Bachelor of Business Administration in West Hawaii

 

Distance Learning Program

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Contact: Business Department Chair Kelly Burke, (808) 932-7248.

Degree Level: Bachelor's degree

Enrollments Fall 2012-Present: Students enroll in two distance-delivered BBA courses per semester. In Fall 2012, two students enrolled in these courses; two in Spring 2013; and 2 in Fall 2013.

Brief History of the DNP as a DL Program:The BBA in West Hawai'i was developed in response to requests by members of the West Hawai'i community. No market study was done, but the population and economic growth of West Hawai'i over the past ten years, including the increase in jobs where a business degree was desirable, seemed to justify this outreach program. The offsite BBA was approved by WASC on December 2, 2011.

Platforms for Delivery: Students in West Hawai'i participate in class lectures and discussions via PolyCom and have access to course materials and their professors via email and Laulima, the UH system's adaptation of the Sakai learning management system. In addition, Hilo faculty visit the West Hawai'i facility four times per semester to meet with students.

Integration of Program Students into the Life/Culture of UH Hilo: West Hawai'i students are full participants in live lectures and discussions delivered by PolyCom. They are welcome to all student events on the Hilo campus and are eligible for membership in the College of Business and Economics' student associations.

Campus Support for Instructional Technology: UH Hilo's Office of Campus Technology provides a full range of technological services to support programs, as well as faculty workshops during the academic year. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs offers online and one-on-one faculty training in online course development and delivery. The Distance Learning Advisory Committee, comprised of faculty, one IT staff, and the campus DL Coordinator, is charged with examining and recommending "institutional policies and practices for supporting the design, development, implementation and evaluation of distance learning program and course offerings with a focus upon quality and connection to the mission of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo."

The University's Strategic Plan 2011-2015 includes priority actions 3.2 "Upgrade the university’s technology infrastructure including computer laboratories and classrooms, wireless broadband across all areas of the campus, and new technologies to better support student learning, teaching effectiveness, and research"; and 4.5 "Improve higher education access, outreach and support for non-traditional and underserved populations through, but not limited to, select, high-quality distance learning programs island-wide and beyond...."

Student Services and Library Services Available to Program Students: The Division of Student Affairs offers online and on-campus students a full range of services; all offices are accessible by phone and email, and all offices have information-rich webpages. The Mo'okini Library provides both face-to-face and online assistance to students in use of both print and digital resources.

Faculty Participation in Curriculum Development, Teaching, and Assessment: The courses in the BBA West Hawai'i program are regularly offered courses of the on-campus BBA and are developed, taught, and assessed by on-campus fulltime faculty.

Comparability of Online and Face-to-Face Courses: The courses in the BBA West Hawai'i program are regularly offered courses of the on-campus BBA and are developed, taught, and assessed by on-campus fulltime faculty.

Retention and Graduation Rates: Retention and graduation rates will be monitored and reported regularly as part of overall program assessment.

Program Assessment: Learning Outcomes, Curriculum Map, Assessment Plan, Assessment Results: The Business Administration degree program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. It has in place a fully developed assessment system.

Contracts, Memoranda of Agreement with External Organizations: The BBA in West Hawai'i uses the facilities of University of Hawai'i's University Center in Kealakekua, HI, one of the system's University Centers mandated to enable students on all islands to access distance-delivered programs. No MOA is required for this relationship. In addition, the College of Business and Economics is party to a Pathways agreement with Hawaii community colleges that smooths the way for Hawai'i community college students to enter the BBA program.