Professor Shortage Knocks Two Dozen UH Students Off-Track for Graduation
Seniors in the rigorous dietetics program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa may not be able to graduate at the end of this year because there is no one to teach a mandatory class.
University administrators can't find a suitable accredited teacher to oversee a one-year course that two dozen or so seniors need to complete to earn their undergraduate degree.
Without the class, the students won't be able to fulfill the final steps necessary to become registered dietitians, which is why some fear being trapped in academic limbo that will delay their entry into their profession.
“It’s not just our education, it’s our careers,” said student Danielle Vivarttas, 27.