To maintain the high quality of academic programs, Honolulu University has attained a number of memberships:
The Office of Consumer Protection under the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) is the state agency responsible for enforcing Hawaii’s Unaccredited Degree-Granting Institutions law codified in Chapter 446E.
American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation (AAHEA) has set the standards in higher education in the United States for 140 years through research, which makes it one of the oldest associations in the country dedicated to the advancement of higher education.
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) was the first nonprofit distance learning association in the United States to support distance learning research and development across the education, training, and communications sectors.
Global Universities in Distance Education (GUIDE) works to promote excellence in research, development, and use of e-learning by providing networking and exchange opportunities among universities and educational institutions.
*Honolulu University is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.
The Value of a Non-Traditional Degree
The results of a survey on the value of non-traditional degrees conducted by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare found that a non-traditional degree was just as useful as one from a traditional school with a good reputation. The survey involved responses from thousands of students with degrees from both accredited and unaccredited schools, and top HR officers at 81 large corporations.
An overwhelming majority felt that education was important, and the report said the findings “run counter to some popular beliefs” – yet the “survey data strongly suggest that employers… as a group, are not overly concerned with institutional reputation, and the external degree holders should not find themselves denied opportunities in employment settings because of the nature of their degree.” From students’ self-evaluations, 99% of the holders of non-traditional degrees felt that their degree was just as good as, or even better than, a traditional degree.
Two of the crucial issues studied here were the importance of accreditation, and how well-prepared the non-traditional degree holders were to undertake higher degree programs. The results showed that 94% of the non-traditional degree holders experienced no problems in graduate school admission of their choice.
In summary of this extensive survey, it shows that an unaccredited, non-traditional degree is extremely useful and valuable, whether for employment, job advancement, or further education. When surveyed, an average of two years after completing their non-traditional degree, more than 3/4 of the people felt a significant increase in their status and respect, and a vast majority had already got either a better job or a promotion or a pay raise.
(Source: Sosdian, Carol P. and Laure M. Sharp, The External Degree as Credential: Graduates’ Experiences in Employment and Further Study. Washington, D.C., US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1978.)