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Hoʻonui ʻIke (HI) is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study and coaching sessions. Group study sessions are regularly-scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items.

Coaching sessions address affective college skills. Students learn how to be resourceful and successful in the college setting. The group study sessions and coaching sessions are facilitated by “Alaka’i”, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, take notes, and act as model students.

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The HI Program was piloted at WCC in Spring 2016 under a US Department of Education Title III grant Kahua Ho’ona’auao. Since then, the HI Program has served 276 students per semester on average, with 37.32% of those attending one or more study/coaching session(s).

The data show that students who attend sessions succeeded (with an A, B, or C grade) at a rate of 73.50%, while those who did not attend succeeded at a rate of 55.12%. Furthermore, the average mean final course grade for the HI group is 2.63, while the average mean final course grade for non-attendees is 2.15.

Fall 2016 Mean Course GPA Comparison. Numbers are Mean Course GPA.
Study Sessions - HI Group: 2.78, Non-HI Group: 2.22
Coaching Sessions - HI Group 2.54, Non-HI Group: 2.41
Fall 2016 Success (A,B, and C grades) Numbers are Percentage of Success.
Study Sessions - HI Group: 76%, Non-HI Group: 55%
Coaching Sessions - HI Group: 68%, Non-HI Group: 64%


  • Title III Student Employee Coordinator – Scott Sutherland
  • Hale Laʻakea 230
  • 808-235-7467


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