Video: Honolulu Community College put on warning by accreditation team
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Honolulu Community College has been placed on warning accreditation status by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the only of the University of Hawaii's ten campuses to get such a warning.
The accrediting panel gave the 4,400-student campus the warning after an evaluation visit to the Kalihi school last fall.
"The first things a lot of people said, 'Oh my God, is my diploma going to be worth the paper it's written on?' That was a big concern," said Kaleo Gagne, HCC's student body president.
Gagne praised HCC Chancellor Erika Lacro for holding town meetings with students to explain what the warning meant.
"We remain accredited while we are on warning, and so their financial aid doesn't change," Lacro told Hawaii News Now. "Nothing for the students changes. We just internally need to refocus ourselves on the issues our team found, which is a good thing because our institution will be a better place after that."
More than 100 HCC faculty members teach courses online and that's where the accreditation panel leveled its most serious criticism.
"The college should compare the instructional quality of face-to-face and distance education courses and develop a strategic plan for distance education," the accrediting panel wrote.
HCC History Professor Patrick Patterson teaches about 30 students online this semester.
He said the college is documenting how students in online courses are getting the same services, including tutoring and financial aid, as students in more traditional face-to-face classes.
"We are now in the process of building up this assessment system so we can prove that our courses are as good as we say they are," Patterson said.
The college has now put together a distance education strategic plan as well as a survey of all the services online students receive, including financial aid, tutoring, counseling.
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