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Last Updated: 2013 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

The Running Start program is a dual enrollment option within the Hawaii Department of Education. It allows eligible students to enroll in any qualified vocational or academic course offered by the University of Hawaii system. To be eligible, students must be in the 11th or 12th grade; have passed a standardized test administered by the college; be under the age of 21; and meet other qualifications deemed appropriate by the department of education or the University of Hawaii. All postsecondary course credits successfully completed are transferable to any University of Hawaii system degree granting institution provided that the student is admitted to the campus where the credit is transferred. Courses successfully completed also satisfy the department of education's high school graduation requirements. Students must pay appropriate tuition and fees for college courses. The department of education is required by statute to establish and administer a career and technical education program that meets the requirements of the federal Perkins Act of 2006. The program may include pathway programs of study, academies for various focuses of study, an agriculture education program, specialized programs, and other school activities. The program may be offered jointly by or in partnership between the department of education, the University of Hawaii, including its community colleges, or other public or private entities. (Last updated 2008)

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-401 - Running Start Program

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-431.8 - Career and Technical Education Program
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ADULT LEARNERS

The adult education program in Hawaii is planned cooperatively with the Hawaii Department of Education, the University of Hawaii, College of Continuing Education, and the various community colleges. The Hawaii Department of Education currently supports 10 community schools on four islands that offer several adult education programs: basic adult education, adult literacy, GED preparation and testing, homemaking and parenting, community (civic) education, English literacy, and cultural, recreational, and social interest courses. Community schools offer two types of diplomas for adult learners: the GED and the Competency-Based Community School Diploma. The Competency-Based Community School Diploma Program (CBCSDP) provides an option for adults who do not have a high school diploma to obtain the Hawaii Adult Community School Diploma from the Community School for Adults. The CBCSDP curriculum is aligned with the adult learner standards, Equipped for the Future, and the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System Life and Work competencies. Adults enrolled in the CBCSDP must pay a $20 enrollment fee per course, $15 for each of five unit tests, and $5 for the Competency-Based Mastery Test. State statute (Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-802) allows adult learners to earn college credit at the University of Hawaii system for prior learning in previous course settings or for professional experience gained through service in the U.S. armed forces. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Financial Assistance

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 346-68 - Teacher Salary Schedule

Adult Learners, Funding

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-435 - Financing Adult and Community Education Program

Adult Learners, General Policy

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-433 - Scope of Adult and Community Education Programs Offered

Credit for Prior Learning

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-802 - College-credit Equivalency Program Established; Purpose; Policies and Procedures; Eligibility

Governance of Adult Education

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-432 - Adult and Community Education Authorized
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-434 - Advisory Council for Adult and Community Education

Military/Veterans Education

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 121-45 - Tuition Assistance for Hawai'i National Guard Personnel to Attend the University of Hawaii
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-802 - College-credit Equivalency Program Established; Purpose; Policies and Procedures; Eligibility

Reverse Transfer/Transfer Back

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 5-14 - Student and Credit Transfer within the University
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

There is no current legislation specific to articulation and transfer in Hawaii. The University Of Hawaii (UH) Board of Regents, however, implemented policies related to articulation and transfer in 1994 and updated them in 2006. Board policy 5-12 instructs all UH campuses to offer a core of general education courses "based on a philosophy and rationale that are clearly stated and appropriate for each credential or cluster of credentials offered." Executive policy (E5.209) states that students who complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree from a UH community college are admissible to any baccalaureate-granting UH campus and general education core requirements are met. In 2009 automatic admission to a UH baccalaureate-granting campus for students completing an associate of arts degree was instituted. Beginning in fall 2011 students who complete general education core requirements (without completing the associate of arts degree) at one University of Hawaii campus and then transfers to another UH campus will have met the general education core requirements at the receiving campus. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-7 - Exemptions from Tuition and Other Fees
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-1 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Establishment
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-10 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Reauthorization
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-11 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Grounds for Refusal to Reauthorize, Reinstate, or Restore and for Revocation, Suspension, Probation, or Denial; Condition of Authorization or Sanctions
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-12 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Requirements to Maintain Authorization
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-13 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Deposit of Records Upon Discontinuance
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-14 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Financial Integrity; Surety Bond
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-15 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Claims Against a Private College or University; Cessation of Operation; Alternative Enrollment
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-16 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Reciprocity
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-17 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Complaints; Injunctive Proceedings
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-18 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Fees; Public Hearing
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-19 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Postsecondary Education Authorization Special Subaccount
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-2 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Definitions
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-3 - Post-secondary Education Authorization Program; Applicability of Chapter; Exceptions
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-4 - Post-secondary Education Authorization Program; Authorization of the University of Hawaii System
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-5 - Post-secondary Education Authorization Program; Powers and Duties of the Director
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-6 - Post-secondary Education Authorization Program; Department's Powers and Authority
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-7 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Awarding Degrees
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-8 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Authorization to Operate in the State; Private College or University
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 305J-9 - Postsecondary Education Authorization Program; Authorization to Operate in the State; Seminary or Religious Training Institutions

