In 1997, the UH Community Colleges completed work on a strategic plan that identified critical issues, established goals, and set the
agenda for our system priorities. This plan, coupled with campus academic development plans, allowed us to focus our limited resources
on our most important tasks. Over the past four years, we have made significant progress in each of the major areas we laid out for critical attention.
Yet, in the time since our last strategic plan was approved by the Board of Regents, significant changes have occurred in our communities, our state, and our country. Changes in our economy, changes in the expectations the community has for us, changes in leadership, and changes in the nature of the opportunities and challenges that confront us. Responding quickly and intelligently to such changes has always been one of our hallmarks; maintaining a clear and focused strategic vision is a central part of our response.
The UH Community Colleges system is one of the leading educational institutions in the Pacific, and intends to continue that path in the 21st Century. With a clear, focused strategy, we can capitalize on the changes spurred by this new information and technology era.
Last year we embarked on an ambitious effort to review, debate, integrate newly identified needs and goals into a pro-active strategy through this Strategic Plan Update: 2002-2010. This effort involved a partnership among students, faculty, and administration to ensure that critical issues were identified, and that a mutual commitment to the accomplishment of shared goals and priorities was established. We will need to revisit this document regularly to ensure our pathway remains true to our mission.
Attention and action from all members of the Community Colleges will be needed in order to implement this strategy—not only to meet the postsecondary goals of our citizenry, but also to provide leadership in helping Hawai'i's people work productively in an increasingly complex world. The attainment of the goals set forth is essential if we are to retain and enhance the quality and credibility of Hawai'i's Community Colleges.
Joyce S. Tsunoda
Senior Vice President, University of Hawai'i and
Chancellor for Community Colleges