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  1. Benchmarks/Performance Indicators Report 2000 Update (.pdf)
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System Academic Affairs Council
and the Office of the Vice President
for Planning and Policy
University of Hawai‘i
July 2000

Table of Contents

President’s Message
Goal I:
Providing Access to Quality Educational Experiences and Service to the State

Goal II:
Implementing Differentiated Campus Missions and Functioning as a System

Goal III:
Continuing to Champion Diversity and Respect for Differences

Goal IV:
Strengthening the University as the Premier Resource in Hawaiian, Asian,
and Pacific Affairs, and Advancing Its International Leadership Role

Goal V
Acquiring and Managing Resources with Accountability and Responsiveness

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Goal II

Implementing Differentiated Campus Missions and Functioning as a System

The University of Hawai‘i system’s guiding principle is to preserve diverse campus roles and missions while working together as one system. The system mission components of instruction, research, service, and extension are embodied in the liberal arts, vocational/technical, graduate, professional, research, community service, extension, and student life programs that span the campuses. It is the goal of the system to achieve broad access to excellent instruction, prominence in research, and outstanding service to the state by means of campus differentiation, collaboration, and priority-setting.


How have UH campuses specialized in order to avoid duplication?

The mission statement adopted by the Board of Regents on November 15, 1996, and the University of Hawai‘i Strategic Plan, 1997–2007, clarify campuses’ roles and missions and are available separately.


UH MĀNOA is a research university with selective admissions. It offers:

UH HILO is a comprehensive, primarily baccalaureate institution with a regional mission, offering selected master’s degrees. It offers baccalaureate degrees in business, humanities, natural/social sciences, agriculture, and the master’s degree in education and Hawaiian language and literature.

UH WEST O‘AHU is an upper division institution that will eventually become a four-year campus. It offers baccalaureate degrees in selected humanities, social science, and business and public administration fields.

UH COMMUNITY COLLEGES are open-door, low-tuition institutions offering associate degrees and certificate programs in academic, technical, and occupational subjects.

HAWAI‘I COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers a strong liberal arts program, including basic skills, and a comprehensive vocational program that includes business, nursing, trades technology, and public service career fields.

HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers a strong liberal arts program in addition to the largest number of vocational/technical offerings in Hawai‘i, including programs that are not offered at any other campus, e.g., marine technologies, cosmetology, refrigeration and air conditioning, aeronautic maintenance, and commercial aviation pilot training.

KAPI‘OLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers a comprehensive liberal arts program. This campus is a statewide leader in health services education with nine unique programs in allied health professions; it offers the state’s only legal assisting program and an extensive food service and hospitality education program.

KAUA‘I COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers a comprehensive liberal arts program and vocational programs in fields such as business education, health care, and the visitor industry.

LEEWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers an extensive liberal arts program, combined with selected vocational offerings, and provides courses in 67 disciplines; unique programs include television production, and information and computer sciences. Courses are also offered on-site in Wai‘anae.

MAUI COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers a strong liberal arts program and a comprehensive vocational program that includes business, nursing, trade technology, and public service career fields; courses offered over cable TV and a campus interactive television system provide instruction to Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Hāna.

WINDWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE offers a strong comprehensive liberal arts program and selected vocational education programs, including business education and agriculture.

EMPLOYMENT TRAINING CENTER provides job training for “at risk” populations in high-demand areas such as food service, auto repair, construction occupations, and office technology.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I CENTERS on Maui and Kaua‘i and in West Hawai‘i establish a University of Hawai‘i presence in communities that otherwise lack access to programs offered elsewhere in the UH system. University Centers are system entities that are assigned for administrative purposes to existing campuses. The courses and credentials offered at these Centers are those of the existing accredited UH campuses.

Goal III

Continuing to Champion Diversity and Respect for Differences

The University of Hawai‘i believes that the understanding and experience of diversity are compelling institutional and societal interests, essential components of a quality education, and central to the fulfillment of the University’s mission. The University strives to be a model for society through the diversity of its people, policies, and programs. This diversity is fully expressed in campus climates that respect and honor differing opinions and cultures and the academic traditions of collegiality and civility. Combining these experiences with excellent education in a chosen field of study is a central University goal.


