By 2020, 70% of jobs in Hawaiʻi will require a career certificate or a college degree
47% of adults in Hawaiʻi currently have an associates degree or higher, leaving a gap of 23%.
Did you know that out of 100 first-time freshmen who enroll at the University of Hawaiʻi (based on the Fall 2011 cohort):
29 attend a 4-year public college as a full-time, bachelor’s degree-seeking student. Of these, 22 will return to college as a sophomore, and just 7 will graduate on time (4 years), while 9 will graduate in 6 years.
42 will attend a 2-year public college as a full-time, associates degree-seeking student. Of these, 26 will return to college as a sophomore, and just 2 will graduate on time (2 years), while 6 will graduate in 3 years and 4 in 4 years.
For too many students, the path to college ends with no degree—and often lots of debt.
For the first time in our history, the current generation of college-age Americans will be less educated than their parents’ generation—unless things change quickly.
Full-time students attending the University of Hawaiʻi’s 2 or 4-year campuses need to earn 15 credits or more per semester to graduate on time. Students who have a plan to earn 15 credits per semester are more likely to complete college on time, earn better grades and have higher completion rates than students who are not on track to graduate on time.
Data show that time, not tuition, is the enemy of college completion. The longer it takes to graduate, the more life gets in the way and the less likely that one will ever graduate. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, less than half of U.S. college students graduate. (Washington Post, Feb. 4, 2012)
At the University of Hawaiʻi’s four-year campuses, a full-time student earning 15 credits per semester does not pay more tuition than a student earning 12 credits per semester. Taking 15 credits not only saves money, but also puts the student on track to earn their degree and start their career sooner than those who take longer to graduate. Currently in Hawaiʻi, on average, full-time students take 5.4 years to earn a 4-year degree.
At the University’s community colleges, students pay by the credit, but they are also encouraged to take 15 credits per semester to earn their degree in 2-years. Currently at UH, on average, full-time students take 3.6 years to earn a 2-year degree. Those who graduate with a degree in 2 years not only save time, but they also start their careers sooner than those who take longer to graduate.