Legislative Relations Committee: UH Promise Scholarship Update

Aloha All,

We were all beaming with pride during our Fall convocation as Chancellor Manny narrated how Leeward Community College is taking the lead in many respects of UHCC endeavors.

Earlier last month the Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced the $1.8 UH Promise Program Scholarship on the front page of its August 18, 2017 issue.

Leeward Community College can and should take pride in its students for their persistent and consistent support for the UH Promise Bill.  (Their campaign has been integrated in both the ASAN 204 and ASAN 205 Spring 2017 classes as part of their “real-world” experience.  The group includes our Early College students at Waipahu High School taking ASAN 205).  Please note that Leeward CC students were the only student group throughout the 2017 legislative session that consistently supported and fought for the bill during the hearings.  Noting the flood of written testimonies from Leeward CC students, one legislator even commented (I’m sure, jokingly, in the presence of President Lassner and Dr. Morton): “I see most of the testimonies coming from Leeward Community College students. We might as well just give the money to Leeward.”  Of course our students knew they were standing for students in the UH system, and not for Leeward CC alone.  That was leadership!

The students’ campaign kicked off with a positively-spirited rally in front of the Hawai’i State Capitol on February 3, 2017, followed by written testimonies to the House and Senate higher education and money committees, and personal oral testimonies in the legislature–before the HED, HRE, Finance and WAM committees throughout the season.  Our students also met with legislators and had the opportunity to meet both UH President, David Lassner and UHCC VP, John Morton. It seemed to me like advocacy and real-life education wrapped into one “lumpia”!

Please allow me to share you some photos of our students which were taken at the Capitol on different days. You may use them for whatever purpose(s) you deem fit–from publication to accreditation.

I would also like to thank the Leeward CC Faculty Senate (at that time under the chairmanship of William Albritton) for supporting the the UH Promise Bill.

ONWARD, LEEWARD! We set the pace; others will follow!

Raymund Liongson
Professor, Philippine Studies
Co-Chair, Faculty Senate Legislative Relations Committee, 2015-2017
Leeward Community College



Faculty Senate Convocation Breakout Session Invitation

Dear Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

You are cordially invited to attend the Convocation Faculty Senate Breakout session on Wednesday, August 16th.  There will be a slideshow presentation about the Faculty Senate. There will also be in attendance faculty senators, returning and new, for you to meet.

This will also be a chance for you to hear and thank the AY 2016-2017 Faculty Senate Chair, William Albritton, and Vice-Chair, Eiko Kosasa, and Secretary, Wayde Oshiro, who will be present to talk about the issues the Faculty Senate faced during the last academic year while the new incoming Faculty Senate Executive Board will answer any questions you might have about the upcoming year.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the Faculty Senate in the future this is also a good time to learn what we do.

Thanks, and hope to see you there.

James Fujita

Faculty Senate Highlights for 2016-17

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

I just wanted to thank the 2016-17 Faculty Senate for all their work this year for the campus. In particular, I wanted to thank Eiko and Wayde for their support and teamwork as a part of the FS Executive Committee. Finally, kudos to the continuing Senators, new Senators, and new Executive committee, James Fujita (chair), Wayde Oshiro (vice chair), and Michael Oishi (secretary) for your service to the college for the next academic year. I look forward to hearing about the achievements of the next Faculty Senate!

Highlights of the 2016-17 Faculty Senate includes the UH Promise Bill, Back Language Credit Policy, revisions to the Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision document, the DE Committee DE Liaison program, and CES.

The UH Promise Bill was enthusiastically supported by FS Legislative Relations Committee’s Co-Chair Raymund Liongson and his students, who spoke directly with our State legislators in support of this bill. This bill is for  $1.8M to meet the remaining financial gap for UH Community College students with financial need. See the FS Legislative Relations Committee’s Annual Report, for details on this exciting bill.

