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RESOLUTION 1: The Hawaiian/Second Language Requirement

Whereas, in addition to improving written and oral communication and reasoning skills, proficiency in Hawaiian or a second language is an integral part of the University's mission to "prepare students to function effectively in a global society," and to "preserve and promulgate Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific language, history, and culture and provide students an education experience with an international dimension" (The University of Hawai'i Strategic Plan 1996-2001: "Goals," sec. III, C: p. 5; "Action Strategies," sec. V, 2: p. 9);

Therefore be it resolved that the following modification of the second/foreign language requirement be adopted.

The current Hawaiian/second language graduation requirement will be modified in the following manner: before graduation all students must show competency at the 202 level in Hawaiian or a second language. They may, however, demonstrate this proficiency upon admission to the university, based on prior study or experience with a heritage language.

Students who can demonstrate proficiency at any level will be granted the appropriate number of credits toward graduation (3-16 credits, depending upon the language and the placement level: i.e., 6-8 credits for placement into the second-year level, 12-16 credits for those who demonstrate proficiency at the 300-level). Individual language departments will be responsible for testing incoming students. All language divisions will be encouraged to develop courses that answer the specific needs of students in technical and professional fields and to work with the Department of Education to move forward in the implementation of the newly created DOE Foreign Language Standards.


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