UH Hilo partners with community colleges in Degree Pathways programs

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Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo has begun work with the community colleges in the UH System to design Degree Pathways Partnership programs.

Faculty from UH Hilo's College of Business and Economics and Kapiolani Community College's Business Education program have created a Degree Pathway for KapCC students to work toward a Bachelor of Business Administration at UH Hilo. Faculty in Marine Science, English and Sociology have also created pathways from the KapCC Associate of Arts Degree to the Bachelor of Arts at UH Hilo.

Pathways include a defined set of courses KapCC students can take that will count toward a bachelor's degree at UH Hilo. In addition, eligible community college students who opt for the Degree Pathways program can be accepted to UH Hilo's program while still at KapCC. Advantages include advising from both KapCC and UH Hilo faculty to keep students on track. And when students transfer to UH Hilo, they will be classified as continuing students eligible for early registration.

UH Hilo is also collaborating with Hawai`i Community College on ways to share resources to provide better opportunities for students. Initiatives are underway in Administration of Justice, Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychology and Mathematics.

Geology faculty at UH Hilo and Windward Community College are also designing a Degree Pathway. In addition, UH Hilo's College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management is working with Hawai`i and Maui Community Colleges to improve course coordination so students will be able to transfer more credits from the community colleges toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.

For more information on the Degree Pathways program, please call (808) 974-7707.

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