UH West Oʻahu’s Sustainable Community Food Systems program has been ranked as the second-best program nationally when it comes to delivering higher education in sustainable agriculture at an affordable price.
CollegeValuesOnline.com ranked the Top 20 Sustainable Agriculture Degree Programs by net price and found only one school, California State University, Stanislaus, that beat UH West Oʻahu in the affordability ranking.
“The U of H at West Oahu has taken an interesting approach to sustainability by emphasizing community food systems,” the online college rating service said. “Learning is intentionally hands-on and practical, encouraging students to advance in their understanding of what is environmentally responsible by solving problems.”
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a concentration in Sustainable Community Food Systems pay a net price of $7,820 annually, said CollegeValuesOnline.com, which reviewed 54 U.S. colleges for affordability in sustainable agriculture and food systems programming. The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Bachelor of Science in Tropical Plant Sciences and Agroecology ranked No. 4 on the list.
UH West Oʻahu’s concentration in Sustainable Community Food Systems is designed to prepare students for jobs in the sustainable food and agriculture sector in the state of Hawaii and elsewhere. The SCFS Program is designed to provides a multi-disciplinary, experiential and applied education for developing student comprehension of key ecological and social issues regarding agricultural and food systems.