Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences Fall 2016 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Fall 2016

With the new UHCC system policy that all students must take their math and English in the first year, the divisions responsible for those classes have increased their course offerings to meet the demand, in particular those classes associated with the acceleration initiative

This fall Language Arts has offered 30 ENG 22/100 courses and 14 ENG 24 classes for those that place two or more levels below.  For the Non-STEM math track there will be 11 Math 78/100 and 2 Math 78/115 courses as well as 27 Math 75 classes for students that place two or more levels below.  For the STEM math track, there will be 6 Math 88/103 courses and 21 Math 82 courses for students who place two or more levels below.  

During the summer, discussions took place between representatives from the Waipahu Community School for Adults and our faculty and staff on how incoming students to Leeward who place multiple levels below college level math and English may find a low cost alternative at the Adult Basic Education classes at Waipahu, Kapolei, Waiʻanae, and Wahiawa High Schools.   After successfully completing Adult Basic Education classes, students will be prepared to enter Leeward at college-level or one-level below.  For more information contact, Nicole Keim-Fortuno, Developmental English Counselor at 455-0432 or

Since last academic year there has been a 79% increase in ASNS degrees awarded-- from 38 graduates last year to 68.  The ASNS majors have also increased from 470 to 537 during that same period.   Congratulations to Math & Sciences faculty, the ASNS Program Counselor Heather Takamatsu, the ASNS Coordinator Brad Ashburn, and to the ASNS’s first coordinator Michael Reese.

At the request of Waipahu High School (WHS), the Early College Team in partnership with the Math and Science Division developed a curriculum for WHS freshman in all 4 of our ASNS tracks, which will allow students to earn an ASNS degree by the end of their senior year.  The provisos being that all students must have completed their High School Geometry class and must qualify for ENG 100 and Math 103 by the start of their 10th grade year.   Science courses with labs in the 11th and 12th grade summers will be taken at the Leeward CC campus and all senior year courses must be taken at the Leeward CC campus via Running Start.

Related to this initiative, Gear Up supported a two-week STEM Summer Camp for 16 students from July 18-29 at WHS to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) oriented career paths--including but not limited to engineering, medicine, software development, data analysis, and scientific research.  Our new Engineering instructor John Hirano designed the camp and used guest speakers, field trips, and projects to expose the students to the different possibilities in the STEM career fields.  

Photo of Waipahu High School STEM Summer Camp participants
John Hirano and his Waipahu High School STEM Summer Camp students with their peer mentors

Another photo of STEM camp participants
STEM Summer Camp at Waipahu High School

From the AAT program, the SPED/Inclusive Certificate of Competence has enrolled 181 students to meet the needs of AAT students transferring to the dual certification at UH Mānoa, Para Educators who desire additional coursework with special education and inclusion, and as professional development for in-service teachers.  The Alternative Certification for CTE Licensure program received national accreditation through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) for 5 years and by spring 2016, 32 candidates completed the Alternative Certification program and all have been employed by the HIDOE in middle and secondary CTE classrooms state-wide.  27 applicants are expected for Fall 2016. 

Since 2014 the AA Program Review Task Force, composed of members from the Arts & Sciences divisions and the OPPA have engaged in creating a thorough assessment model (1) reviewing and revising three of the degree general learning outcomes and developing rubrics to measure each outcome; (2) norming the rubrics to ensure reliability and validity; (3) collecting student samples from participating faculty to represent the three learning outcomes (written communication, critical thinking, and cultural diversity); and (4) scoring approximately 175 student samples.  The results have been entered into Tk20, the college's assessment database, and will be triangulated against course level assessment results, student surveys, and focus group results.  The AA Program Review Coordinator Eunice Leung Brekke has compiled the results and will report to Faculty Senate for dialogue and feedback.  A sincere thank you to the faculty who shared student samples and a special thank you to the members of the task force: Luʻukia Archer, Jayne Bopp, Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, James Fujita, Leah Gazan, Jeff Judd, Michael Lane, Bruce Lindquist, Guy Nishimoto, Blanca Polo, Susan Waldman, and Susan Wood

Musical performances this past year included the Leeward Coast Guitars directed by Peter Frary on April 24th ( ), 13 original lullabies by the Leeward Hawaiian Ensemble directed by John Signor on April 5th, and the Leeward College Choir directed by Sharon Myung on May 6th.

Leeward Coast Guitars performing
Peter Frary and the Leeward Coast Guitars in concert

Before the theater was closed for renovation, Betty Burdick directed A Dark and Stormy Knight, a Monty Pythonesque horror comedy.  Ashley DeMoville directed a children’s show, Merry Men, a twisted look at Robin Hood with Maid Marion as the hero, with children from the community bussed in to see the show.  Ashley also directed an intense Richard III.  This fall, Betty will be directing Tartuffe by Moliere in AM-101.

Performance image from a Theatre production


Renovation of the Theatre green room

A mural was created by Mike Harada and his students in the theater’s green room

From the Office of International Programs, the English Language Institute (ELI) welcomed new students from Vietnam, Japan, Dominican Republic, Panama, Korea, and China this past Spring.  The college also had the largest number of international graduates at one time, with 11 graduating with AA degrees this past May.

In February, 250 people attended the first 'World at Leeward' international festival that showcased the food, crafts, and music from many of the countries that Leeward international students come from. A number of students went on Study Abroad tours to Japan, Korea, and Australia in the Summer and the first study abroad trip to the Philippines was undertaken by Raymund Liongson.  For this Fall English Language Institute ELI will be welcoming about 30 new students and many of them will be participating in the International Education Week this coming November.

A new student organization supporting Pacific Island students is being formed this Fall called "Pacific Island Mixed Plate Student Organization."  Its goal is to promote academic excellence, build community, foster social responsibility, and celebrate the wonderful mix of cultures in Hawaii.  Every Friday their club will sponsor a study group that will include speakers on various topics.  The club will be recruiting speakers from the campus and community.   If you are interested in being a speaker or want more information about their group, please contact Pauline Filemoni at or at 455-0505.  Club meetings and other events information will also be posted to the Leeward calendar.

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 Brad Ashburn, Bobbie Martel, Eunice Brekke, Tracie Kuʻuipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Katherine Fujioka-Imai, Ann Berner, 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