OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State to sign dual-enrollment agreement with Kapi`olani Community College

12/04/2009

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Deepening its long history and ties with Hawaii, Oregon State University will enter into a “degree partnership agreement” on Monday that will allow Kapi`olani Community College graduates to seamlessly and efficiently continue their undergraduate studies with OSU.

OSU President Ed Ray, Kapi`olani Community College Chancellor Leon Richards and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Louise Pagotto will sign the agreement during a meeting set for 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ohelo Culinary Arts Building’s the Tamarind Room, 4303 Diamondhead Road in Honolulu.

Kapi`olani Community College serves more than 8,200 degree-seeking students on its Honolulu campus with 49 degree programs in disciplines ranging from arts and sciences to legal education.  Established in 1946 as a technical school, it became part of the “open door” community college system of the University of Hawaii in 1965.

It becomes the 20th community college to have a dual-enrollment memorandum of understanding with OSU – a group that includes all members of the Oregon community college system, Hawaii Community College and Leeward Community College.  Maui Community College also plans to sign a similar agreement in the near future.

The arrangements provide for joint academic advising, allow students to begin building OSU credits while studying at their community college campus and make it easier for students to transfer to the university as they complete their associate degrees.

OSU is Oregon’s largest public research university, with operations in every Oregon county and a student body of nearly 22,000 that comes from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. This fall, 357 OSU students are from Hawaii. Only California and Washington are more widely represented among OSU students.

For more information, contact Kate Peterson at 541-737-0759.