Diversity spans multiple goals of the UH Strategic Plan. Thus, diversity benchmarks/performance indicators are addressed in various other sections of this report, such as graduation rates on pages 3–4 and international education on pages 28–31.

What are the demographic trends in the composition of UH employees and the student body?

After declining for three years, the mean age for the UH system has steadily increased since fall 1997 from 25.9 to 26.2 years.

Mean Age of Students (Fall Semester)

Women continue to account for over 55 percent of the students enrolled.

Enrollment of Women (Fall Semester)
56.0% 55.8%55.8%56.4%56.4%56.6%56.5%56.1%55.8%55.9%56.1%

The percentages of Hawaiian, Filipino, and Mixed ethnic groups have increased in the last ten years, while the percentages of Japanese, Chinese, and Caucasian students have decreased.

Enrollment by Ethnicity
HawaiianFilipinoChineseJapanese Caucasian MixedAll Other
Fall 1989 9.5%12.1% 8.2% 25.5% 23.6% 9.1% 12.0%
Fall 1999 14.2%13.9%6.9%18.5% 19.8% 10.9% 15.8%

The UH is one of the most ethnically diverse institutions of higher learning in the nation—19.8 percent of the students are Caucasian, 18.5 percent are Japanese, 14.2 percent are Hawaiian or part-Hawaiian, 13.9 percent are Filipino, 6.9 percent are Chinese, and 10.9 percent report Mixed ethnicity.

Since fall 1996, over 55 percent of the students have been enrolled full-time.

Full-Time Enrollment (Fall Semester)

Generally, minorities comprise smaller proportions among faculty members than for all employees.

Employees by Ethnicity
Fall 1999
CaucasianHawaiian / Part HawaiianFilipinoChineseJapaneseOther Asian / Pac. IslandersOther
All Employees 40.0% 7.0% 5.0% 10.0% 29.0% 4.0% 5.0%
Faculty 59.0% 4.0% 2.0% 8.0% 19.0% 4.0% 4.0%

The proportion of women in the UH workforce is increasing. The proportion of women nearly matches the proportion of men for all employees, while the ratio of women to men in faculty ranks is approximately 2 to 3.

Percent of UH Women Employees
Fall 1996 and Fall 1999
1996 1999
All Employees
48.6% 49.2%

What is the status of enrollment by geographic origin within Hawai‘i?

About 90 percent of the students enrolled at the UH campuses list Hawai‘i as their home. Enrollment of students on or from the Neighbor Islands has been steadily increasing.

Permanent Home Address
HonoluluLeewardWindwardNeighbor IslandsOther U.S.Foreign/Other
Fall 1989 34.5%24.4%11.0%19.7%4.6%5.8%
Fall 1999 31.8%26.2%9.9%22.9%5.9%3.3%

What share of students report a disability?

A smaller share (5%) of UH Mānoa freshmen report a disability than do freshmen surveyed nationally (10%). It may be that fewer students with disabilities enroll at UHM or that UHM entering students choose not to identify themselves as having a disability.

Sources: 1998 and 1999 UHM Survey of First-Time Freshmen and Transfer Students;
1999 UCLA Cooperative Institutional Research Program, Freshman Survey

Self-Reported Disability
UHM First-Time Freshmen 5%5%
UHM Transfers 9%9%
National Freshmen Survey 10%10%



How do UH students relate to issues on diversity?

Fifty-eight percent of Mānoa undergraduates indicated they gained Quite a Bit or made Very Much progress in becoming aware of different philosophies, cultures, and ways of life.

Sources: 1993, 1996, 1999 UHM College Student Experiences Questionnaire

Gains in Awareness of Different Philosophies, Cultures, and Ways of Life
Very Much 18%18%19%
Quite a bit 39%38%39%
Some 35%34%34%
Very Little 8%10%8%

Almost three-fourths (72%) of UHM undergraduates felt they gained Quite a Bit or made Very Much progress in developing the ability to understand and get along with different kinds of people.

Sources: 1993, 1996, 1999 UHM College Student Experiences Questionnaire

Gains in Ability to Get Along with Different Kinds of People
Very Much 24%24%32%
Quite a bit 45%42%41%
Some 27%28%21%
Very Little 4%6%7%

On a scale of 1 to 7, Mānoa undergraduates rated the University 5.0 or above average in the development of student understanding and appreciation of human diversity.

