Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences Spring 2017 Convocation Remarks

James Goodman, Dean of Arts & Sciences

Convocation Remarks for Spring 2017

College entryway

Starting this semester, these notes will be presented in a new concise format.  Here goes:

  • The ASNS degree was approved for permanent status by the BOR’s Committee on Academic and Student Affairs on December 15th and will forwarded to the full board in January for final approval.
  • This past fall, DevEd math started offering two math tracks to accelerate students into college level math courses: College Algebra (STEM) track and College Math (non-STEM) track.
    • Success rates for the College Algebra track: MATH 82 was 56% and co-req courses MATH 88 with MATH 103 was 75%.
    • Of the nearly 415 students enrolled in MATH 75 (two levels below college level), 26% of them completed all of the requirements in both MATH 75 and MATH 100. 
    • Success rates for the College Math track: MATH 75 was 82% and co-req courses MATH 78 with MATH 100 or MATH 115 was 70%.
  • DevEd Englishcompleted their first semester of the UHCC Acceleration Initiative aiming to move 75% of students placing one-step below college level out of ENG 100 in one semester and 70% of those placing two-steps below in one year. This plan came with new placement measures including Accuplacer, which succeeds Compass.
    • The P-20 UH/DOE joint committee is finalizing curriculum planning for a 12th grade transition course to help students who are college bound yet struggling in 11th grade English. In December, P-20 hosted the English Language Arts Literacy Summit that brought together faculty and administrators from both secondary and higher education to discuss challenges, successes, and alignment. 
    • The 4th Annual CTE English Colloquium has expanded into the CTE English and Math Colloquium.  It will be held on April 7th at HCC. This year, the plenary speaker will be Jon M. Kerr who pioneered Washington State’s I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program. For more information, please contact Michelle Igarashi at .

English photo collage

  • The Teacher Education program welcomed over 100 Teacher Academy students and their advisors from Campbell H.S, Kapolei H.S, Farrington H.S and Waipahu H.S. to a fun filled morning on December 16th to celebrate the 10th Teacher Academy Day at Leeward CC.

Teach education group

  • So far, more than 200 students have received scholarships and have completed or in the process of completing the Special Education (SPED)/Inclusive Certificate of Competence.
    • The Council of Chief Academic Officers approved an Advanced Professional Certificate in SPED Mild/Moderate PK-12 as an independent certificate leading to SPED teacher licensure for those with a bachelor-level degree and as a means to transfer to the 4th year of a Teacher Education Program for those with an associate-level degree. Courses will be offered at the 300-level beginning Fall 2017.
    • An MOA is currently being developed for a 3+1 degree with Chaminade for SPED Mild/Moderate.
  • Five candidates completed the Alternative Certification (Alt. Cert.) program and were recommended for a CTE Teacher license issued by Hawai`i Teacher Standards Board.
    • To date, 37 candidates statewide are now licensed and employed in the DOE.
    • The core courses for the Alt. Cert. program will be offered at the 300 level beginning Fall 2017.
  • The Office of International Programs (OIP) and the Student Activities Board are presenting the 2nd Annual World at Leeward Festival in March 2017 with food samples from 30 countries, musical and dance performances from around the world, and interactive country tables.  They are recruiting faculty and staff to join the show as performers, so for more information email Pauline Filemoni at
  • This coming summer there will be a Study Abroad program in French language and culture to Montreal, Canada; other study abroad programs are planned for the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and China.
  • With the Leeward CC Theatre under renovations, the “new” theatre will be in AM-101

    Theatre group performing

    • In the Spring, Theatre 260 will be producing Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors for our “Semester of Shakespeare” project with the Literature Department.
    • Ashley DeMoville and the Theatre discipline will be producing a directing project for students, using the play Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill, to be performed in May; Ashley is also directing a Children’s show to be performed at Plantation Village and at schools in our community called “Plantation Plays.”
  • Leeward Coast Guitars Spring concert is set for April 23, 2017, 4:00 pm in AM-101.  Their video track from fall can be seen at .

Leeward Cost Guitars group photo

Thank you to all of the Arts & Sciences division chairs Kathryn Fujioka-Imai, Jennie Thompson, Jim West, and Wes Teraoka, and the program coordinators Brad Ashburn, Bobbie Martel, Eunice Leung Brekke, Tracie Ku‘uipo Losch, Blanca Polo, Aulii Silva, Eric Matsuoka, Jenny Watada, Michelle Igarashi, Jennifer Wharton, Steve Jacques, and all the faculty, lecturers, and staff for their great work and commitment to student success.

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

James Goodman