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Fall 2015 | Issue 2
Monday, December 14, 2015
In this issue:
  • Message from the Dean
  • Updates & Policies
  • About Students
  • Friendly Reminders

Aloha Colleagues and Friends of the
Office of Graduate Education

Message from Dean Aune
I hope that the semester has been productive and rewarding.  It is a very busy time for all of us, but we have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to.  As we approach and prepare for the Fall 2015 Commencement, I am looking forward to seeing the graduate students in the arena wearing their regalia, wide smiles, and fragrant lei.  As loved ones are so proud of what their graduate students have accomplished, we as an academic community can share in some of that pride and satisfaction.  Graduate education is an endeavor requiring a great deal of effort and commitment on the part of the students, but also advisors, committee members, faculty, staff, and the support of family and friends.  

Thank you for all that you do to support our graduate students’ successes.  On behalf of the Office of Graduate Education, I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season.
Best Wishes,
Krystyna Aune
Dean of Graduate Education

Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Awards

These awards are used in the recruitment process per BOR Policy Chapter 6-8(c), “special talents and/or unique skills that will make a significant contribution to campus life”. They are awarded through a proposal process to graduate programs that are of high quality, but with little access to external funds to support their students.
Congratulations to these
Awarded Programs for Fall 2016! 
AMST (3) EALL (3) PHIL (3)
ANTH (4) EDEP (3) SLS (1)
ART/ARTH (2) ENG (4) SOC (2)
ASAN (4) MUS (4) SW (2)
COMG (2) PH (2) THEA (3)

Use of 500 Master's Plan B/C Studies Course

Historically, the 500 course was created for use for Master’s Plan B/C work. However, the 500 number is not part of coursework designated as graduate level and is not counted toward any advanced degree under OGE. Additionally, with the increased scrutiny of coursework required for a graduate degree by Financial Aid, we would like to request programs stop using this number. Courses not required for a degree will not be covered by Financial Aid. Rather, please use 699 or 695. Around 2003, the 695 number was recommended to be used for Plan B/C work. In a sense, it is a replacement for the 500 number. If the 695 number is already used by a course, 699 may be used.

Plan B projects and Capstone projects for Scholar Space

Hamilton Library hosts Scholar Space, UHM's insitutional repository. They welcome Plan B projects as well as capstone projects to be shared and included in Scholar Space. All intellectual works and unique collections are accessible online and widely available when searched in Google. 

Here is the link for further information:

Status of Graduate Institutional Learning Objectives

Institutional Learning Objectives (ILO) for graduate programs have been developed and are in the approval process. Presently, they will undergo a vote by the Graduate Assembly in January. The Graduate Assembly is comprised of all graduate chairs.

At the October Graduate Assembly meeting, some concerns regarding one of the graduate ILOs arose. In particular, the graduate ILO about Professional Responsibility:
Conduct research or projects as a responsible and ethical professional, including consideration of and respect for Native Hawaiian and other cultural perspectives.
Concern was focused on this part of the wording, "including consideration of and respect for Native Hawaiian...". The wording was proposed by the Mānoa Assessment Committee (MAC), after much discussion on their part, as a means for the graduate ILOs to align more closely with UHM as a Hawaiian place of learning, one of the pillars of the strategic plan.  The wording was intended to be general, but also representative of what we would like to see our graduate students attain upon graduation. Unlike requiring a course at the undergraduate level, the importance and appropriateness of infusing Hawaiian values related to professional responsibility (e.g., caring for the land, each other, kuleana to name a few) is applicable to graduate students. Knowledge, skills, and values related to research are understood expectations that institutions typically have of graduate students. For UH Mānoa graduate students, an institutional expectation should be this sense of professional responsibility that also aligns with our mission. The ILOs are to be met by the time that students graduate. They are to be assessed and evaluated at the institutional level and thus, not meant for programs to show each of their students has met all of the ILOs. What we should collectively strive for, however, is providing the modeling, mentoring, information, opportunities, and experiences where our graduate students could meet all of the ILOs.

Spring 2016
TA Training

The next TA Training is from January 4-6, 2016.
TA Training is mandatory for all new TAs, please encourage your new TAs to bookmark the below link and to register for training when it is available. 

For more information:

Helpful Links for Spring 2016

Registration Guide:

Graduate Student Services Closed
12/21 - 12/31

Out of respect for other offices observing the Manoa Green Days over the winter break, the Graduate Student Services' phone and counter services will be closed from Monday, December 21 - 31, 2015. We will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Mark your Calendars!

Graduate Council & Department Leadership Matters Spring 2016 Dates
Graduate Council
1/19, 2/16, 3/15, 4/19, and 5/3
in Gilmore 212 from 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Department Leadership Matters
in Webster 113 from 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • 1/26: OVCS
  • 2/11: "How to Win Friends and Influence People" - Communication Skills and Conflict Management
  • 2/25: "Know Your Title IX"
  • 3/3: OVCAA/SERG
  • 3/13: LGBT Student Services "Safe Zone" Training
  • 3/31: University Budget Discussion
  • 412: VCR
Registration and Descriptions:

Completion of Forms for Graduate Students

Please be sure to review before signing any forms as well as ensure the form is complete before signing and submitting it to Graduate Student Services. Additionally, for forms that also require a memo, please be as specific and transparent as possible with regard to information included in the memo. We try to help students as much as possible.

UHM-1 and 2 Forms for New Course Proposals and Course Modifications

Please heed the deadline within your individual colleges for review by the curriculum committee. The due date to OGE is March 15. Note this is earlier than in previous years and was done to help facilitate review and approval by the General Education and Graduate Education Offices.
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