Statement of Accreditation Status
University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu

91-1001 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, HI 96707
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, February 20, 2015
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Sharon Valente Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation valentes [at]
Board of Directors Chair Lee Putnam Chair, University of Hawaii Board of Regents bor [at]
Chief Academic Officer Jeffrey Moniz Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs jmoniz [at]
Chief Executive Officer Maenette Benham Chancellor mbenham [at]
Chief Financial Officer Kevin Ishida Vice Chancellor Administrative Services kevini [at]
Director Institutional Research John Stanley Director of Institutional Research jstanley [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Applied Forensic Anthropology Non-degree 2006 On-Site
Applied Science Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Asian Studies Non-degree 2017 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1981 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1981 Distance Education
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Non-degree 2014 Distance Education
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Education Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Health Care Administration Non-degree 2007 Distance Education
Health Care Administration Non-degree 2007 On-Site
Humanities Bachelors 1978 On-Site
Music Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Public Administration Bachelors 1981 On-Site
Public Administration Bachelors 1981 Distance Education
Risk Management and Insurance Non-degree 2012 Distance Education
Risk Management and Insurance Non-degree 2012 On-Site
Social Sciences Bachelors 2001 Distance Education
Social Sciences Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies Non-degree 2003 On-Site
Substance Abuse and Addictions Studies Non-degree 2003 Distance Education
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2019 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2021 Offsite Review
Spring 2022 Accreditation Visit

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