HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

547

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

H.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

S.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the establishment of a graduation pathway system, with its potential to strengthen educational outcomes for higher education students across the State, is a matter of statewide concern.

The purpose of this measure is to direct the University of Hawaii to explore additional administrative measures to provide students with guidance to increase the rate of on-time graduation and authorize the development of a graduation pathway system, which includes structured, default pathways to graduation, meta-majors, academic maps, cornerstone classes, and highly-structured options.

SECTION 2. Chapter 304A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to subpart A of part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"304A-   Graduation pathway system. (a) The university shall explore administrative measures to provide guidance to students to increase the rate of on-time graduation. In exploring such administrative measures, the university may consider the development of a graduation pathway system to direct students toward appropriate options to complete a major course of study, graduate within a reasonable period of time, and understand the dynamics of the local employment market.

(b) If the university elects to develop a graduation pathway system, the system shall include the following elements:

(1) Structured, default pathways wherein upon choosing a major course of study, students are defaulted into the required classes they need to complete to graduate with a baccalaureate degree in that course of study;

(2) Meta-majors, which shall include broad clusters of majors and which shall include breadth requirements appropriate to the types of majors in each category;

(3) Academic maps, including a sequential, prescriptive schedule of classes for each meta-major and major course of study;

(4) Cornerstone classes that are prerequisites designated for each semester and which shall be taken in a recommended sequence and are guaranteed to be available in the sequence and terms designed in the academic maps;

(5) An intrusive advising model that includes the use of high school performance and other measures to recommend broad academic pathways and present default pathways;

(6) A highly-structured option including block schedules of classes and cohorts of students and where students choose programs or major courses of study with mandated class schedules, rather than individual classes; and

(7) Data on the dynamics of the local employment market, including employment availability.

(c) If the university elects to develop a graduation pathway system, it shall be responsible for the establishment of policies and procedures designed to support the system."

SECTION 3. If the University of Hawaii elects to develop a graduation pathway system, it shall submit a report to the legislature on its efforts to explore administrative measures to provide guidance to students within the University of Hawaii system to increase the rate of on-time graduation, including updates on progress toward the development of the graduation pathway system, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2016.

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for the purposes of this Act.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the University of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $           or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for the establishment of      full-time equivalent (     FTE) permanent positions in the University of Hawaii systems office for the purposes of this Act.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the University of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 6. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2525.


 


 

Report Title:

Graduation Pathway System; University of Hawaii; Appropriation

 

Description:

Directs the University of Hawaii to explore administrative measures to provide guidance to students to increase the rate of on-time graduation. Authorizes the development and implementation of a graduation pathway system. Appropriates funds. Effective 7/1/2525. (SD1)

 

 

 

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