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Ka pū‘olo muli puka

The Graduate Message

Just as a pū‘olo, a bundle or package, carries gifts of aloha, we offer this newsletter with the same spirit of gratitude as we work collectively towards excellence in graduate education.
Spring 2015 | Issue 1
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In this issue...

Important Info

  • Graduate Assistantship renewal for Fall 2015 due: 4/30/15

Upcoming Meetings 

  • Graduate Council: 5/5/15, 2:30 - 4:00PM at Gilmore 212

Opportunities for Graduate Students

  • "Formula" for a Sure-Fire Abstract: 4/16/15, 12-1:15PM at KUY 106
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sessions: 4/22/15, 10:30-11:45AM; and 4/23/15, 12-1:15PM at KUY 106 

Non-Resident Tuition Awards

These are awards to be 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 Fall 2015 awardees:

  1. American Studies (2)
  2. Anthropology (2)
  3. Art/Art History (1)
  4. Communicology (2)
  5. Educational Psychology (3)
  6. English (3)
  7. Marine Biology (2)
  8. Music (2)
  9. Philosophy (3)
  10. Public Health (1)
  11. Second Language Studies (2)
  12. Social Welfare (2)
  13. Social Work (1)
  14. Sociology (2)
  15. Theatre (3)

Special Acknowledgements

Mahalo to Kaiwipuni Lipe, PhD of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge for her guidance and help in suggesting a symbolic title that best represents the spirit and intent of this e-newsletter.

Pū‘olo photo credit: Blessing Ways

Aloha Colleagues and Friends
of the Office of
Graduate Education!

Welcome to our first e-newsletter from the Office of Graduate Education (OGE).  I’ve just completed my first year as Dean of Graduate Education and it has been a whirlwind.  First off, I want to express my gratitude to the campus community for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with our UHM graduate students, our graduate programs, and all of our faculty engaged directly and indirectly with graduate education. I particularly want to say thank you to my team in OGE for all of the assistance and support in helping me learn the ropes over the past year.
I would also like to take this opportunity to share with you a few important priorities and initiatives that we have been working on.  First, my overriding goal is to facilitate graduate student success from matriculation through graduation.  To help ensure graduate students are equipped with all the tools for success, we offer professional development workshop series covering a range of topics from IRB approval to pedagogy to research strategies. We will continue to develop, review, refine programs to meet the present and future needs of our graduate students.  Second, a key aspect of graduate student success comes from the mentoring of students by graduate faculty and graduate chairs.  In order to support graduate faculty mentors, I continue to develop and refine professional development opportunities for faculty members with the series called Leadership Matters.  I welcome your feedback about the workshop content, schedule, and format to best assist graduate faculty in the work that they do for graduate education.  A relatively new initiative underway is the 3+2 program with partner institutions in China.  This program involves recruitment of third year students in their undergraduate program in their home country (all coursework is completed within the first 3 years; final project submitted in year 4).  These students pursue a UHM masters program with a regular cohort of graduate students.  A final project is submitted to the students’ home institution in order to complete the bachelor’s degree.  Students are able to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years. 

More information about both the professional development opportunities and the 3+2 program initiative will be featured on our newly updated website (forthcoming).   Together with the Graduate Council, we have been reviewing policies and procedures in order to streamline and clarify as appropriate.   A few recent changes are provided under Policy Updates below. We will be using this forum to keep everyone updated regarding important news, updates, and initiatives along with news from graduate programs on a rotated basis.  I welcome your feedback and suggestions as well as your partnership to help graduate students and graduate programs flourish.

Krystyna Aune, PhD
Dean of Graduate Education

New & Updated Programs

  • PhD in Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) approved
  • MS in Athletic Training approved
  • MFA in Theatre - Hawaiian Theatre track approved
  • MA and PhD in Theatre - Performance Studies track approved
  • Dual Degree program track in Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and MA in Hawaiian Language (HAW) approved
  • Dual Degree program track in Master's in Library and Information Sciences (LIS) and MA in Hawaiian Studies (HWST) approved
  • Atmospheric Sciences (formerly known as Meteorology) department and program name change approved
  • Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) changed their name to Graduate Entry Program in Nursing (GEPN)
  • Post-baccalaureate entry to the Doctor of  Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD programs (effective Fall 2015)

Policy Updates

  • Double counting of credits between a degree and certificate allowed, if there is an agreement between graduate programs. Total number of credits to be double-counted will be left to program(s) to decide.
  • Emeriti faculty should not chair committee of new students, but may finish their student(s) if they have reached candidacy or are in the process of reaching candidacy. Extenuating circumstanceswill be addressed on a case by case basis by the Dean of Graduate Education.
  • Remote participation at a doctoral defense will be determined by graduate program. Graduate chairs must submit a formal memo outlining the process to be followed by their program to the Dean. For a completely online doctoral defense,there must be an accessible physical location on campus for the public to attend. 
  • Automatic probation after 5 years is no longer necessary. Graduate Council members expressed that graduate chairs and their colleagues can take more responsibility to ensure Plan A and doctoral students are making satisfactory progress toward candidacy and graduation. The annual review of doctoral students will help to identify problem cases so they may be addressed early by the graduate chair.

Change to Program Modification Process

If your graduate program is considering or currently planning to modify your program of study, please ensure enough time for it to be reviewed and approved before your projected term the changes will take effect. With the move of the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) from under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, all program modifications will be reviewed for approval by Vice Chancellor Dasenbrock after a review by OGE. The procedure will be as follows, submit an official memo from the Graduate or Department Chair via your college/school Dean via Dean Aune, To Vice Chancellor Dasenbrock. The memo should be sent to OGE first for review. Please include the current curricular requirements of the program as well as what the program of study will look like if the new curricular changes are approved. Include a rationale for the changes being proposed. Note also the term these changes are projected to take effect. Be sure to allow for enough time for this review process before any changes are to take effect as curricular changes must be approved before implementation.

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