Susan Nishida

Director of Articulation and Transfer

University of Hawai'i System

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Susan Nishida

Director of Articulation and Transfer

University of Hawai'i System

In the role of Director of Articulation and Transfer for the 10-campus University of Hawai‘i System, Susan provides leadership and guidance on academic policies, course and program articulations and implements strategies to improve transfer from two-year to four-year campuses. She also serves on the Hawai‘i Graduation Initiative Team, which is responsible for increasing the graduation rates to achieve the state’s 55 by ’25 goal (55 percent of working age adults having a two- or four-year degree by 2025). Since its launch in 2012, Susan maintains the award-winning 15 to Finish campaign that encourages students to take 15 credits per semester (or 30 credits in a year) to graduate on-time.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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