Situated on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is an accredited college that offers three bachelor of applied science degrees, a wide variety of associate degrees and certificates, as well as distance learning degrees through its UH Center on campus. UHMC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools & College.
With small class sizes, a low student to faculty ratio, math labs and career counseling, UHMC students enjoy personalized, individual attention and the support they need to be successful in school and their future careers.
The University of Hawai‘i Maui College inspires students to develop knowledge and skills in pursuit of academic, career, and personal goals in a supportive educational environment that emphasizes community engagement, life long learning, sustainable living, Native Hawaiian culture, and global understanding.
The faculty and staff of UH Maui College aspire to embody the following Core Values through their work serving the educational needs of students:
- Aloha – Affection, compassion, sympathy, kindness, grace, charity; to show kindness, mercy, charity.
- Kuleana – Right, privilege, concern, responsibility, title, business, property, estate, portion, jurisdiction, authority, liability, interest, claim, ownership; reason, cause, function, justification.
- Lōkahi – Unity, agreement, accord, unison, harmony; agreed, in unity.
- Mālama – To take care of, tend, attend, care for, preserve, protect, beware, save, maintain: care, preservation, support, loyalty: custodian, care taker, keeper.
- Manaʻolana – Hope, confidence, expectation; to hope.
- Pono – Goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, ethical, correct or proper procedures, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, behalf, equity, sake, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, correct; should, ought, necessary.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
To qualify for graduation, students demonstrate the following abilities at a level of rigor appropriate for their degree:
- Apply essential skills and knowledge of a technical or academic field to perform tasks, address challenges, and solve problems
- Address social, environmental, or economic issues through work that exemplifies effective interaction in real-world situations
- Integrate multiple perspectives and a broad context of understanding to interpret problems, issues, and artifacts
- Solve problems utilizing mathematical models, methods, and effective quantitative reasoning
- Write and speak effectively to convey ideas that meet the needs of specific audiences and purposes
- Apply creativity and analytical thinking to convey ideas, address challenges, and seek solutions to problems
- Find, evaluate, and share information effectively and responsibly
University of Hawaiʻi Maui College is the largest neighbor island college in the University of Hawaiʻi system, and serves the educational needs of residents of the three islands that comprise Maui County: Molokai, Lanaʻi, and Maui.
The College is an outgrowth of the Maui Vocational School established in 1931. In 1958 the Department of Public Instruction authorized the name change to Maui Technical School, denoting an upgrade of vocational education to a technical level. In 1964, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature enacted the Community College Act establishing a statewide community college system under the University of Hawaiʻi. Maui Technical School was incorporated into this system on July 1, 1965, and transferred from jurisdiction of the Department of Education to the University of Hawaiʻi.
In 1966, the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaiʻi authorized the College to confer the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees and approved the name change to Maui Community College, effective July 1, 1966. In September 1967, the first lower division transfer courses were offered. Up until 2009 Maui Community College was one of seven community colleges in the University of Hawaiʻi System and part of a ten campus University of Hawaiʻi System. In Spring of 2010, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission Board approved the name change from Maui Community College to University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, which provided a more accurate reflection of the college’s three baccalaureate degrees.
Maui College networked faculty to terminals connected to a DEC VAX Computer and established the first higher education cable television channel delivering instruction to its tri-isle service area in 1983. By 1988, the college constructed a tri-isle interactive television system. With the completion of Kaʻaʻike Instructional Telecommunications facility in 2001, Maui College opened its television and audio studios, digital media and electronic and computer engineering technology labs, and seven interactive TV classrooms.
Fall 2003, Maui College opened its culinary arts facility and began its Maui Oral Health Center in Kahului. Since 1995 five new classroom and computer lab supporting buildings have been added to the campus: Ka Lama, Kaʻaʻike, Kupaʻa, Laulima, and Paʻina, and Ike Leʻa, a new $26 million science facility, opened its doors in the Spring of 2013.