Rating: 1 = Weak Emphasis; 7 = Strong Emphasis
Source: 1999 UHM College Student Experiences Questionnaire

UH Mānoa attracts freshmen and transfer students who express tolerance of others on issues of sexual orientation and religion.

Sources: 1998 and 1999 UHM Survey of First-Time Freshmen and Transfer Students

Entering UHM Students
First-Time Freshmen
Individuals have the right to live their lives as others do regardless of their sexual orientation. 72%71%
Tolerant of other religons 69%66%
Entering UHM Students
Individuals have the right to live their lives as others do regardless of their sexual orientation. 76%78%
Tolerant of other religons 70%67%

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Goal IV

Strengthening the University as the Premier Resource in Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Affairs, and Advancing Its International Leadership Role

The University of Hawai‘i system’s special distinction is found in its Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific focus. The program structure and research thrusts of the University must strive to take advantage of Hawai‘i’s unique location, physical and biological environment, and rich cultural setting. Advancing this focus means preserving the native Hawaiian heritage in language, culture, and history, as well as advancing research, scholarship, and instruction in Asian and Pacific affairs. The University of Hawai‘i must pursue its special distinction, while providing leadership in the international arena. It must also ensure that students can function in an information society in which telecommunications and information technology are increasingly the basis for access to information and knowledge, economic activity, and political/social interactions worldwide.


What are the opportunities for a UH student to have access to international, especially Asian/Pacific, programs, faculty expertise, travel, etc.?

The University of Hawai‘i supports international education through the on-campus presence of international students, trainees, faculty, and scholars; foreign language offerings; internationally focused courses and certificate programs; international exchange; and study abroad opportunities.


How is the University of Hawai‘i strengthening its Asia-Pacific focus?


In fall 1999, 1,963 degree-seeking international students enrolled in the UH system; 85 percent were from the Asia-Pacific region. UH Mānoa enrolled 1,333 or almost 8 percent of its total enrollment. Two hundred forty-three attended UH Hilo and 387 enrolled at the UH Community Colleges.

Enrollment of Degree-Seeking International Students
UH System (Fall 1999)
Asia 1,51177%
Europe 1699%
Americas/Caribbean 945%
Pacific 1618%
Africa/Middle East 281%
Total enrollment: 1,963

In the academic year 1998–99, foreign student enrollment in academic programs at UH Mānoa increased nearly 5 percent, approximately 3 percent more than the national average.

Source: The Institute for International Education, Open Doors Report, 1998–99

Over 800 of the international courses offered by the UH system focus on the Asia-Pacific region.


Throughout the UH system, over 480 students currently participate in overseas education experiences, including study abroad, exchange programs, field research, internships, etc. Of the students who participated in the international study/research programs, 281 (or 58%) went to the Asia-Pacific region.

Students Engaged in Overseas Programs
UH System (Calendar Year 1999)
Number of
Asia 26655%
Europe 14931%
Americas/Caribbean 4910%
Pacific 153%
Africa/Middle East 31%
Total Students: 480


The University has 134 formal agreements with 118 institutions in 25 countries. This steady increase in international linkages provides opportunities for faculty and student exchange, short-term training, library exchanges, collaborative research, and the development of international programs that benefit the University.

Formal Institutional Agreements with Foreign Partners
1996 28111130
1997 28117130
1999 25118134

Eighty-seven percent of the UH institutional agreements are in the Asia-Pacific Region.

International Agreements Distributed by Region
Number of
East Asia 81 61%
Europe 14 10%
Pacific 10 7%
South Asia 3 2%
Southeast Asia 22 17%
Americas 4 3%
Total Formal Agreements: 134

How is the University of Hawai‘i demonstrating its international leadership role?


In 1999, 309 visiting scholars and international faculty taught and conducted research in the UH system. The majority (58%) of these international faculty and scholars came from Asia, slightly less than a third (31%) were from Europe, and the remainder were from countries in Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific.

Visiting Scholars and International Faculty Distributed by Region (Calendar Year 1999)
Asia 17958%
Europe 9631%
Americas 227%
Africa 83%
Other 41%
Total Faculty: 309

Of the 253 visiting international scholars, 46 percent were supported by funds from outside the University. The University directly supported 47 percent of these scholars, and 7 percent received funds from both UH and outside sources.

