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Accreditation Steering Committee

The UH Hilo Accreditation Steering Committee coordinates and oversees the institution's self-review for reaffirmation of accreditation by our accrediting commission, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and the preparation and content of the 2013 graduation and retention report and the institutional report to the Commission, submitted in Fall 2013.

Members of the steering committee include:

  • Seri Luangphinith, Chair of the Committee; Accreditation Liaison Officer, Professor of English, Chair of the Humanities Division
  • Donald Straney, Chancellor
  • Matthew Platz, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Marcia Sakai, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
  • Gail Makuakane-Lundin, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Susan Brown, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Keiki Kawai╩╗ae╩╗a, Director, Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani
  • Kim Furumo, Chair, UH Hilo Faculty Congress and Professor of Marine Science
  • Michael Bitter, Chair, Congress General Education Committee and Professor of Political Science
  • Mitchell Anderson, Chair, Congress Assessment Committee
  • Kelli Okumura, Institutional Research Officer
  • Paula Zeszotarski, Assessment Coordinator, College of Pharmacy
  • Kurt Delacruz, Interim Assistant Director, Student Advising Initiative
  • Cathy Zenz Travis, University Registrar
  • Karla Hayashi, Interim Director of Kilohana Academic Success Center
  • Thora Abarca, Head of Public Services, Mookini Library


WASC Rubrics for Evaluating Institutional Progress