Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.03
Liaison Laurel Pikcunas
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College
PA-3: Inclusive and Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.62 / 3.00 Michelle Nathan
Assistant Professor
Math and Natural Science
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which the following stakeholders can regularly participate in the governance of the institution?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Academic staff Yes
Non-academic staff Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal participatory or shared governance bodies:

HonCC participates in shared governance through its Student Government, Kupu Ka Wai Council, Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and Staff Senate Executive Council.

Student Government: https://programs.honolulu.hawaii.edu/studentlife/sg/

The Student Government (SG) is a Chartered Student Organization at Honolulu Community College and is part of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai‘i. SG is made up of student leaders that attend college meetings and work with committees to represent the student body and perspective. It is through this important Charted Student Organization that students play a prominent role in the governance of Honolulu Community College and the University of Hawai’i System.

The purpose of Honolulu Community College Student Government is to:
- Be the voice of students
- Cultivate engaged citizens
- Foster student success
- Make a positive difference for the student experience
- Impact meaningful, positive change

Faculty Senate Executive Committee: hawaii.edu/accfsc/docs/Senate%20Charters/HonoluluCCconstitution.pdf

The FSEC advises the administration on all issues which pertain to quality education and serves as a forum for discussion on those issues. The Committee also serves as a clearinghouse for information and faculty opinions regarding campus and system-wide matters. It's the faculty voice. It is responsible for developing and maintaining campus academic policy and providing a means for improved communication among the faculty, administration, students, and community. While it serves in an advisory capacity to the administration, its vigilance over campus affairs is integral to the provision, preservation, and improvement of quality education at the college. They meet monthly with the chancellor to keep informed about every aspect of campus life, keeping its constituency informed and apprised of existing and potential issues about which the faculty may want to deliberate and decide.

Staff Senate Executive Council: SSEC
The Staff Senate Executive Council (SSEC) is the official representative body for staff members at Honolulu Community College (HonCC). It functions in an advisory capacity to the HonCC Chancellor and administration with the express goal of promoting the general welfare of the college through advocacy, the inclusion of staff perspectives, and providing opportunities to enhance the personal and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities of Civil Service and APT employees.

-Promote the core values, mission, and goals of the HonCC
Develop and encourage staff involvement, initiative, and leadership in HonCC, UHCC System, and University activities
-Provide a means for improved communication among staff, administration, faculty, and students
-Provide input and recommendations on matters relating to college operations, budget, staffing, and other identified priorities
-Ensure there is staff representation on various campus-wide committees
-Provide opportunities to develop workplace and professional skills to support career advancement (e.g., provide financial assistance for staff training, plan and conduct workshops, conferences, networking events, etc.)
-Demonstrate the value of staff to the college
-Promote personal growth of employees
-Direct financial stewardship of staff development (e.g., plan and conduct fundraising activities, seek to expand dedicated college funding for staff development, etc.)

Kupu Ka Wai Council:

The Kupu Ka Wai Council serves as a source and conduit for information to the administration and the University community on issues that have particular relevance for Ka Pae ‘Āina o Hawai‘i and Native Hawaiians.

The mission of the Kupu Ka Wai Council is to nurture and sustain Honolulu Community College as a Hawaiian place of learning.

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Does the institution host or support one or more formal bodies through which external stakeholders have a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them?:

A brief description of the campus-community council or equivalent body that gives external stakeholders a regular voice in institutional decisions that affect them:

Certain academic programs appoint community stakeholders and industry leaders who include representatives from the community and employers. These community stakeholders can influence the decisions made in their respective departments.
When administrative positions are filled community stakeholders are invited to the hiring committee as well.

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