoloaula," named for the nearly extinct, yet revived native species which thrived in the ʻEwa plain, earned their "Leeward blue" kīhei this past May. Degrees earned by the Scholars included the Associate in Science degrees in Natural Sciences and in Career and Technical fields and Associate in Arts degrees in Liberal Arts, Hawaiian Studies , and Teaching.

Group photo of Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars

Ke Ala ʻIke Scholars Papa Koʻoloaula Class of 2015


Finally, to learn more indigenous best practices and capacity strategies, the staff from the Waiʻanae campus and the Hālau attended the Native American Student Advocacy Institute in June and returned with a wealth of plans to build Leeward’s capacity to serve native students. The trip included site visits to the Washington State University and University of Idaho’s Native American Student Center.

From the Arts & Humanities Division, the Leeward Coast Guitars, under the direction of Peter Kun Frary, performed a concert on April 26 and will be offering another performance in late November. Links to the performances can be found at:

Last Spring, the Literature and Theatre disciplines worked on an impressive production of Titus Andronicus as part of the Semester of Shakespeare. Despite the theatre renovations, Ashley DeMoville will be presenting Frangipani Perfume by Makerita Urale in the lab theatre in September, as their yearly fundraiser; a story about three Polynesian island sisters displaced to New Zealand. In November Betty Burdick will be directing another Kemuel DeMoville comedy, A Dark and Stormy Knight, a spoof of the classic mystery story, taking place in an old mansion in Scotland with a cast of 30.

Photo from Scenes from Titus Andronicus performance

Another scene from Titus Andronicus performance

Scenes from Spring 2015’s Titus Andronicus<


This past Spring the Office of International Programs successfully completed the 18-month American Council on Education Internationalization Laboratory and in the summer, 13 Leeward students participated in study abroad programs in France, Japan, China, and Korea; 3 of them receiving Honda or Gilman Scholarships. In the Fall, a large group from Aichi University will be visiting for one month in August, with students living in homestays (some with Leeward faculty members). Also in the Fall, around 30 new international students will be entering the English Language Institute and credit classes from Saudi Arabia, Spain, Brazil, China, Vietnam, Jamaica, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Taiwan, and Croatia.

As we enter the Fall 2015 semester, I would like to thank all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kay Caldwell, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Michael Reese, Bobbie Martel, Eunice Brekke, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Katherine Fujioka-Imai, Ann Berner, Laurie Kuribayashi, Steve Jacques, and all the other faculty and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

To all the faculty and staff, have a great semester!

James Goodman