Standard 1. Defining Institutional Purposes and Ensuring Educational Objectives

The institution defines its purposes and establishes educational objectives aligned with those purposes. The institution has a clear and explicit sense of its essential values and character, its distinctive elements, its place in both the higher education community and society and its contribution to the public good. It functions with integrity, transparency, and autonomy.

Criteria for Review (CFR) under WSCUC

Note: Guidelines are in parentheses following definitions for each CFR, evidence for each CFR are listed as bullet points.

1.1     The institution’s formally approved statements of purpose are appropriate for an institution of higher education and clearly define its essential values and character and ways in which it contributes to the public good. (The institution has a published mission statement that clearly describes its purposes. The institution’s purposes fall within recognized academic areas and/or disciplines.)

One learns from many sources.


The purpose of our university ʻohana (family) is to challenge students to reach their highest level of academic achievement by inspiring learning, discovery and creativity inside and outside the classroom. Our kuleana (responsibility) is to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific region and the world.


E lawe i ke aʻo a mālama, a e ʻoi mau ka naʻauao.

Those who take their learnings and apply them increase their knowledge.


We will be acclaimed as a university community that works together across disciplines and diverse perspectives to prepare student scholars to thrive, compete, innovate and lead in their professional and personal lives. We will engage every student in applied learning that links theory with practice, connects to the distinctive natural and cultural environments of Hawaiʻi, and promotes skilled participation in a global society.

1.1  Mission Statement
1.2  Student Achievement Data
1.3  Academic Freedom Student, Academic Freedom Faculty Article IX 
1.4  Diversity and Inclusion Policies
1.5  BOR Statement
1.6  Student Information and Disclosure, Student Conduct Code
1.7  Institution’s commitment to integrity and transparency
1.8  Communications with WASC