In addition, 5,565 international students participated in intensive English and other short-term training programs across the UH system.

Short-Term Programs for International Students UH System (Calendar Year 1999)
Number of
UH Mānoa 4,82586%
UH Hilo 501%
Community Colleges 71913%
Total Students: 5,565


Although the number of awards from foreign sources has remained about the same over the past five years, the total dollars awarded has almost tripled.

Awards from Foreign Sources
Fiscal YearNo. of ProjectsAmount Awarded ($ million)


The University’s 87,000-volume Pacific collection covering Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia is the finest and most complete collection in the U.S. and arguably the world.

Among U.S. research libraries, the UH Korean collection ranks 4th in the nation. The Japan collection is among the top 11 nationally, and the Chinese and Asia collections are among the top 15.

How is the University ensuring an international dimension to the education students receive?

UH students can earn a certificate with an international component in over 20 fields. Students have the opportunity to participate in international exchange, study abroad, and specially designed campus-based overseas programs. And the UH offers over 31 languages other than English.

Overall, UH system registrations in languages have increased over the past ten years.

Registrations in Languages
UH System (Fall Semester)
East Asian Language 31573649378035683222339834743566316934343154
European Language 23872722296031043000302930882931271429102869
Hawaiian/Indo Pacific Language 11491389161321312394270029172869274030462756


How well is the University doing in its commitment to preserve and disseminate Hawaiian history, language, and culture?

At UH Mānoa, registrations in Hawaiian language courses increased steadily from fall 1989 and slightly declined after fall 1997. Registrations in Hawaiian Studies courses have also increased, although registrations in fall 1999 are somewhat lower than in fall 1995.

Registrations in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies Courses
UH Mānoa (Fall Semester)
Hawaiian Language 323426457643686771960102910651000877
Hawaiian Studies 176178177174233378469303383323417

Registrations in Hawaiian language and Hawaiian Studies courses at UH Hilo have climbed since fall 1989, and declined slightly after reaching their peak in fall 1994.

Registrations in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies Courses
UH Hilo (Fall Semester)
Hawaiian Language 144182195242266277255193210241212
Hawaiian Studies 148184250275291331250234275230217

In 1996, UH Hilo became the first university in the nation to offer a graduate degree in an indigenous language—the master of arts in Hawaiian language and literature. And in fall 1998, UHH became the first university in the nation to establish a college in an indigenous language—the College of Hawaiian Language.

At the UH Community Colleges, student registrations in Hawaiian language have almost tripled since fall 1989, while registrations in Hawaiian Studies courses continue an upward trend.

Registrations in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies Courses
UH Community Colleges (Fall Semester)
Hawaiian Language 317363468701731910930920996957888
Hawaiian Studies 229275298289266421355334570682769

UH West O‘ahu began offering a specialization in Hawaiian-Pacific Studies in fall term 1999. There were 48 course registrations.

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Goal V

Acquiring and Managing Resources with Accountability and Responsiveness

To deliver on its commitment to access and quality, the University of Hawai‘i must acquire increased resources and maximize their use. Accountability and responsiveness engender the public trust necessary to achieve this overall goal.


What is the relationship between state General Fund support and UH enrollments?

After five years of steady decline, the UH experienced a slight increase in enrollment (2.5%) and current service funding (5.6%) in 1999–2000.

Overall—over the past five years—UH enrollment decreased 10 percent, while current service funding is down 18 percent.

Budgets and Enrollments
Current Service $312,487,692$283,621,319$282,456,912$267,337,395 $243,536,966 $257,233,817
Enrollment 51,67750,24247,37945,55145,33746,479

How has UH fared relative to the rest of the state in its share of General Fund support?

UH’s share of state general funds in the last decade has gone from 12 to 9 percent—a 25 percent decline in support. UH enrollment has been between 45,000 and 52,000 for the same period.

Headcount Enrollments
Share of General Funds 12.7%11.9%11.5%11.5%9.3%9.2%8.8%8.7%9.0%
Enrollment 47,66849,85150,64751,67750,24247,37945,55145,33746,479

The University is well below the national average in state appropriations for students enrolled in public higher education. Comparable purchasing power ranks Hawai‘i 43 out of the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Source: Halstead, State Profiles: Financing Public Higher Education, 1998 Rankings

How do UH tuitions compare with like institutions elsewhere?

