Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

College of the Marshall Island and UH Hilo Political Science

Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Between the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and College of the Marshall Islands

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UH Hilo), and the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) (collectively, the “Parties”) agree to cooperate on Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, based on the principle of reciprocity.

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) serves to clarify expectations of each campus to facilitate the successful transfer of students in the Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal at CMI to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science at UH Hilo. The goals of this partnership are to: (1) use resources at both institutions more efficiently and effectively to focus on transfer issues; (2) establish shared program responsibilities for student recruitment, academic advising and support to make the process of moving from one campus to the next as seamless as possible; and (3) expand student options for college success and curriculum by expanding on-campus services from CMI and UH Hilo.

1. Students who graduate from CMI with the articulated AA degree in Liberal Arts will be covered under the terms of this agreement. CMI students transferring to UH Hilo without graduating with the articulated AA degree in Liberal Arts may be required to complete additional coursework for the BA degree at UH Hilo.

2. Requirements for the AA degree and BA degree are provided below (appendices I-IV). These documents form the basis of this agreement; subsequent changes to the curricular requirements of either program may require revisions to this agreement. Changes in elective courses are not considered modifications.

3. Under the terms of this MOU, UH Hilo will do the following:

  • a. Identify a UH Hilo faculty member(s) who will serve as the faculty advisor to students in the Political Science program.

4. Under the terms of this MOU, CMI will do the following:

  • a. Identify a student advocate at CMI who will partner with a UH Hilo advisor to ensure timely and accurate advising information on pre-admission, admission, degree requirements, and related matters.
  • b. Identify (an) CMI faculty member(s) who will serve as the faculty advisor to students in the Liberal Arts program and consult with UH Hilo admissions and advising personnel when necessary.

5. Under the terms of this MOU, both Parties will do the following:

  • a. Representatives from CMI within the AA program, and UH Hilo’s Political Science BA program should meet annually to discuss the program and any potential or planned curricular changes.
  • b. Coordinate events for CMI students to learn more about the UH Hilo Political Science BA program.
  • c. Make efforts to find financial sources for carrying out the agreed activities on each campus.
  • d. Inform the other Party in a timely manner of identified advisors at the beginning of each Academic Year, and communicate any curriculum or other pertinent types of changes to advisors during the course of the Academic Year.
  • e. Inform the other Party in a timely manner of changes in campus, Department, or Program leadership and point of contact.

6. Nothing shall diminish the full autonomy of either institution, nor will any constraints or financial obligations be imposed by either upon the other in carrying out the MOU.

**7. This MOU is in effect for five years and is subject to revision or modification by mutual written agreement. It is also understood that either institution may terminate the MOU at any time by giving written notice at least 6 (six) months in advance to the other Party to minimize impact on students completing their degrees. This MOU shall take effect from the date of the latest signature below. **

**8. Any notice or request given or made by one Party to the other under this MOU shall be in writing and shall be addressed to the appropriate office as is designated in writing hereinafter: **

University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

Kris Roney
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Division of Academic Affairs

200 W. Kawili Street Hilo, HI 96720

808-932-7332
vcaa@hawaii.edu

College of the Marshall Islands

Elizabeth Switaj
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

P.O.Box 1258 Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands 96960

692-625-3394 ext. 223
eswitaj@cmi.edu

**IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this MOU to be executed by their duly authorized representatives. Each Party shall hold one original signed MOU, with both documents being equally authentic. **

**For University of Hawai‘i at Hilo **


Bonnie D. Irwin
Chancellor
Date:_________


Kris Roney
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Date:_________


Michael Bitter
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Date:_________


Bryan Kim
Social Sciences Division Chair, College of Arts and Sciences
Date:_________


Su-Mi Lee
Department Chair, Political Science Date:_________

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this MOU to be executed by their duly authorized representatives. Each Party shall hold one original signed MOU, with both documents being equally authentic.

For College of the Marshall Islands


Irene Taafaki

President
Date:_________


Elizabeth K. Switaj

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Date:_________

College of the Marshall Islands and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo 2+2 Map for 2023-2024 Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science

This is a sample academic plan for students entering on the 2023-2024 catalog. Students should meet with an academic advisor prior to registration to formulate their own plan. Please see the UH Hilo Catalog for more course information.

Year 1: CMI Fall Semester

Course Credit
CMI101 3
ENG 111 4
ENG 105 3
Math 3
ICS 101 3
Credits 16

Year 1: CMI Spring Semester

Course Credit
ENG 112 4
Math 3
Humanities 3
Social Issues (PI 122- GE HPP UH Hilo) 3
Elective POL 101 UH Hilo: POLS 100 (Foundation) 3
Credits 16

Year 2: CMI Fall Semester

Course Credit
Literature 3
Science with Lab 4
Humanities 3
Social Issues 3
Elective: POL 290 UH Hilo: POLS 251 (Comparative Pol I) 3
Credits 16

Year 2: CMI Spring Semester

Course Credit
ENG 220 3
Science 4
Elective SS 188 UH Hilo: POLS 101 (American Pol I) 3
Elective 3
CJ 210 (POLS: Public Law I) 3
Credits 13

Year 3: UH Hilo Fall Semester

Course Credit
POLS 380 WI 3
POLS: Political Theory I 3
POLS: Comparative Politics II Upper 3
Upper Elective 3
Elective 3
Credits 15

Year 3: UH Hilo Spring Semester

Course Credit
POLS: American Politics II Upper 3
POLS Public Law I 3
POLS: International Relations I 3
Upper Elective 3
Upper Elective 3
Credits 15

Year 4: UH Hilo Fall Semester

Course Credit
POLS: Public Law II Upper 3
POLS 400 Level 3
POLS: International Relations II Upper 3
WI Upper Elective 3
Upper Elective 3
Credits 15

Year 4: UH Hilo Spring Semester

Course Credit
POLS: Political Theory II Upper 3
POLS 400 Level 3
GE GCC 3
Upper Elective 3
Upper Elective 3
Credits 15
Total Credits 121