Board of Regents Policy 4.207 Board of Regents Policy 4.207


Community College System


Regents Policy Chapter 4, Planning
Regents Policy RP 4.207, Community College System
Effective Date:  Oct. 18, 2002
Prior Dates Amended: Oct. 31, 2014 (recodified)
Review Date:  August 2017

I. Purpose

To set forth policy regarding the community college system.

II. Definitions

No policy specific or unique definitions apply.

III. Board of Regents Policy

    A. The board shall develop and administer a system of community colleges.

    B. The intent of the board is to make the university accessible to every Hawai‘i resident who wants and can benefit from the opportunities and experiences provided by the community colleges.

    C. The university community colleges are a critical component of the university system. The community colleges are characterized by comprehensive programs, low tuition, open-door admission, educational guidance, high quality teaching, and responsiveness to their respective communities by remaining at the forefront of educational innovation.

    D. As a system, the community colleges offer collegiate liberal arts and science instruction, career and technical programs, developmental academic instruction, continuing education, public and community service programs, workforce development and training, related support services, and, upon board approval, programs in affiliation with other institutions where the community colleges are uniquely suited to engage in these specific offerings.

    E. The community colleges complement each other in programs and contribute as equal partners in the university’s lower division general education program.

    F. The board, in its capacity as regents and as members of the State Board for Career and Technical Education, directs the president to implement the following:

        1. Community colleges will continue to be open-admission, providing access to high school graduates and other adults age 18 or older who can benefit from its programs particularly disadvantaged residents.

        2. The community college campuses shall differentiate their roles and focus.

            a. The Oahu community colleges as a group shall continue to provide a comprehensive set of courses and programs. However, as each campus develops its special programmatic focus, individual colleges may reduce their comprehensiveness.

            b. The neighbor island community colleges shall continue to provide a comprehensive set of courses and programs, using both traditional and distance learning strategies.

        3. The strategic plan for the community colleges shall take into account predictable workforce requirements in the state and address how the campuses will respond.

        4. In cooperation with labor and management, the community colleges shall continue to provide educational leadership for apprenticeship training and related educational programs.

        5. Educational programs, including short-term certificate programs and non-credit programs shall be planned to maximize the career options offered and reach other than regularly enrolled students.

IV. Delegation of Authority

There is no policy specific delegation of authority.

V. Contact Information

Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges, 956-7038,

VI. References

VII. Exhibits and Appendices

No Exhibits and Appendices found


    Approved as to Form:    
    Cynthia Quinn    
    October 31, 2014    
    Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents


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