UH Manoa Earns Maximum Reaccreditation

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A decade after teetering on the edge of losing its accreditation, the University of Hawaii Manoa has received the maximum reaccreditation term possible from its accrediting organization.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted UH Manoa a 10-year reaccreditation period, Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw announced Thursday at a UH Board of Regents meeting. It's a significant milestone for any school, but especially UH Manoa, which in 1999 received a reaccreditation that was granted in spite of some "major concerns" that led to a series of special visits from WASC officials in the years that followed.

Hinshaw received the good news earlier this week but waited to announce it at the meeting. Only a few colleges ever achieve 10-year accreditation terms, she said.

"This is a tremendous affirmation of all the great work and progress that is being accomplished at UH Manoa — truly a great Manoa Moment!" Hinshaw wrote later Thursday in a campus-wide email.

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