General Education Core

K-12 / Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-1861 - Fostering Inspiration and Relevance Through Science and Technology Pre-Academy Program; Established
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-1862 - Robotics and Problem-Based, Applied Learning Program; Established
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-802 - College-credit Equivalency Program Established; Purpose; Policies and Procedures; Eligibility

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 5-10 - Distance Education and Offsite Instruction

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 5-12 - Early Admission Policies

Statewide Articulation Guides

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 5-14 - Student and Credit Transfer within the University

Transfer Agreements

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 5-14 - Student and Credit Transfer within the University

Transfer Data Reporting

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 5-14 - Student and Credit Transfer within the University
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-802 - College-credit Equivalency Program Established; Purpose; Policies and Procedures; Eligibility
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

Facilitated by the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, the University of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii Department of Education are piloting a tool that provides reports based on longitudinal student data. Hawaii P-20 is collaborating with Cal-PASS (calpass.org) to organize, analyze, and report data about patterns of student participation, performance, and progress in the public education system from kindergarten through higher education. The tool is being validated during the 2008-09 academic year by a task force of University of Hawaii and Department of Education evaluation and information systems staff. In 2008, the Hawaii state legislature enacted Act 188 (SLH 2008), requiring the University of Hawaii to provide an annual incentive and performance report to the legislature in addition to its biennial benchmark report (HRS 304A-2001). The incentive and performance report will link up to two percent of the university's annual budget to measurable outcomes related to the university's strategic plan and state goals, including educational attainment and workforce needs. Act 188 also calls for a task force to study and provide recommendations for a funding formula system linked to full time student enrollment and costs and revenues related to different categories of students. (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-1004 - Educational Accountability System; Annual Reports
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-201 - Statewide Performance Standards
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-801 - Program of Equal Educational Opportunity; Coordinating Office of Educational Services for the Disadvantaged
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FINANCE

Hawaii's basic tuition philosophy is, "Every qualified Hawaii citizen shall have an opportunity to pursue postsecondary education within the University system. Since tuition and fees are critical to access, they shall not be so uniformly high that they prevent qualified citizens from attending a campus of the University. As a general principle, the Board subscribes to a tuition policy that seeks to keep costs to resident students at the lowest practical level while maintaining a financial aid program that responds to the needs of students who cannot meet the costs of attendance." The Board of Regents establishes resident and nonresident tuition fees for regular courses of instruction at all University of Hawaii campuses, including the community colleges. The board also may charge other fees for special programs of instruction, laboratory fees, course fees, fees for student activities, and an information technology user fee. A five-year tuition and fees schedule was established in 2001-02 by the Board of Regents in order to make costs predictable for students. Modest increases (approximately 3 percent) were built into that schedule. The Board of Regents grants, modifies, and suspends tuition waivers, which are intended to support equal access by Hawaii residents, promote the achievement of high quality educational programs, and foster the development and maintenance of a highly diversified and stimulating campus environment. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-1 - Authority to Set Tuition and Fees
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-3 - Tuition and Course Fees
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-4 - Student Financial Assistance
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-8 - Board Exemptions to Non-Resident Tuition

Fee-Specific Policies

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-3 - Tuition and Course Fees

