Robert W. Franco
Kapiolani Community College
Dr. Robert Franco is a recognized expert on contemporary Samoan, Polynesian, and Pacific Islander demographic, ecological, health, and cultural issues. He has published scholarly research on contemporary Samoan political and cultural change, traditional Hawaiian water management systems, and sociocultural factors affecting pelagic fisheries in Polynesia and Micronesia. He currently serves as the College's accreditation liaison to the ACCJC/WASC, Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Council on Education, Community College Survey of Student Engagement, Carnegie Foundation, and Campus Compact where he serves as Senior Faculty Fellow for Community Colleges. He conducts training, technical assistance and research dissemination in five states per year (35 states total) and provides community college, university, and conference audiences with research-based training designed to improve retention, degree completion, and transfer rates through service-learning, community-based research, and authentic partnerships. His current national research and training focuses on service-learning and reducing the minority academic achievement gap, and strengthening the liberal arts, workforce development and civic missions of community colleges. In 2008, he was selected a NSF-SENCER Leadership Fellow, and advisor to SENCER Center for Innovation (SCI) -Western Region. He also is the College's EPSCoR Coordinator and LSAMP Co-PI.