Chancellor’s Advisory Council Minutes

July 20, 2004


Present: Members - Del Adlawan, Steve Holaday, Richard Kipper, Dorvin Leis, Lorraine Tamaribuchi, Bill Wong

UHMCClyde Sakamoto, Scott Broadbent, Dan Kruse, Suzette Robinson, David Tamanaha.

Excused:  Susan Bendon, David Cole, Jeff Halpin, Nancy Johnson, John Kreag, Bob Lloyd, Martin Luna, Roger MacArthur, Howard Nakamura, Thomas Steinhauer, Anne Takabuki, Susan Takeda, Sarajean Tokunaga, Steve Williams, Leona Wilson.



Richard Kipper opened the meeting at 12:10.  The minutes from the April 20 meeting were approved.


Chancellor introduced Dan Kruse, new Academic Senate Chair and Dennis Vaillancourt, Director of the NSF-funded National Center of Excellence for High Performance Computing. 


Clyde presented an artist’s rendering of the proposed student housing project.  He and the developer plan to meet with the mayor and all project-relevant department heads in early August to fast-track the plan through the permitting process so as to open in Fall ‘06.  Mainland contractor AGORA working with local developer Tamio Iwado will build the $13 million project.  President/CEO.  Clyde asked Steve Holaday to help thank President/CEO Allen Doane and A&B for assisting with the purchase of the land.


Steve Holaday asked if water for the new facility is an issue.  Clyde responded that the mayor indicated that water will not be a problem.  There was discussion about marketing the facility.  The new Webmaster will help market it internationally and nationally via the internet.  Dorvin Leis asked about AC at the new housing facility.  Clyde said it will not be centrally air conditioned but that there would be an option for individual rooms to insert AC units.  The proposed Student Center renovation will be ACed.  Richard Kipper asked if there was a fallback position if the new housing facility is not filled. Clyde said it could be used for low income housing but does not anticipate problems filling it.


Clyde reviewed the change in administration at UH.  Evan supported MCC’s baccalaureate development, Provosts renamed to Chancellors reporting directly to the president and strategic plan initiatives.  Interim president David McClain is very capable and supportive of MCC.  Momentum should continue.


Three issues related to future funding throughout the UH system were presented – tuition increases, legislative/state support and student fees (distance learning, lab, etc). There are system-wide discussions about finding the right “balance.”  Increased funding from the state, particularly for operations, may not be realistic…as MCC has not seen an operational increase in four biennium budgets (8 years) except for collective bargaining additions..


The Applied Business and Information Technology bachelor of applied science degree program at MCC has been formally approved as a candidate for initial accreditation by the WASC Senior Commission.  A WASC Team will visit in the spring to review the program.  We are working on publicity for the new program and interviewing for two faculty positions.  Richard asked about the tuition cost.  Clyde said 300 level courses will require a higher level of tuition…like UH Hilo’s.  Current cost is $45 per credit.  300 level will be $60+.


Richard asked about the faculty’s opinion of offering a four-year program at MCC.  Dan Kruse said that several forums had been held to address concerns and that the faculty is uniformly in support.  Richard asked how the ABIT program might affect the University Center.  They will remain separate entities and function independently.  Clyde explained that when and if we offer a second four-year degree, we must then move into the Senior Commission which oversees the four-year accreditation environment with WASC.  Degrees will be earned from Maui Community College.  In the next year or so, we may consider a name change, perhaps to UH Maui College.


Dennis Vaillancourt presented information about the MCC National Center of Excellence

For High Performance Computing.  He presented background information, activities, information related to the HPC market and various application areas, nationally and locally.


Clyde reported that he would be meeting with the DOE superintendents and the mayor to discuss the PEG/Akaku issue.


Discussion followed about mission clarification.  CAC members will be invited to a community forum on August 13, 3-6 p.m. at Paina, where topics related to the future of MCC will be discussed.  For example, should we offer additional four-year curricula?  Are there other two year College curricula that may be needed in Maui County?  This will be the first step in examining our institutional priorities and refining and updating our strategic directions. 


Clyde discussed the survey, which was sent to 63,000 Maui homes with about 2,400 coming back.  The survey was instrumental in establishing the ABIT program.  Ninety-eight percent supported baccalaureate development on Maui. Other areas being studied are education, health, long term care, arts, biotech, defense related industry and tourism/visitor-related programs and opportunities.


Bill Wong said it is important not to grow beyond what we can support and control.


Richard asked about support from the county.  Clyde has discussed funding of $1 million to $2 million a year with the mayor.  The mayor indicated that he could support funding at this level if the council supports it.  Bill asked what we are doing to educate the council about MCC.   Clyde is meeting with individual members.  They will be invited to the forum. Richard asked if there should be a more concerted, formal effort.  Clyde asked what would be more effective, individual meetings or as a whole.  Dorvin said it would be much more effective in the group setting.   Del Adlawan added that he is not sure the council really knows about MCC.  Clyde said they have been invited to MCC but do not show consistently.  Bill said it is important to keep trying and to have an ongoing effort.


Richard shared that Joe Souki has told him that he does not support a four-year institution on Maui.  Clyde said he had not heard that from Joe recently and will talk with him.


Dan Kruse suggested creating materials that show the long term financial impact MCC has and could have on the community in the future.  Clyde said that he estimates MCC generates more than $30 million annually from general, tuition fee special, special and revolving, and federal funds. UH Hilo indicated that its research showed an average of $90 million of local economic impact on the Big Island in 1997 with a $23 million general fund. .


Richard suggested “polishing” the presentation and numbers to share with the Maui News.  He said perhaps the Business Education Department could assist.


Del asked how many students MCC could absorb with the current resources.  MCC currently enrolls about 3,000 students.  Clyde estimates we could handle up to 5,000 students.  Steve Holaday asked what the current percentage of classes offered at night is.  Suzette said it was 3 – 5 percent, but is now more than 10 percent.


Richard asked if we should be concerned about an outside university coming in to offer a four-year degree program.  Clyde said it could be a concern if it was a prestigious institution, but is not aware of anything in development.


Clyde reiterated that he had heard clearly from the CAC to proceed only as quickly as our resources will allow.  He said that as we cannot anticipate additional funding from the state, initiatives like student housing, the windmill are essential.shared that MCC is looking at a Swap Meet on campus that could generate at least $30,000 per year.  Clyde said we risk falling into the syndrome of “Two Maui’s,” one made up of people with resources and the other people who are desperate and have little hope.  MCC should offer a sense of hope and a career path for those willing to work.


Richard and Clyde reviewed the upcoming CAC schedule, thanked everyone for their input and support and the meeting was adjourned.


- Submitted by Scott Broadbent