Reciprocity Agreements

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-6 - Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-2179 - Financial Structure - Special Funds - Professional Student Exchange Program Special Fund
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-3209 - Administratively Attached Entities - Western Regional Education Compact - Professional Student Exchange Program; Repayment Policy
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-A - Administratively Attached Entities - Western Regional Education Compact - Definitions
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-B - Administratively Attached Entities - Western Regional Education Compact - Hawaii Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Tuition and Fee Waivers

Hawaii Administrative Rules, Title 20, Chapter 6 - Tuition Exemption Program for Senior Citizens
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-4 - Student Financial Assistance
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-7 - Exemptions from Tuition and Other Fees
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-8 - Board Exemptions to Non-Resident Tuition
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 121-45 - Tuition Assistance for Hawai'i National Guard Personnel to Attend the University of Hawaii

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-10 - Payment of Tuition, Fees, and Charges
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-3 - Tuition and Course Fees
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-2002 - Budget Request Computation; Reporting of Exempt Fees of Scholarship Holders
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-2153 - University of Hawai'i Tuition and Fees Special Fund; Tuition Schedule and Waivers
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RESIDENCY

Hawaii's residency requirements are set by the University of Hawaii's Board of Regents. To qualify as a resident student, the student must have established residence in Hawaii for at least one continuous year. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). The Regents' policy grants a waiver of the nonresident tuition differential to qualifying students including East-West Center students pursuing baccalaureate or advanced degrees; active members of the United States military stationed in Hawaii and their dependents; members of the Hawaii National Guard and the Hawaii Reserves; Native Hawaiians whose domicile is outside of Hawaii; and employees of the University of Hawaii, their spouses, and dependents. In addition, citizens from an eligible Pacific Island district, commonwealth, territory, insular jurisdiction, state or nation which does not provide a public higher education institution that grants baccalaureate degrees are charged 150 percent of the resident tuition rate. Non-citizens may establish residency in Hawaii unless prohibited by the Immigration and Nationality Act. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-8 - Board Exemptions to Non-Resident Tuition

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-8 - Board Exemptions to Non-Resident Tuition

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-8 - Board Exemptions to Non-Resident Tuition
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-9 - Undocumented Students
University of Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 20 Chapter 4 - Determination of Residency as Applied to Tuition Payments and Admission

Residency Policies Related to Undocumented Students

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-9 - Undocumented Students
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

"In addition to the Hawaii State Incentive Grant program, the State of Hawaii has a State Higher Education Loan Program that provides loans with terms similar to the Federal Perkins Loans. Most University of Hawaii campuses participate. This is a revolving fund program and no new funds have been allocated in recent years. Major Hawaii private institutions (Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University) participate in the SSIG. For the 2005-2006 academic year, Hawaii allocated 410,000 for need-based aid. The University of Hawaii system (all of public higher education in the state) has a broad ranging program of tuition and financial aid assistance in the form of full or partial tuition waivers for merit and/or service, scholarships funded from private sources, loans, and federal grant and loan programs, including scholarships administered by the office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED). Students also may receive financial assistance directly from various external organizations such as Kamehameha Schools and the HawaiI Community Foundation. The State Legislature passed a bill to create a College Savings program. The program was implemented a couple of years ago (HRS 256).(Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)"

Comprehensive Initiative

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 346-16 - Higher Education Board Allowances for Former Foster Students: Definitions

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-4 - Student Financial Assistance
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-5 - State of Hawaii B Plus Scholarship Program
Hawaii Board of Regents Policy 6-7 - Exemptions from Tuition and Other Fees
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304-2351 - GEAR UP Hawai`i Scholarship Trust Fund
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304-2353 - The Senator Hiram L. Fong Scholarship Program; Endowment Trust
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-2354 - The Senator Oren E. Long Scholarship Program; Endowment Trust
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-3301 - Nursing Scholars Program: Definitions
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-3302 - Nursing Scholars Program: Establishment, Administration
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-3303 - Nursing Scholars Program: Scholarships; Nursing Degree Programs
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-3304 - Nursing Scholars Program: Program Administration
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-3305 - Nursing Scholars Program: Annual Report
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-504 - Hawaii State Scholars Program
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-505 - Workforce Development Scholarship Program
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-601 - State Higher Education Loans; Eligibility; Amounts
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-602 - Repayment of State Higher Education Loans; Collection
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-603 - Capacity of Minors in Qualifying for State Higher Education Loans
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-604 - Rules Governing State Higher Education Loan Fund
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 346-17.4 - Higher Education Board Allowances for Former Foster Students
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 436C-2 - Professional and Vocational License Sanction for Default of Student Loan, Student Loan Repayment Contract, or Scholarship Contract
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-504 - Hawaii State Scholars Program