The FS approved the Back Language Credit Policy, an update to the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Manual, to match UHM’s policy on back language credit so Leeward CC can create a MOA with UHM to help Leeward CC students transfer language credits. See the FS Assessment Committee Annual Report for more details. Candy Hochstein, Kepa Badis, and FS Assessment Committee Co-Chair Jeff Judd worked to put this together.

Thanks to Ad Hoc Committee Chair Jeremiah Boydstun, we have an updated Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision document. This document is important in establishing the five-year review of assessing courses as well as describes the minimum requirements in our syllabi.

The DE Committee, under the guidance of Co-Chairs Pete Gross and Warren Kawano, worked to establish the DE Liaison program, which gives support to instructors new to online as well as any instructor interested in improving their online courses. For more details, see the DE Committee’s Annual Report.

All 10 UH Faculty Senates raised a ruckus in opposition to the originally proposed version of the Course Evaluation System (CES), the replacement for eCAFE. As a result, adjustments were made to CES. In the fall, the CES Ad Hoc Committee, under the direction of Co-Chairs Wayde Oshiro and Catherine Walker, will be sending out a survey to the faculty to finalize what question Leeward CC will use in our CES as well as organize CES training for faculty. See the CES Ad Hoc Committee’s Annual Report for more details.

These are just a few noteworthy highlights. To see the Annual Reports of all the FS Committees, check out the links in the agenda from our last meeting on May 3, 2017.

Have a fun and relaxing summer!



Ballot on CES Tier 1 Question Coming April 3rd

Leeward Faculty and Lecturers,

An electronic ballot will be distributed to all faculty and lecturers on Monday, April 3rd soliciting input on Leeward’s tier 1 campus-level question for the new Course Evaluation System (CES). The question/statement with the highest votes will be submitted as our campus tier 1 question when CES is implemented in Fall 2018. Balloting will end on Friday, April 7th.

If you want to learn more about CES and why we are requesting your input, see our February 27, 2017 post on this topic.

Below is the text of the email you will receive on April 3rd. The ballot questions follow.

The Faculty Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System would like your feedback on selecting one Tier I campus-level question for the new online UH Course Evaluation System.  Tier I questions are standard questions that will be distributed to all Leeward CC students enrolled in credit-based courses.  Tiers 2 and 3 are for division and program-level questions and Leeward has decided that the use of these tiers will be determined by individual divisions/programs. Individual faculty members will decide Tier 4 questions.

The new Course Evaluation System (CES) will be electronically delivered to all students enrolled in your course.  There is no opt-out choice.  Details on the sharing of aggregate results is as yet undecided.

After gathering feedback from the March 6th faculty forum and online survey, the ad-hoc committee is seeking faculty input on the following two items:

Which of the following Tier 1 campus level questions/statements do you prefer? (choose one)

  • How would you rate the overall quality of this course? (Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent)
  • How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course? (Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent)
  • This course helped me advance my educational goals. (Strongly disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree)

Should we include the following open-ended statement as an additional Tier I campus level question? (yes or no)

  • Other comments:
    • Yes, this question should be asked of all students.
    • No, this question should be asked at the discretion of the division or individual faculty member.

Ad-Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto

UH Promise Program Update

Photos courtesy of Raymund Liongson (scroll down for more)

Senator Liongson (Legislative Relations Committee) reports on the progress of House Bills 1591 and 1594 and Senate Bill 1162 concerning the University of Hawai’i Promise Program:

I am pleased to report that on Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017, the House Finance Committee recommended both HB 1591 and HB 1594 (UH Promise bills for UHCC and UH system, respectively) to be PASSED, with amendments.
The following day, Thursday, Feb 23, the Senate Ways and Means Committee also recommended SB 1162 (the companion bill) to be PASSED.
In both Chambers, there were no “No” votes or “Yes, with reservation.”
I attended both hearings at the Capitol, also bringing with me up to nine Leeward CC and Early College students from my classes, and we testified there. Most of my students (85%-90%) also wrote and submitted testimonies in support of the bills. [I conducted workshops on submitting testimonies in class.] 🙂

Meeting Highlights – February 15, 2017

The following are highlights from the last Faculty Senate meeting.*

From the Board of Regents – Leeward’s ASNS degree was approved on January 26th.

