Women’s College In The Works For East

Wednesday - January 04, 2012
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An East Oahu women’s college begins online classes this month and will have in-class instruction by next fall.

Hawaii Pacific University adjunct instructor Carol Parker believes the area makes the most sense, and she has a site in mind possibly in Kalama Village Center.

“East Oahu is the only place on the island that doesn’t already have a higher education institute,” explained Parker, who came to the Islands in 1998. As president of the new Pacific Women’s College, she said it’s important for women who put their education on hold because of families or careers, as well as for Native Hawaiians.

Queen Liliuokalani wanted to start a women’s college in Hawaii, after her visit to Mills College, Parker noted. “She knew that educating women was the way to educate children and have a highly educated community.

“Colleges were started by men to educate men,” she added. “The assumption was made that men and women learn exactly the same way, but men tend to be more competitive while women are more collaborative.”

From her doctoral research, Parker also found that the female drop-out rate in a coeducational institute is about 47 to 54 percent, but at a women’s college the rate is cut to less than 20 percent.

“If we as women see other women in positions of authority, we have a way to observe women being successful.”

Tuition for a trimester at PWC is $2,500. The college will admit up to 10 students per class, who will Skype with professors. Parker said that as PWC acquires the technology for it, enrollment can go up to 25 per class. Subjects and registration details are at pacificwomenscollege.org.

With three trimesters a year, a woman can earn her bachelor’s degree in three years. Up to 2,500 students can register for classroom instruction next fall, and 1,500 can enroll for online classes. This year marks the beginning of baccalaureate degrees; a master’s program will start 2013, a doctorate program in 2014 and a law school in 2015.

The college and its board of trustees kicked off a $25-million capital campaign Jan. 1 to fund a facility, classrooms, technology and an increase in faculty and student support and program development.

To support the effort, send a check or money order to Pacific Women’s College, P.O. Box 25714, Honolulu, HI 96825 or donate online at the website.

For more information, call 277-6510 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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