I would personally like to welcome you to the University of Hawai'i Community Colleges (UHCC) Student Task Force on Succeeding in College. You are a member of an inaugural group of community college students appointed by the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents in July 2013 to serve a one-semester term. This task force was established to address the issue of college completion. Because the Board wants an "insider" perspective, all members of the task force are students currently enrolled at one of the UHCC's seven community colleges as either part-time or full-time students.
The term “completion gap” has become a buzzword in academe. In the coming months, you will learn more about this monumental educational crisis and ensuing reform efforts, and then you will propose your own recommendations as to how students can best succeed in and graduate from college. Your role on the task force includes being a researcher, a writer, and even an educational reformist. These roles may be unfamiliar to you at first and may push you to think and act in new ways, but the regents and I are hopeful that the challenge of solving problems that are “near and dear” to you will more than make up for the difficulties you may encounter. The Board of Regents, and specifically its Committee on Community Colleges, sought students who are adaptable, creative problem solvers and independent learners. In addition, the board sought students who can work well with people and work successfully in groups.
About the Task Force
About Your Responsibilities
Given the large size of the task force—approximately 80 people—each member of the task force will be assigned to a specific working group consisting of approximately 4 people, with each group focusing on a particular educational issue pertaining to college completion. The Board of Regents expects you to make the task force a priority by contributing to your group and getting deliverables done efficiently and effectively.
About the Faculty Liaison
It is important that you stay in close contact with me. As you and the members in your working group complete tasks, you are encouraged to seek feedback from me so that you can produce the highest quality work. As your faculty liaison, I will communicate with you primarily through memoranda on the task force’s website, emails to your UH email account, and online group meetings via Blackboard Collaborate. When emails are sent, I will assume that you have read them.
About the Student Task Force’s
welcome to the Student Task Force on Succeeding in College. Please feel free to contact me to explore
ideas, ask questions, or share concerns.
I look forward to having you become a valued member of the task force
and a “mover and shaker” at the college and in your community.