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Hawaii’s higher educational system consists of the University of Hawaii system, which includes the flagship campus in Honolulu and three other schools across the state, seven community colleges, and five education centers. The state is also home to almost 20 notable private for- and non-profit institutions, such as the University of Phoenix, Brigham Young University, Hawaii Pacific University, and Chaminade University of Honolulu. The University of Hawaii system is managed by the university’s Board of Regents, a 15-member body that is responsible for formulating policy and overseeing the school’s operations, such as its budget, academics, and student affairs. The Board of Regents is also responsible for overseeing the state’s community colleges.
The University of Hawaii is the state’s only public university. Its main campus, the University of Hawaii – Manoa in Honolulu, awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, tropical agriculture, architecture, and more. The institution, founded in 1907, also has campuses in Pearl City, Kaneohe, Hilo, and Kahului. The U.S. News & World Report placed the University of Hawaii – Manoa at No. 89 in its ranking of the top public schools in the country for 2012, and its graduate earth sciences and education programs were ranked No. 34 and No. 49, respectively. The University of Hawaii also offers accredited online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in nursing, business administration, education, psychology, social science, and more.
Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private non-profit institution that offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees to its more than 2,800 students. Founded in 1955, Chaminade University is the only Catholic higher educational institution in Hawaii. Through its academic programs, the university seeks to encourage academic excellence, professional preparation, close involvement with peers and professors, a supportive campus atmosphere, and multi-cultural awareness and understanding. The university offers associate degrees in liberal arts, business administration, criminology and criminal justice, and early childhood education, as well as bachelor’s degrees in English, management, elementary education, and more online.
Argosy University is a private, for-profit institution that has campuses across the country, including in Honolulu. The university in Hawaii offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, education, health sciences, and psychology and behavioral sciences to its 533 students. Argosy University also offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs to students from any location. The university’s online areas of study include psychology, business, liberal arts, criminal justice, adult education and training, higher and postsecondary education, counseling psychology, and human resource management.