From the All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC)  – Community college faculty senates do not support a UHM Faculty Senate proposed resolution calling for a reorganization of the BOR.

From the Community College Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (CCCFSC)  –  John Morton responded to Faculty Senate motions 17.27 and 17.28 on UHCCP #4.203 Institution Set Standards. 

Motion 17.39 – The Assessment Committee’s proposed changes to the Prior Learning Assessment Manual were adopted.

Motions 17.40 and 17.41 – The Legislative Committee’s proposal for the Leeward Faculty Senate to support H.B. 1591 and 1594 and S.B. 1162 to “establish the University of Hawai’i Promise Program to provide scholarships for the unmet direct cost needs of qualified students enrolled at any campus of the University of Hawaii system” were adopted by Faculty Senate. Senate also gave the committee the authority to draft and submit testimonies in support of both bills.

*This is not an official report of Faculty Senate proceedings.  Minutes will be approved at the next Faculty Senate meeting on Wednesday, March 15th.

New Course Evaluation System

Did you know that a new course evaluation system will replace eCAFE?  It’s called the Course Evaluation System (CES) and its planned implementation is Fall 2017 (as of March 21st, implementation is postponed until Fall 2018). Unlike eCAFE, CES will be mandatory which means all instructional faculty will be impacted regardless of whether you currently use eCAFE, or not. CES is meant to replace the traditional paper-based course evaluations.

The new system was announced in a March 8, 2016 memo from UH President Lassner which describes CES and outlines a plan with implementation dates that have since changed. A January 2017 presentation by UH ITS Academic Technologies Director Hae Okimoto provides an overview of the new system, an updated implementation timeline, and notes key differences between it and eCAFE. According to slide #4:

Campuses, divisions, departments can determine questions sets for courses at various levels.

Campuses, divisions, departments can determine questions sets for courses at various levels.

100% of credit courses will be assessed.

Mobile and web access.

ADA compliant.

Results shared with department/division chair.

Aggregate results of common questions will be shared according to campus guidelines.

Faculty section:

Ability to add questions

Ability to curate questions

Aggregation among sections

CES is structured to have four tiers of questions:

  • Tier 1 – Campus 
  • Tier 2 – Division
  • Tier 3 – Program
  • Tier 4 – Faculty

The Honolulu CC Faculty Senate submitted a set of questions and concerns about CES to Hae Okimoto.  Her responses function as an FAQ and can be found here.

The current proposal from Leeward Administration is for the campus to implement a single Tier 1 question and not use Tiers 2 and 3 at all. Implementation of Tier 4 would be solely a faculty-driven decision. Leeward’s plan:

  • Tier 1 – Campus (one common question for all courses)
  • Tier 4 – Faculty (left to each instructor to implement as they see fit)

At the January 25th meeting, Faculty Senate established (motion 17.31) the Ad-Hoc Course Evaluation System Committee charged with gathering faculty feedback, identifying questions, and proposing guidelines for our campus. The committee has developed four questions up for consideration as Leeward’s Tier 1 question/statement:

  1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?
  2. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course?
  3. This course helped advance my educational goals.
  4. This college helped advance my educational goals.

The CES Committee will host a faculty forum to solicit feedback on the draft Tier 1 questions/statements.  Della has accepted the committee’s invitation to attend this forum to answer questions about Leeward’s implementation and the phasing out of paper-based course evaluations. This meeting is not intended to answer questions pertaining to the system’s functionality or use. The date for the CES faculty forum is March 6th at 1 pm in ED 201A/B.

In addition to the forum, you may submit your feedback using this online CES Tier 1 Question Survey. After receiving feedback at the forum and via the online survey, the committee will put the Tier 1 questions/statements up for an online vote. The question/statement with the highest votes will be submitted to Faculty Senate for referral to Administration.