Undergraduate resident tuition rates at all UH campuses remain below WICHE averages. Undergraduate non-resident tuition is below or equivalent to WICHE averages for all UH campuses except Hilo (upper division) and the Community Colleges. With the exception of the UHM graduate non-resident rate, graduate, law, and medicine rates exceed or are equivalent to WICHE averages.

1999-00 UH Tuition & Required Fees as a Percentage of 1999-00 WICHE Averages
UHM Undergraduate UHM Graduate LawMed UHH Lower Division UHH UpperDivision UHH Graduate UHWOUHCC
Resident 9510311712358921157577
Non-Resident 81839910410011110999120
WICHE=Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education


What is the level of investment for maintaining the UH physical plant?

The repairs and maintenance (R&M) allocation per gross square foot (GSF) between fiscal years 1996 and 2000 has increased substantially due to funding support from the capital improvement program (CIP) budget.

Budget Allocation Compared with Gross Square Feet
UHM R&M Allocation $1,460,643$1,564,886$7,758,983$3,948,561$8,457,610
UHM Gross Square Feet* 4,509,7084,509,7084,509,7084,509,7084,609,528
UHM Ratio ($/GSF) $0.32$0.35$1.72$0.88$1.83
UHH R&M Allocation $100,000$443,720$1,688,720$949,487$1,917,060
UHH Gross Square Feet 867,000867,000867,000867,000867,000
UHH Ratio ($/GSF) $0.12$0.51$1.95$1.10$2.21
UHWO R&M Allocation $0$0$0$0$100,000
UHWO Gross Square Feet 5,8355,83539,73639,73639,736
UHWO Ratio ($/GSF) $0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00$2.52
UHCC R&M Allocation $1,196,085$1,496,085$8,308,085$2,812,085$3,513,085
UHCC Gross Square Feet 2,289,2802,289,2802,289,2802,372,5802,372,580
UHCC Ratio ($/GSF) $0.52$0.65$3.63$1.19$1.48
UH System Totals R&M Allocation $2,756,728$3,504,691$17,755,788$7,710,133$13,987,755
UH System Totals Gross Square Feet 7,671,8237,671,8237,705,7247,789,0247,888,844
UH System Totals Ratio ($/GSF) $0.36$0.46$2.30$0.99$1.77
*Does not include off-campus facilities and on-campus facilities that are self-supporting.

The percentage of the general operating budget (General Fund appropriations and tuition revenues) dedicated to R&M needs to be increased to ensure that one of the University’s greatest assets—its facilites—is well maintained.

Systemwide Repairs and Maintenance Operating Allocations Compared with Total Operating Allocations
University SystemFY96FY97FY98FY99FY00
UH System R&M Allocation $2,756,728$3,504,691$3,248,788$1,998,133$3,587,755
UH System Total Operating * 301,054,979301,273,566306,945,839319,347,571320,030,381
UH System Ratio (R&M/Oper$) 0.92%1.16%1.06%0.63%1.12%
*General fund and tuition revenues.

Although CIP appropriations have helped to alleviate a portion of the deferred R&M, the backlog of R&M remains one of the most serious problems currently facing the University.

Total Deferred Repairs and Maintenance
UH Mānoa $36,770,000$88,793,000
UH Hilo $8,079,600$30,929,250
UH Community Colleges $22,882,600$47,015,945
UH System $67,732,200$166,738,195

How do UH faculty salaries compare with counterparts elsewhere?

Except for Rank 2, UH Hilo compares favorably relative to its national public institution counterparts. UH Mānoa and UH West O‘ahu are showing signs of lagging behind their counterparts.

UH Mānoa’s average salaries for Ranks 2 and 3 equal or surpass those of other public doctoral level institutions, but lag behind for Ranks 4 and 5. All ranks at UH West O‘ahu lag behind other public general baccalaureate institutions.

