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The UH community colleges continue to seek alternative resources such as Title III of the federal Higher Education Act to strengthen academic programs and services that help students succeed in college. The Title III program helps eligible institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income or minority students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions. The community colleges have a special designation as Native Hawaiian-serving institutions, and therefore are eligible to receive Title III grants to strengthen programs that promote and support student success.

Below is a quick overview of the Title III programs currently being implemented at the various campuses.

Hawai'i Community College

Hālauloa II ($500,000, June 2010-Aug 2011) – A congressionally directed grant for supportive services and classroom courses to prepare students, who are unprepared for post-secondary education. Activities include the hiring of more academic tutors and academic assistants for the Hawai'i Life Styles program, and expanding culturally enriched activities that contribute to student success.

Cooperative Grant ($3.2 million, 2010-2015) – A joint venture with UH Hilo to promote transfer of Native Hawaiian students between the two institutions. The grant, called Hālaulani, includes supporting activities that will improve persistence and graduation rates, as well as programs that bridge teaching and learning communities to develop degree pathways.

Development Grant ($3.7 million, 2010-2015) – Called Kulukuluua, this grant supports the development of academic programs to improve course completion rates or develop support programs that are designed to increase completion rates. Activities include developing themed learning communities, strengthening the Hawai'i Life Styles academics, bridging the community and the College.

Renovation Grant ($2.6 million, 2010-2012) – Called the Waihonua Renovation Grant, this grant provides needed space and technology to support Hawai'i Community College's expanding initiatives to bridge communities and to support student success. Grant activities include the renovation the Waihonua Media Lab and the Ha'akumalae Office of Transformation, and developing iha'akum.alae for Learner Success.

Honolulu Community College

Strengthening Institutions Development Grant ($2.4 million, 2006-2011) – A grant focused on the development of academic programs and student services to improve success rates of students. Activities included the establishment of the Music and Entertainment Learning Experience (MELE) program, which offers an Associate in Science degree in Music Business or Audio Engineering. With a 2008 Title III renovation grant and a generous donation from the Mike Curb Foundation, a new MELE Studio was competed in 2010. The grant also funded the establishment of the Kuhololoa Center for Ocean Exploration, which provides coursework in Hawaiian voyaging and seamanship; a digital archive of primary source materials of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the First Year Experience and Learning Communities program, which provides first-year Native Hawaiian students with a full range of student support services and cohort-based learning experiences geared toward student success.

Kapi'olani Community College

Kaua'i Community College (no Title III grants)

Leeward Community College

Strengthening Student and Institutional Engagement Grant ($500,000, 2007-2012) – A grant to increase retention and persistence rates of Native Hawaiian students specifically on students in developmental education, and primarily focusing on developmental math. This included redesigning developmental math curriculum; installation of 3 math labs to support the Emporium model that was implemented purchasing 50 wireless laptops for the Wai'anae campus; strengthening tutor support both face-to-face and through online tutoring using Smarthinking; implementing intrusive counseling strategies; and providing professional development to faculty who teach at the Wai'anae campus.

Maui College

Development Grant ($4 million, 2010-2015) – Called the "Increase Native Hawaiian Success at UH Maui College" grant, it will promote educational success, and specifically to increase retention and persistence rates of Native Hawaiian students in developmental math and English courses. This includes providing peer and online tutoring using web-based software, redesigning developmental math curriculum, offering peer mentoring in a new culturally-based Student Success Center, implementing First Year Experience and Second Year Experience programs, as well as establishing an Associate in Arts degree with a specialization in Hawaiian Studies.

Windward Community College

Collaboration Grant ($4.5 million, 2010-2015) – A joint venture between UH Manoa and Windward CC to improve the transfer and success rates of students. It includes outreach centers for classes in Waimanalo and Kahuku, as well as expanding distance-learning opportunities.

Strengthening Student and Institutional Engagement Grant ($4 million, 2010-2015) – A grant to increase Windward CC Pell Grant recipients and increase the diversity and number of support programs. This includes the establishment of a "one-stop" center where students can receive tutoring, counseling, and financial aid services.

Construction Grant ($4 million, 2010-2015) – A construction grant to renovate Hale A'o, the Hawaiian Studies building, and expand Hawaiian Studies curriculum.

Title III Coordinators

Hawai'i Community College - Kekuhi Keali'ikanaka'oleohailililani, kekuhi@hawaii.edu
Honolulu Community College - Kama Wong, jkwong@hawaii.edu
Kapi'olani Community College - Esben Borsting, borsting@hawaii.edu
Kaua'i Community College - No Title III Grant
Leeward Community College - Laurie Lawrence, lauriejl@hawaii.edu
Maui College - Benjamin Guerrero, bg@hawaii.edu
Windward Community College - Kai Noa, lilly@hawaii.edu
UH West O'ahu - Margy Ledward, mledward@hawaii.edu
UH Mānoa - Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright, ewright@hawaii.edu
UH Hilo - Gail Makuakane-Lundin, gailml@hawaii.edu