Tuition Savings Plan

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-1 - College Savings Program: Definitions
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-2 - College Savings Program: Established
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-3 - College Savings Program: Functions and Powers of the Director of Finance
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-4 - College Savings Program: Program Requirements; College Account
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-5 - College Savings Program: Program Limitations; College Account
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-6 - College Savings Program: College Savings Program Trust Fund
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 256-7 - College Savings Program: Tax Reporting
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TEACHING QUALITY

As the only state without local school districts, issues normally determined at the local level such as compensation and evaluation are often determined by state teaching quality policy. To address the severe shortage of qualified teachers in Hawaii, the state has implemented several programs to recruit new teachers, including a Teacher Cadet Program, state-wide Teach for America, loan forgiveness, and increased incentives for National Board Certified teachers. In fact, in 2007, the legislature approved an additional $5,000 bonus per year for each public school teacher who maintains current national board certification and who teaches at: (A) A school that is in restructuring under the No Child Left Behind Act, (B) A school with a high turnover rate, as determined by the department, (C) A school that is not making adequate yearly progress, but is not in restructuring under the No Child Left Behind Act, or (D) A hard-to-fill school, as determined by the department. In 2008, Hawaii also enacted legislation providing significant support for distance education and online learning, including training and support for on-line teachers. (Last updated 2008)

Compensation

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302-624 - Teacher Salary Schedule

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-704 - Tuition Assistance for Exemplary Teachers to Attend the University of Hawai'i
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-701 - Hawaii Educator Loans; Eligibility; Amounts; Educator Loan Forgiveness Program; Repayment; Collection
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-703 - Capacity of Minors in Qualifying for Hawaii Educator Loans
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-704 - Rules Governing Hawaii Educator Loan Program Special Fund

Licensure and Certification

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-602 - Teachers; Licenses and Certificates
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-706 - Teacher National Board Certification Incentive Program
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-801 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Established
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-802 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Licensing Standards; Policies
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-803 - Hawai'I Teacher Standards Board: Powers and Duties of the Board
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-804 - Hawai'I Teacher Standards Board: Powers and Duties of the Department
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Teachers; License or Credential Required; Renewals
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805.5 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Approval of Teacher Education Programs; Professional Development of Teachers
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805.6 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Efforts related to teacher quality
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-806 - Hawai'I Teacher Standards Board: Hawaii Teacher Standards Board Special Fund
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-807 - Hawai'I Teacher Standards Board: Refusal, Suspension, Revocation, and Reinstatement of Licenses
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-808 - Hawai'I Teacher Standards Board: Penalty

Professional Development

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-801 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Established
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-1201 - College of Education
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-1863 - Research Experiences for Teachers Program; Established

Programs Evaluation

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805.5 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Approval of Teacher Education Programs; Professional Development of Teachers
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805.6 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Efforts related to teacher quality

Recruitment

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-401.5 - Hawaii Teacher Cadet Program Fund
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 315-1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational; Personnel; Enactment of agreement

Supply and Demand Strategies

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 315-1 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational; Personnel; Enactment of agreement

Teacher Preparation

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-801 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Established
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805.5 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Approval of Teacher Education Programs; Professional Development of Teachers
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-805.6 - Hawaii Teacher Standards Board: Efforts related to teacher quality
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-1201 - College of Education
Hawaii Rev. Stat. 304A-1863 - Research Experiences for Teachers Program; Established

Teacher Retention

Hawaii Rev. Stat. 302A-701 - Incentive Packages for Quality Teachers, Principals, and Vice-Principals
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