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