Strategic Positioning for Hawaii Tokai International College

Through its rigorous educational programs, Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) prepares and encourages its students and graduates “to engage in activities that will promote world peace and international understanding.” “Peace,” as it is defined here, not only represents the absence of conflict, but also the conditions for humankind to prosper. In order to achieve its goal of fostering peace through education HTIC has developed the strategic positions set out below:

Reaffirm HTIC’s Mission

HTIC reaffirmed its mission on April 16, 2008 and continues to strive to strengthen its role as an institutional gateway for students interested in bridging the cultural, economic, social, and educational differences in the Asia-Pacific region. The College’s educational programs, such as the Discover Japan immersion program, Peace Education certificate, as well as the environmental context of its learning community, all focus on serving as an East-West gateway for students. HTIC plans to strategically position itself by expanding its immersion programs to China and South Korea, by increasing the number of students that transfer to four-year colleges/universities, and by continuing to strive to diversify its student body. By 2011, HTIC aims to ensure that all members in the community clearly understand HTIC’s mission, that 95 percent of graduates transfer to four-year college/universities throughout the world, and that 35 percent of the student population come from many different countries.

Creating Excellence in Student Learning and Services

Student success in achieving their academic and personal goals is of paramount importance at HTIC. As such, the College strives to enhance the quality of its programs and the learning environment by constantly reviewing the (College Preparatory, Liberal Arts, and International Programs) curricula, services provided to students, and the physical environment. In addition, the College is committed to improving the professionalism of the faculty and staff through use of an established evaluation system, a program for personnel development, and the hiring of qualified individuals. The result is the continual improvement of academic quality, the strengthening of student services, the promotion of a multilingual setting, and improved learning environment. By 2011, HTIC’s faculty and staff will understand and engage in continuous program review, assessing learning outcomes, and other appropriate data for evaluation, planning, and resource allocation. Doing so ensures the College has academic integrity and positions it to move forward in whatever direction it determines in its next strategic plan.

Sustain the Operational Integrity of HTIC

In order to realize its mission and improve the environment of its learning community, HTIC commits to shared governance, stable leadership, and a clean, safe physical environment by allocating the appropriate budget for improvements. By 2011, HTIC asserts that all faculty and staff will be committed to helping students to realize the mission and to creating a safe and comfortable physical environment that is financially sustainable. HTIC is strategically positioning itself by laying the groundwork to shift to a “green campus” that can be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design: LEED. Since HTIC encourages students “to engage in activities that will promote world peace,” the college commits to serving as a “role model” by creating an environmentally sensitive campus that supports human flourishing.

HTIC is strategically positioning itself to fulfill its mission to assist students “to engage in activities that will promote world peace and international understanding.” All the members of the HTIC community – trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, and students – are committed to working together to achieve this goal.

*AMENDED BYLAWS OF HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, Article I, “Purpose” Page 1, dated February 2, 2007.
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