Hawai'i Graduation Initiative

Hawaii Graduation Initiative

The Hawai'i Graduation Initiative, announced by President M.R.C. Greenwood in her inaugural address to the State Legislature in February 2010, commits the University to increasing the number of graduates by 25% by the year 2015. Aligning with President Barack Obama's goal of bringing the United States back to number one in the world in higher education degree attainment for its citizens, the Hawai'i Graduation Initiative recognizes that future jobs and the economy in Hawai'i and the world will require education beyond high school.

Community colleges are a critical component in attaining this higher level of degree attainment. The goal can only be reached if more high school students choose to attend and succeed in college; and if more working adults, who never had access to or availed themselves of higher education, return to college to earn a degree. Community colleges are a natural first step for both of these groups of students.

Increasing the number of graduates requires not only getting people to enroll in college but also improving the success of those students through to graduation. The Hawai'i Graduation Initiative is focused on all aspects of this pipeline—better preparation of students for college, better success in developmental education courses for those students who need them, better policies and support for students to ensure their retention and timely progress toward the degree, and smoother transitions for those students who are moving from community colleges toward baccalaureate degrees.

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