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As part of the Hawai'i Graduation Initiative, the University of Hawai'i is leading the state's participation in Complete College America, a national effort to significantly increase the number of Americans with a college degree or credential.

UH Vice President John Morton serves on a leadership team that will advance the Complete College America agenda and to coordinate related initiatives at the community colleges, including:

  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), a project to develop policies for awarding credits for prior learning.
  • Achieving the Dream, a system-wide initiative that focuses on increasing degrees and certificates awarded to Native Hawaiian students.
  • Redesign of math and English programs to move students faster through the gatekeeper courses.
  • Dual Credit Articulation Programs of Student (DCAPS), a program that enables high school students who enroll at the community colleges to receive college credits for mastery of standards/student learning outcomes gained in courses taken at the high school.
  • Provide Placement Test Preparation classes to ensure that students are placed in the appropriate math and English courses.
  • Identifying and changing polices that will break down the barriers that impede students' timely progress toward a certificate or degree.
  • Increasing Pell grant financial aid awards
  • Performance-based Funding (graduation, transfer, Pell, STEM and Native Hawaiian), to effectively change people's behaviors to support student's timely progress toward a certificate or degree.
  • Near-degree Returning Students Project to reach out and encourage former students to complete their certificate and degree.