Comparison of Average Faculty Salaries with Other Public Institutions for 1999–00
UH Mānoa
CampusRank 5Rank 4Rank 3Rank 2
UHM $77,671$58,145$49,138$37,608
National Average $82,535$58,741$49,100$34,715

Comparison of Average Faculty Salaries with Other Public Institutions for 1999–00
UH Hilo
CampusRank 5Rank 4Rank 3Rank 2
UHH $61,622$51,447$43,734$31,935
National Average $60,446$49,868$41,472$33,226

Comparison of Average Faculty Salaries with Other Public Institutions for 1999–00
UH West O‘ahu
CampusRank 5Rank 4Rank 3Rank 2
UHWO $55,687$49,386$34,026(no data)
National Average $60,446$49,868$41,472 (no data)
Note: The national averages are the averages of all public institutions surveyed which are in the same catagory as each campus.
Source: Academe March/April 2000, Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors

With the exception of Rank 5 for certain campuses, the UH Community Colleges exceeded the national averages in comparison with other public 2-year institutions with academic ranks.

Comparison of Average Faculty Salaries with Other Public Institutions for 1999–00
UH Community Colleges
CampusRank 5Rank 4Rank 3Rank 2
Hawai‘i $56,083$48,156$43,624$38,917
Honolulu $56,485$48,947$46,598$38,403
Kapi‘olani $59,492$51,067$44,965$37,430
Kaua‘i $57,104$50,088$46,124$41,064
Leeward $56,950$50,042$42,968$37,119
Maui $59,967$49,672$46,362$38,672
Windward $55,180$48,361$45,237$40,272
Source: Academe March/April 2000, Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors

What is the UH instructional workload and how does it compare with counterparts elsewhere?

Although UH enrollments decreased from fall 1995 to fall 1999, instructional workload remained about the same for most UH faculty. UH regular faculty teach from two to four courses a semester, and some teach five. For comparative purposes, equivalent semester hours per regular faculty at the UH Community Colleges include instruction in general academic instruction only.

University of Hawai‘i Instructional Workload
(Equivalent Semester Hours/Regular Faculty)
Fall 1995
Fall 1999

Faculty at all UH units spend as much and often more time on teaching than their mainland counterparts.

Percentages of Time Instructional Faculty Spent on Various Activities, by Institutional Type ¹
TeachingResearchOther ³
UHM ² 51%23%26%
U.S. Research 40%32%28%
UHH 65%13%22%
UHWO 62%10%28%
U.S. Comprehensive 60%14%26%
UHCCs 71%5%24%
Two-Year 69%4%27%
¹ University of Hawai‘i faculty classified as instructional, Fall 1998. U.S. Public includes full-time faculty and instructional staff members with instructional responsibilities, Fall 1992.
² Adding UHM faculty classified as research to the UHM profile would produce a distribution of time across research and instruction similar to the national pattern.
³ “Other” includes administration, service, professional growth, and other non-teaching activities.
Sources: UH data based on Quality of Faculty Worklife Survey, April 1999. U.S. data based on National Center for Educational Statistics, 1993 National Study of Postsecondary Faculty, September 1997.


What are the trends in private giving through the UH Foundation?

Private gifts to the University through the Foundation remain strong. In FY1999–00, a record $33 million was given to the University. This represents a 43 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

The Foundation just completed the third year of a four-year plan to raise in excess of $100 million. In the first three years of the campaign, the Foundation raised over $75 million in support of academic programs. Average giving over the last three years was $25.1 million versus the average for the previous three-year period of $15.7 million.

University of Hawai‘i Foundation Comprehensive Campaign Gift History (Fiscal Year)
3-Yr Average
$ million

Private gifts come from a wide variety of sources. Individuals (friends and alumni) account for 43 percent of the outright gifts received by the Foundation.

University of Hawai‘i Foundation, FY1999–00, Gifts by Source
FriendsOrganizationsAlumniCorporationsFoundations & Trusts
$11.2M (34%)$2.3M (7%)$2.9M (9%)$11.7M (35%)$4.9M (15%)
Total gifts: $33.0 million

What is the status of the UH endowment?

The market value of UH Foundation’s investment portfolio has increased to $112.2 million. This represents significant stock market returns and ongoing increased endowment contributions.

University of Hawai‘i Foundation, 1994–00 Investment Portfolio
(market value in $ millions)


How are various aspects of the University perceived by the public?

UH faculty are tapped by the media as national experts on ocean and earth sciences, global climate change, astronomy and planetology, Asian economics and languages, agriculture, and intercultural relations.

