March 6-8, 2019
University of San Diego
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Robert Franco

Kapi'olani Community College and University of Hawai'i
Director, Institutional Effectiveness
Honolulu, HI
Dr. Robert Franco is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on contemporary Hawaiian, Samoan, and Pacific Islander sociocultural issues. As Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness (OFIE), he supervises institutional researchers who conduct quantitative studies of student engagement, learning, and achievement, specifically degree completion and transfer. He also supervises a Grants Development Specialist who assists in numerous successful grants to the National Science Foundation, HUD, and the Departments of Education and Labor. He currently leads Kapi'olani Strategic Planning, facilitating campus dialogues to define new graduation, enrollment, innovation, service learning, and sustainability goals for 2016-2021. He also leads campus Civic Action Planning. For Campus Compact and NSF-SENCER, he conducts training, technical assistance and research dissemination in 5-10 states per year and provides community college, university, and conference audiences with research-based training designed to improve retention, degree completion, and transfer rates through service learning, undergraduate research, internships, and authentic public and private partnerships. He is also President-elect (2019-2021) of the Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education for the National Council for Science and the Environment. He recently led a three-year Teagle Foundation project entitled “Student Learning for Civic Capacity: Stimulating Moral, Ethical, and Civic Engagement for Learning that Lasts.” The project engaged 60 faculty at six community colleges in five states in qualitative and quantitative assessments of service-learning outcomes. He currently leads, with university colleagues in Hawai’i, Alaska, and New York, a three-year Keck Foundation grant in five western states entitled, “Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science.”