The OAA administrators and faculty are organized into four colleges which together administer the academic programs on the Downtown, Hawai'i Loa and in the Military Campus programs.
Each academic program is home-based in one of these colleges, regardless of the campus on which its faculty teach or its courses are delivered. In addition, the delivery of any academic program in HPU's Military Campus programs located on military bases on Oahu, regardless of the college to which it belongs, is administered by the Dean, Military Campus Programs.
The OAA is headed by the Provost and Vice President of Academic Administration, who reports to the President of the University. Each of the colleges is headed by a dean who manages the academic programs of the college with a team of assistant/associate deans, department chairs, faculty council, faculty committees, and elected faculty officers. The deans also serve on the Academic Council where university-wide academic matters are deliberated and may serve, at the designation of the Vice President of Academic Administration, as ex officio members of the committees of the Faculty Assembly.
Other departments that report to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Administration include Enrollment Management, Student Life, Academic Advising, Career Services, the Library, the Office of Sponsored Projects (Grants), and the Study Abroad and International Student Exchange program.
Each faculty member, whether holding regular or adjunct status, is assigned to a college under the OAA and, according to his/her status, takes part in the governance of that college. The specific division to which a faculty is assigned is based upon his or her major academic discipline and the academic programs in which the discipline is located. Faculty who teach in several fields will have one college designated as their home base but may find that they take direction from more than one dean.
Recommendations on academic matters such as the approval of courses and curriculum, the planning of academic programs, the formulations of academic requirements for degrees and honors, and the selection and evaluation of faculty are made by the Vice President of Academic Administration to the President. These recommendations are based upon recommendations of the Academic Council, the Faculty Council and!or the Faculty Assembly. The processes of faculty governance are described in the Faculty Assembly By-laws.