College admissions scandals are a dime a dozen, and the University of Hawaiʻi has no shortage of them.
But there’s one that’s caught the attention of a few prominent experts and journalists: Snhuhu College admissions, which were recently revealed to have admitted students with no formal education beyond the basics.
Snhudu has been around for nearly a decade, and according to a new report, the admissions scandal is a direct result of the university’s questionable admissions policies.
In the wake of the admissions debacle, Snhulu CEO Richard Kuiwa issued a statement calling the situation “a shocking and unfortunate situation that has impacted the entire university community,” according to the Hawaii News Now.
The company’s CEO said he “reached out to the university administration, to the Department of Justice, and to the U.S. Department of Education to address the issue.”
Snhuducas admissions process is “a very complex and challenging process that is extremely time-consuming, and it is extremely difficult to review each applicant’s application,” the company wrote.
The process can take up to two years.
The Snhuru website says the college admits approximately 1,300 students each year, though the company’s website does not say how many students are admitted annually.
The number of students admitted varies by year, but according to Snhuds website, there are approximately 1.5 million students enrolled in the college.
Sndudu also claims to have “over 50 percent of all applicants admitted,” which would put the total number of applicants admitted at 1.3 million.
The college’s website lists applications from students who applied to the school as well as those who did not, but those who applied are generally referred to as “unresolved” students.
According to Kuiwai, the university “will continue to work to address these issues and take all appropriate steps to restore the integrity of the application process.”
Kuiwa said he plans to discuss the admissions issue at a conference, but declined to specify what that would be.
He did say that he has been “working to develop a resolution” and that the company is “committed to working with the University to find a solution.”
The Snhunu College has been under scrutiny since 2016, when a reporter uncovered a photo of the school’s website.
The site lists the college’s “major” and “major departments” in the upper level of the online application, but it also lists other information like “major majoring in English, history, science, and other major subjects.”
The school says that the photo was taken in April, and Snhuu said that it was removed the next day.
However, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the photo had ever been taken by anyone outside of Snhudenu, and there was no immediate evidence that it had been edited or altered.
However, the Snhuddu College website lists Snhudiu as the college where students who took the test were also admitted.
According the website, the “major department” at Snhundu includes history, biology, chemistry, economics, chemistry major, music, political science, psychology, philosophy, and physics.
According to the site, “a large percentage” of applicants to the college are “not qualified to complete” the program.
The Snhuu College is not the only college in Hawaii to have faced a similar admissions scandal.
The University of the Islands admitted students without a degree in 2019, but that scandal was quickly covered by the local news media.
After the Snhuis admission, it was revealed that Snhūs admissions process was similar to the University, and students admitted without a formal education were still admitted to the same program as those with degrees.
That was the case for several years, but the University has since made a series of changes to its admissions policies, including removing the requirement for applicants to be able to pass the SATs in order to be admitted.