The community acknowledges the positive impact of the University’s research program.

Source: Internal Listening Sessions Assessment Report, February 2000
Becker Communications

The public deems UH athletics as a very positive aspect of the University’s image.

What is the University’s image overall?

The community views the University as being important to the state’s economic development. There is wide recognition of the University’s role in supporting business and the community through partnerships, by providing information and resources to external constituencies, and other means.

Source: Internal Listening Sessions Assessment Report, February 2000
Becker Communications

How do students view their degrees?

Over 92 percent of UH Mānoa graduating seniors view their degree as Average or Above Average.

Source: 1999 UHM Graduating Senior Survey

UH Mānoa Graduating Seniors Perceived Quality of Baccalaureate Degree
Above AverageAverageBelow Average
1996 23.3%68.5%8.2%
1999 25.3%67.5%7.2%

Over 94 percent of UH Hilo graduating seniors perceive their baccalaureate degree as being of Average or Above Average quality.

Source: 1999 UHH Graduating Senior Survey

Ninety-six percent of UHM alumni perceive the quality of their undergraduate degree as being of Average or Above Average. Similar perceptions were reported in 1991, 1994, and 1997.

Source: 2000 UHM Alumni Outcomes Survey

UH Mānoa Alumni Perceived Quality of Baccalaureate Degree
Above AverageAverageBelow Average
View of Alumni 25.5%70.5%4.0%
View of Others (as perceived by alumni) 16.0%73.1%10.9%

By the Way...

U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate programs at the UH College of Business Administration, School of Law, and School of Social Work among the best in the nation for 2001.


The UH Community Colleges are one of 25 community college systems in the nation that are members of the prestigious Community College League for Innovation.


The UH ranks 4th nationally in the development of commercial products from plant biotechnology.


A UH associate dean won the prestigious International Award of the Pacific Congress in Marine Science & Technology for his contributions to the advancement of ocean science and technology.


A University of Hawai‘i astronomer was part of a team that found expansion of the universe is accelerating. Science magazine named the finding, which transforms our view of the universe and poses fundamental new questions for physics, as “Breakthrough of the Year for 1998.”


The University’s Waikīkī Aquarium is one of only ten facilities nationally designated as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center, an honor held by select aquariums and marine science museums throughout the U.S.


U.S. News and World Report ranked UH Hilo third among public liberal arts colleges in the West.


The University of Hawai‘i started a new program and partnership between the UH, the business community, and government aimed at stimulating business in Hawai‘i.


UH Mānoa is ranked 44th nationally, or in the top 8 percent of the 588 state universities, when comparing quality, affordability, admissions, graduation, and returning freshmen.


The UH Law School is listed among the top 50 law schools; a remarkable achievement for one of the youngest and smallest law schools in the nation.


A UH astronomer is one of six scientists selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for the world’s first expedition to place a robotic lander on an asteroid and return pieces of the space rock to Earth for in-depth study.


A UH professor of anatomy and reproductive biology is the 1999 winner of the Carl G. Hartment Award, the highest award bestowed by the Society for the Study of Reproduction.


UHM Architecture undergraduates won the 1999 Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) University Design Competition.


A student group from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa won the 1999 National Student Advertising competition for the western region.


A UH professor was awarded the nation’s highest book award for French literature.


A UH professor was awarded the 1999 Japan Prize for Information Technologies.


Maui Community College culinary students won a gold medal in the 2000 American Culinary Federation Western Region Junior Team Competition.


The UH international law team placed first overall in the 1999 Pacific region Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.


Kapi‘olani CC is the only community college in the nation to have two students named to the first team of USA Today’s All-USA academic team.


A UH chemistry professor won the U.S. Department of Energy “Hydrogen Research Breakthrough of the Year” award.


A UH researcher received the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


NASA ranks the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium third in the U.S.


An international research team, headed by UH’s Laboratory of Matrix Pathobiology, has identified the first mutations responsible for a genetic disease that causes skin lesions, blindness, and premature hardening of the arteries.


UH offers first online-based bachelor’s, master’s, and associate-in-arts degrees in fall 2000.


A UH West O‘ahu team participated in the Walmart sponsored “Students in Free Enterprise” competition and was named the Pacific Region Grand Champion and advanced to the national finals in Kansas City.


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