Statement of Accreditation Status
University of Hawai’i at Hilo

200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
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: 
Monday, July 27, 2020
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: 
Role Name Title E-mailsort descending
Director Institutional Research Bradley "Brad" Thiessen Director of Institutional Research bat20 [at]
Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Irwin Chancellor bdirwin [at]
Board of Directors Chair Benjamin Kudo bor [at]
Chief Financial Officer Kalei Rapoza Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs kaleihii [at]
Chief Academic Officer Kristen "Kris" Roney Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs ksroney [at]
Accreditation Liaison Officer Seri Luangphinith Professor of English and Accreditation Liaison Officer seri [at]
Degree Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Accounting Bachelors 2007 On-Site
Administration of Justice Bachelors 2020 Distance Education
Administration of Justice Bachelors 2002 On-Site
Agriculture Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Anthropology Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Art Bachelors 1987 On-Site
Astronomy Bachelors 1994 On-Site
Biology Bachelors 1970 On-Site
BS In Aeronautical Sciences Bachelors 2020 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 2012 Distance Education
Business Administration Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Chemistry Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Communication Bachelors 2012 Distance Education
Communication Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Computer Science Bachelors 1987 On-Site
Counseling Psychology Masters 2020 Distance Education
Counseling Psychology Masters 2004 On-Site
Education Masters 2000 On-Site
Education Masters 2015 Distance Education
English Bachelors 2020 Distance Education
English Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Environmental Science Bachelors 2005 On-Site
Gender & Women's Studies Bachelors 2015 On-Site
Geography Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Geology Bachelors 1985 On-Site
Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization Research Doctorate 2006 On-Site
Hawaiian Language and Literature Masters 1998 On-Site
Hawaiian Studies Bachelors 1984 On-Site
Heritage Management Masters 2015 On-Site
History Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Indigenous Language and Culture Education Masters 2011 Distance Education
Indigenous Language and Culture Education Masters 2006 On-Site
Japanese Studies Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Liberal Studies Bachelors 2020 Distance Education
Liberal Studies Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Linguistics Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Marine Science Bachelors 1993 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Natural Science Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Nursing Bachelors 2012 Distance Education
Nursing Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Nursing Practice Professional Doctorate 2012 Distance Education
Performing Arts Bachelors 2003 On-Site
Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Doctorate 2011 On-Site
Pharmacy Professional Doctorate 2007 On-Site
Pharmacy Studies Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Philosophy Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Physics Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 2020 Distance Education
Political Science Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 2002 Distance Education
Psychology Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Teaching Masters 2013 On-Site
Teaching Masters 2013 Distance Education
Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Masters 2004 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Fall 2021 Accreditation Visit

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