Ad-Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto

January 25, 2017 Meeting Highlights

The following are highlights from the last Faculty Senate meeting.*

The Community College Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (CCCFSC) and VPCC John Morton asked Senate to endorse UHCCP #4.203 Institution-Set Standards.  After lengthy discussion, senators voted to endorse the standards [Motion 17.27], contingent upon the following:

  1. Each campus should be able to set their own Aspirational Values within the UHCCP # 4.203 Institution-Set Standards policy.
  2. “Native Hawaiian Degrees and Certificates Awarded” should be reworded to “Native Hawaiian Student Graduates” to match the language in UHCC’s strategic plan.

Chair Albritton drafted and signed a memo with the endorsement and two related motions: 17.28 and 17.29.  The memo has been forwarded to Leeward Administration.

The All Campus Council of Faculty Senate Chairs (ACCFSC) asked faculty senates to consider the Principles for Strategic Planning Processes Across the UH System.  Senate voted to endorse this document

Also from ACCFSC, a Resolution calling for a revised committee structure for the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi was considered.  The resolution is out of the Manoa Faculty Senate.  After debating its purpose and the potential impact of a restructured BOR on the community colleges, the Senate voted against this resolution.  A related motion [17.30] was passed calling for the CCCFSC to discuss a revised committee structure for the BOR.  Chair Albritton drafted, signed, and forwarded a memo to ACCFSC.

Chair Albritton reported that the Memo on Retroactive Grade Changes was approved by Leeward Administration.  Surprising to many in the Senate, Leeward does not have an existing policy on retroactive grade change requests.  Once the policy is implemented retroactive grade changes will be limited to a period of 2 years.

Senate passed motion 17.31 which establishes an Ad-Hoc Course Evaluation System (CES) Committee “to gather faculty feedback and make recommendations for the new Course Evaluation System.”  CES is intended to replace eCAFE beginning Fall 2017.  Unlike eCAFE, CES is designed to be a mandatory online survey for each course and results will be shared with division chairs. Senate registered its opposition to CES with motion 16.20. To learn more about CES go here. Find CES-related documents by selecting Ctrl F and type CES to highlight the file names. Committee Co-chairs Catherine Walker and Wayde Oshiro are organizing the committee membership and more will be reported soon.

The Ad-Hoc Committee on Curriculum Review and Revision (Jeremiah Boydstun, chair) submitted an updated L5.201 Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision which addresses required standardized statements and grading policy.  Senate approved the proposed changes.  The revised policy will go to Leeward Administration for approval.

*This is not an official report of Senate proceedings.  Minutes for this meeting will be approved at the next Faculty Senate meeting on Wednesday, February 15.


“Have We Wrecked Public Universities? If So, How Do We Fix Them?”

The Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in the College of Arts & Sciences presents a public lecture by Christopher Newfield, professor of literature and American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Professor Newfield will speak about his new book, titled “The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them.”

  • Monday, February 13
  • Book signing, 5:00 pm
  • Public Lecture, 6:00 pm
  • UH Mānoa, Art Building, Art Auditorium


Welcome to the Faculty Senate Blog

The preamble of the Faculty Senate Charter and Bylaws states:

The Faculty Senate shall also promote communication and mutual understanding among members of the faculty, staff, lecturers, administrators, students, and the community.

A discussion at a Spring Convocation breakout session centered around communication and campus governance bodies.  In response, the Executive Committee created this blog in an attempt to improve communication between the Faculty Senate and the rest of the campus.

Blog posts will share important news from the Faculty Senate to our core constituencies and the campus at large. This blog is not intended to replace the Faculty Senate website which is the official source for Senate meeting agendas, minutes, motions, and committee reports. Instead, this blog will serve as an up-to-date supplement sharing commentary, activities, and other news of importance to you.

2016-17 Faculty Senate Executive Committee

  • William Albritton, Chair
  • Eiko Kosasa, Vice-Chair
  • Wayde Oshiro, Secretary