UHMC Executive Committee

Minutes of the Meeting of Tuesday, January 3, 2012


1.            Attendance.  The meeting was convened at 2:05 p.m. in Ka‘aike  109.  Present were Chancellor Clyde Sakamoto, Nicole Beattie, Vice Chancellor Jose Bernier, Mark Cook, Kahele Dukelow, David Grooms, Mikahala Helm, Kerry Holokai, Kulamanu Ishihara, Kaleikoa Ka‘eo, Liane Koga, Vice Chancellor John McKee, Brian Moto, Allan Pan-Takase, Vice Chancellor Alvin Tagomori, Vice Chancellor David Tamanaha, Lori Teragawachi, Ray Tsuchiyama, Susan Wyche, and Elaine Yamashita. 

2.            Enrollment.  Vice Chancellor Tagomori reported that enrollment as of January 3, 2012 was 3,795, 3.9% lower than last year’s total of 3,981.  Applications are down 180 from last year.  Continuing students total 2,969 or 65.5%, from Fall 2011 to Spring 2012.

                Vice Chancellor Tagomori distributed copies of a spreadsheet entitled, “Undergraduate Headcount by Major.”   Vice Chancellor McKee observed that the decline in Health Services enrollment may be due in part to procrastination.  The closure of the UHMC Business Office during Winter Break may also have affected student enrollment.

                Vice Chancellor Tagomori said that it is possible that academic counseling may have caused students to be more careful in credit course load.  Further, federal health care reform has provided for extension of parental health insurance coverage to more college-age students.  Although financial aid is now contingent upon satisfactory academic progress, no students have yet been suspended due to the new academic probation policy.  However, now that grades are in from the semester just concluded, UHMC may begin to see the impact of the academic probation policy.

                Kī‘ope Raymond reported that he is getting email from many students seeking to enroll in his classes.

3.            Convocation.  Convocation is scheduled for Thursday, January  5, 2012.  The program will recognize retirees, introduce new faculty and staff, report on the pending request for approval of  emeritus status for four retired faculty, report on social media initiatives and on information technology projects, and discuss strategic planning. 

4.            Budget.  Vice Chancellor Tamanaha reported that Spring 2012 revenue may be down 5.5% or about $200,000.

5.            Lau‘ulu Proposal.  Members of the Lau‘ulu Council presented and discussed a draft “Native Hawaiian Student Affairs Model, University of Hawai‘i Maui College.”  The proposal is to be part of a larger Pūko‘a Council initiative.  (The Pūko‘a Council is composed of representatives of councils from each University of Hawai‘i campus.  Among the Pūko‘a Council’s purposes is to provide advice and information to the University President on issues of particular relevance for Native Hawaiians and for Native Hawaiian culture, language, and history.)

                The proposal arises as a response to the University of Hawai‘i Community College’s Strategic Outcomes and Performance Measures 2008-2015, which set as a goal the positioning of the University “as one of the world’s foremost indigenous-serving universities by supporting the access and success of Native Hawaiians.”   The proposal is also a response to UHMC Strategic Plan Goal 3, Objective 2, which states:  “Strengthen the crucial role that the College performs for the indigenous people and general population of Maui County by actively preserving and perpetuating Hawaiian culture, language, and values.”

                Kaleikoa Ka‘eo provided an overview of a history of University-related Native Hawaiian councils and task forces, programs and initiatives, and budgeting and staffing.

                As discussed by Kulamanu Ishihara on behalf of Lau‘ulu, the proposal is designed to target five problems or matters of concern: 

         i.            Native Hawaiian students are academically underprepared when entering UHMC;

       ii.            Native Hawaiian students are overrepresented on the Academic Probation list;

      iii.            Native Hawaiian students have a lower than expected graduation rate than Non-Hawaiian students;

     iv.            Native Hawaiian students at the UHMC Outreach Education Centers (Hāna, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Lāhainā) have inequitable access to Student Affairs support services in comparison to Native Hawaiian students at the Kahului campus; and

       v.            The Hawaiian enrollment at UHMC has increased from 723 Native Hawaiian students in 2006 to 1,574 Native Hawaiian students in Fall 2011. 


                Under the proposal, a new position of UHMC Vice Chancellor for Native Hawaiian Student Affairs would be established.  Reporting to the Vice Chancellor would be new APT, student assistant, and instructor/counselor positions assigned to matters relating to project management, the Maui community, the Kahului campus, and the Outreach Education Centers.  Total estimated annual cost of the new positions is approximately $ 1.65 million.

                The new positions would be focused on recruitment, retention, and other student support services for Native Hawaiian students and other students wanting to participate.  The proposed model would not replace existing Student Affairs programs, but is intended to strengthen the institution for Native Hawaiian students and UHMC as a whole.   The proposal seeks not to segregate Native Hawaiians, but to identify, and address, needs and challenges pertaining to Native Hawaiians.

                Kulamanu Ishihara observed that, prior to the establishment of the Pūko‘a Council in 2000, there were only 145 Native Hawaiian faculty.  In 2010, there were 257 Native Hawaiian faculty.  It was also noted that the draft Lau‘ulu proposal arises in the context of discussions and efforts to adopt a Hawaiian Studies Associate of Arts degree systemwide and to indigenize the UH system.

                Lau‘ulu representatives provided information comparing UHMC to other UH campuses in terms of numbers of existing positions  for Native Hawaiian student recruitment and retention.  Hawai‘i Community College’s Kauhale program has five G-funded positions.  UH Hilo’s Kīpuka program has 9.5 G-funded positions in Hawaiian student services.  Windward Community College has two full-time G-funded positions.  Leeward Community College’s Hālau ‘Ike O Pu‘uloa program has five positions for Native Hawaiian student support services.   The positions also enable the respective colleges to seek extramural sources of funding.

6.            Events and Activities.

·         The House Higher Education Committee will visit the campus on January 13, 2012. 

·         Construction of the chilled water loop is ongoing.

7.            Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.