Aloha and welcome to the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE). OUE was established in 2006 to improve the undergraduate student's experience to a timely progression to a degree. There are over 20 different initiatives (listed below with an explanation of each initiative). Six new initiatives are being developed, each designed to continue improving your undergraduate experience.
The central theme of OUE is "active engagement." We are tasked to create programs and initiatives to challenge students to engage in their academic experience from their first day on campus. If successful, active engagement will lead to "partnerships" between students and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). If these partnerships mature and flourish, "stewardship" or a long term commitment to UHM will become apparent. Students will grasp their full responsibility to UHM and to the next generation of students.
OUE has instituted these initiatives with focus and design. The consistent theme of engagement is to find student activities that contribute to their own student success. One of the first initiatives was the development of an accurate, interactive degree audit system called STAR. Originally developed at UHM, it is now being used by all 10 UH system campuses. STAR is central in our course pressure points work, a method of re-directing resources and prediction based on years of previous course usage, and having the necessary sections in place for the first two years of required courses.
The identification and assignment of exploratory or undeclared students into one central advising office, the Mānoa Advising Center (MAC) followed. From MAC, came the development of an active learning community initiative for first year students called the First Year Program (about 35% of all incoming freshmen participate in this program). In 2008, a new academic policy of mandatory advising for all students in their first two years at UHM was instituted (students with majors are assigned to college faculty advisors to assist with their major and complete their degree requirements). Four-year academic plans were developed for all bachelor's degrees on the UHM campus as a part of our "Do-it-in-4!" campaign, along with a registration project that allows incoming students to have their entire class schedule a week before the start of school. We are engaged in a challenging Honors Program and support undergraduate research. Our Mānoa Transfer Coordination Center (MTCC) opened doors for transfer students with a newer Ka‘ie‘ie program that complements our auto admit program and reverse transfer initiatives. Based on the recommendation of three subcommittees, our attention has shifted to degree completion; identifying reasons why students may get off to a slow start, not find the resources to assist their academic success, and why they drop out of UHM (some in their final year) and do not return.
On behalf of my entire staff, the chairs and directors of all our OUE programs, we are here to partner with you on your journey to your degree. We welcome you to your new home, and invite you to take full advantage of each and every opportunity to make your UHM experience a life-changing experience. We hope you will find your journey exciting and rewarding.
Ronald E. Cambra
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education
Office of the Vice Chancelor for Academic Affairs