Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Frankie Harriss, VCAA


Frankie Harriss, VCAA
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Kaua'i CC
Phone: (808) 245-8203

Frankie has 29 years of experience as an educator, 29 years with community colleges, 14 years in developing countries, 16 years as a faculty member, 12 years of community college leadership, and 11 years at the executive level. Her international experience includes the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Frankie holds a doctorate of education in higher education from the University of Liverpool, a master of science in botany from the University of South Florida, Tampa, and a bachelor of science in biological sciences from San Diego State University.

The primary purpose of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is to supervise and coordinate all functions concerned with credit instruction, academic support services, and extramural grants as they relate to the College's credit program.

The unit is responsible for ensuring instructional programs are consistent with the Strategic Plan of the College, reviewing new program proposals, evaluating program outcomes, and recommending personnel actions such as hiring, promotion, tenure, etc. The VCAA is the key member of the Chancellor's executive leadership team and is the academic affairs (instruction) area's chief operating officer. She is charged with providing leadership and coordination on behalf of the campus in planning, developing, organizing, directing, and evaluating all instructional programs, policies, procedures, and guidelines.

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 Academic Affairs Core Values
and Principles of Best Practices ‘ohana

‘āina ola ha‘aha‘a
  • Fulfill your professional and personal responsibility (kuleana) for the sustainability of the campus.
  • Be mindful about your relationships to this island and its people.
  • Share and use college resources responsibly and sustainably.
  • Encourage success by providing appropriate resources and needed support.
  • Provide a safe space.
  • Be mindful in the application of your words so they are used with integrity and thoughtfulness for their power.
  • Encourage experimentation and innovation without fear of failure by providing a safe space.
  • Communicate clearly to limit misunderstandings.
  • Practice humility to avoid arrogance.
  • Work and lead in service to others.
  • Respect others and yourself.
  • Seek to understand and honor diverse perspectives.
  • Look within before reacting.
  • Identify and respect what is working and embrace positive changes when necessary.
ahonui nānā i ke kumu aloha
  • Practice patience and empathy in your interactions with others. Employ healthy coping strategies to manage stress and maintain mental, emotional, and physical health.
  • Provide opportunities to foster growth and leadership in others.
  • Act in a professional manner, with collegiality and civility, to help the group attain its goals.
  • Be constructive rather than disparaging.
  • Address differences and conflicts with openness while working towards consensus.
  • Seek knowledge from many sources.
  • Use every situation and task as a teaching and learning opportunity.
  • Engage in continuous professional and self-improvement.
  • Be constructively self-reflective to find resources within yourself.
  • Learn from mistakes.
  • Inspire others.
  • Be appreciative, welcoming, kind, and supportive.
  • Exhibit compassion, grace, charity, and forgiveness towards others.
  • Give and receive gratitude (aloha aku, aloha mai).
  • Mālama kākou.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes