The 2011 Legislative Session is in full gear and I, our system administrators and chancellors have been spending a lot of time at the capitol meeting with legislators and testifying on a number of bills that impact the university. Of the six bills in the legislative package approved by the Board of Regents, five are still moving.
Of special concern to us are House and Senate bills that would reverse our financial flexibility by repealing the University of Hawaii’s special and revolving funds. Both bills have been deferred, but that does not mean that we’re in the clear yet. We will continue to stay vigilant and do all we can to preserve the university’s funding and flexibility.
Earlier this week, Gov. Abercrombie presented his draft state budget to legislators. It proposes giving UH only part of what we asked for. We would, of course, like to receive more, but the administration has worked with UH to identify the highest priorities considering the limited resources available, and we are grateful to be treated relatively well. I have met with Gov. Abercrombie and key members of his senior staff on numerous occasions, and I will continue to do so to make sure they know and understand what the university’s needs are.
University and campus news
- Big Island projects reach milestones
- UH APEC team appointed
- New Hawaiian language facility started
- $6 million energy grant received
- Alums join Korean cabinet
- Firms support West Oahu insurance program
- Community colleges extend outreach efforts
Community Colleges News
Community colleges extend outreach efforts
The UH Community Colleges are leading the way in the university’s outreach to Hawaii middle and high school students.
- Leeward Community College served as host earlier this month for the Leeward District Science Fair. Fifty-one projects presented by 84 students from schools throughout the Leeward District were reviewed by college faculty and staff and community judges.
- Through a joint effort by the Department of Education Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area and the Kapiolani Community College STEM Program, 75 projects developed by 6th- to 8th-grade students were adjudicated by scientists of the Hawaii Academy of Science and science educators at a Middle School Science Fair held recently at Kapiolani Community College.
- Honolulu Community College will host nearly 600 high school juniors and seniors for the annual High School to Honolulu Community College event, which encourages high school students to pursue higher education and opens their eyes to the degree and student service programs available at the campus. Students from 17 Oahu high schools will participate. The event highlights the university’s efforts to strengthen Hawaii’s educational pipeline and the Hawaii Graduation Initiative goal to increase the number of college graduates by 25 percent by 2015.