“A Living Vision for an International Gateway”

Hawaii Tokai International College, an accredited American junior college, embraces an Educational Mission approved by its Board of Trustees, that is a set of living principles by which faculty, staff, and students strive for educational excellence. The Educational Mission of HTIC is the daily guide that fosters our learning community where students, instructors, administrators, and support staff have the opportunity to promote interactive learning in a multicultural environment. Please read this Mission Statement carefully so you understand the purpose of our educational programs, the quality of the support services that we offer, and how high quality learning is a living vision at HTIC.

Our Educational Mission

At HTIC, learning is an activity, expressed in many forms and in many settings. HTIC’s liberal arts studies, therefore, fosters a “learning community” where students are encouraged daily to realize their academic and personal growth through interactive, engaging educational projects. Recognizing that the HTIC classroom is largely “without walls,” students are also involved in the exploration of the larger Hawai‘i community so that “textbook learning” is applied to real life.

The HTIC classroom emphasizes critical thinking, cross-cultural awareness, effective written and verbal communication skills, and learning outcome performance. Academic innovation and interrelated studies are always supported at HTIC. Faculty are encouraged to utilize the newest technologies, reassess their methodology, and strive not simply to cover subjects, but to also uncover the active mind of the individual student.

The HTIC Learning Center, composed of the library, multimedia, computer, and other academic support systems, works to continually provide current technology with relevant materials presented in a user-friendly manner.

HTIC is an academic setting where multilingualism is respected and encouraged. The acquisition and use of a new language by students, faculty, and staff are strongly supported to promote language fluency among international students and to enhance the cross-cultural understanding among students, faculty, and staff.

HTIC is a student-centered environment. Administrators, faculty, and support staff recognize the individual needs of each student in the “learning community” and provide meaningful opportunities for the student’s academic and personal development. Students are supported in their efforts to stretch themselves, to test their abilities, and to succeed.

Students at HTIC are viewed as responsible adult learners who take an active role in their education with the support of professional instructors, staff, and administrators. Daily practices that result in high academic achievement, responsible personal attitudes, civility, and cross-cultural respect are expected of all students, faculty, and staff who belong to the HTIC “learning community.”

HTIC celebrates the multicultural background of its administrators, faculty, staff, and students, treating everyone within the “learning community” with fairness, respect for cultural differences, and appreciation for their many similarities. By doing so, the school engages in actively developing and promoting responsible global citizens.

HTIC provides an international gateway for students’ interested in bridging the cultural, economic, social, and educational differences in the Asia-Pacific region. Students who wish to pursue four-year degrees at American universities or Tokai University campuses in Japan are prepared to successfully make the transition into baccalaureate and advanced degree programs. With the emphasis on critical thinking, cross-cultural sensitivity, and effective written and verbal communication skills, students interested in entering occupations in the private or public sectors also greatly benefit from the gateway opportunities provided at HTIC.

Achieving Our Mission:

HTIC's Learning Outcomes

To facilitate the accomplishment of the goals of the mission statement, these institutional learning outcomes are an integral part of the courses, programs and services of the HTIC learning community. All courses offered at HTIC will incorporate these learning outcomes as appropriate. Each term, selected classes will be designated as intensive classes and will stress these specific outcomes: writing, oral communication, and/or cooperative learning.

1. Effective Written Communication:

Students will demonstrate an ability to write effective English language essays of varying length and styles with a minimum of grammatical and spelling errors.

2. Critical Thinking:

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills through effective problem-solving. This involves being able to define a problem (in any field of discipline with the approval of a mentor); research pertinent information for the solution of the problem; recognize stated and unstated assumptions; formulate and select relevant and promising hypotheses; draw conclusions validly and judge the validity of inferences.

3. Effective Oral Communication:

Students will give an English language oral presentation which demonstrates clarity of expression, persuasiveness or argument, and originality in style.

4. Global Citizenship:

Students will demonstrate their awareness of international affairs and global citizenship by identifying an issue in international relations (environmental, political, social, or economic), research an appropriate international organization that is trying to resolve the problem, and propose a personal course of action.

5. Second-Language Proficiency:

Students will demonstrate fluency in a second language during their course of study at HTIC.

6. Cross-Cultural Awareness:

Students will demonstrate cross-cultural awareness through participating in experiences which require them to live, work, or consistently interact with people of different backgrounds.

7. Computer Literacy:

Students will demonstrate a basic ability to use PC and MAC computers with a proficiency to utilize general software applications.

8. Effective/Active Reading Skills:

Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively read and discuss the content of English language fiction and non-fiction books during their course of study at HTIC.

9. Cooperative Learning:

Students will demonstrate their ability to work cooperatively in groups and to contribute to the glearning communityh and the larger society.

10. Creativity:

Students will complete a work of creativity, such as a production of visual artwork, literary work, musical composition, or video film.

11. Core/Body of Knowledge:

Students will demonstrate an intellectual competency in a basic liberal arts education encompassing the areas of Language Arts and Literature, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social Science.

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