Executive Committee

Meeting of February 24, 2012



1.            Attendance.     The meeting was convened at 8:40 a.m. by Vice Chancellor John McKee.  Present were Nicole Beattie,  Vice Chancellor Jose Bernier, Marilyn Umetsu, David Grooms, Karen Hanada, Kaleikoa Ka‘eo, Brian Moto, Allan Pan-Takase, Vice Chancellor Alvin Tagomori, Tracie Takatani, Debbi Brown, Lori Teragawachi, Ray Tsuchiyama, and Elaine Yamashita.

2.            Academic Senate Repeat Policy.  Elaine Yamashita distributed copies of the draft policy concerning the repeat of courses.  In brief, the policy will prevent students from registering for a third time for a class without faculty permission.   If approved, the policy will be implemented in Banner.  It is anticipated that the policy will affect a small number of students.  The policy includes a grievance procedure, and there are certain exemptions from the policy.  Elaine reported that Cathy Bio reviewed the policy for financial aid purposes.   Elaine and Diane said that they are trying to meet a deadline to include the policy in the 2012-2013 UHMC General Catalog.

3.            WASC Visit and Degree Qualification Profiles.  Jill Ferguson, WASC Director of Organizational Change, will be on campus on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, to conduct a workshop.  Diane Meyer distributed copies of a schedule of the day’s proceedings.  Ferguson will lead a discussion on two WASC pilot programs:  an accreditation process involving the use of new templates; and the Degree Qualifications Profile.  Only two or three other schools currently have both pilot programs, UH Hilo being one of them.  Both pilot programs are for WASC Senior Commission schools only.  Chairs of program advisory committees and others have been invited to lunch with Ferguson.

4.            Wo Innovations in Learning (WILD) Day.  WILD Day, a faculty and staff development event, is scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012.  WILD Day will include Amazing Race II, involving a circuit of presentations at designated sites on campus.   New programs such as the New Farmers Institute and the Institute of Hawaiian Music will be featured.  The Vice President of Google will be the guest speaker at lunch.

5.            Fundraiser for Institute of Hawaiian Music.  The Institute of Hawaiian Music and UH Foundation are engaged in a fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 by March 1, 2012, and another $100,000 by September 1, 2012, to meet a challenge grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.

6.            Visit to Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Oregon Food Innovation Center, and Buck Institute for Research on Aging.  Vice Chancellor McKee reported on his, and Chancellor Sakamoto’s, visit to the Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the Oregon Food Innovation Center.  The Food Innovation Center is a 32,000 square foot facility, with a staff of thirty, nine of whom are faculty.  Approximately, half of the Center’s funding comes from contracts and grants, and the other half from public sources.   John, Clyde, and Susan Wyche observed demonstrations such as the use of lasers in labeling and in milling grain.  The Center includes such features as observation rooms with one-way mirrors for the study of consumer behavior and reactions.  The Center has developed a number of new food products, including Fizzy Fruit.  Center representatives and the UHMC contingent discussed the potential for exchanges between the Center and UHMC.  McKee also reported that Portland State University is interested in working with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui.

                McKee and Sakamoto also visited the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California.  The Institute conducts research on age-related diseases and on disease detection, prevention, and treatment.  Its laboratories study the mechanisms of aging and stem cell technologies and regenerative medicine.  The Institute is interested in involving UHMC in a pilot website that would provide access to information on aging.

7.            Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 9:27 a.m.