University of Hawaii

Measuring Our Progress
Performance Indicators, December 2004

This brochure highlights a subset of U H performance indicators. A complete report entitled Measuring Our Progress, 2004 Update can be found online at and in printed form at U H campus libraries.

This version of the Measuring Our Progress Performance Indicators brochure is designed to promote accessibility for people with disabilities in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. To ensure proper functioning of assistive technology tools such as screen readers, Hawaiian diacriticals were not included and spaces between selected acronyms were added (e.g., U H). We apologize for any inconvenience.


Historical and Projected Enrollment

Rapid enrollment growth beginning in the post-World War 2 era peaked in the early 1970s and was followed by an extended period of stable enrollment. Expanded access helped the U H system post modest overall gains from the early 1970s through the 1990s. Since fall 2000, enrollment has increased 12.9 percent and is projected to reach 56,000 by fall 2009.

Graph entitled “Historical and Projected Enrollment, by Unit.” Depicts enrollment by campus, fall semesters, from 1909 projected through 2009. Hardcopy and tabular data available by request from the Office for Planning and Policy.

Going Rates

After reaching a historical low of 31.7 percent in fall 2001, the going rate of recent Hawaii high school graduates into the University of Hawaii campuses increased to 32.8 percent in fall 2003. Going rates for Hawaii high school graduates reached an all-time high of 46.3 percent in fall 1972.

Graph entitled “Going Rates to U H, by Unit.” Depicts the going rates (in percent) into U H Manoa, U H Hilo, and U H Community Colleges from 1993 to 2003. Hardcopy and tabular data available by request from the Office for Planning and Policy.

Note:The going rate is the percentage of Hawaii high school graduates entering the University of Hawaii without delay upon graduation from high school.

Student Performance

Retention and Transfer Rates

The one-year retention rate for first-time students at U H Manoa and U H Hilo is lower than the average rates for peer and benchmark groups. The one-year retention rate for U H Manoa has decreased from a high of 82.7 percent in 1990 to 78.0 percent in 2002. The U H Hilo retention rate has fluctuated between 1994 and 2001, dipping from a high of 63.5 percent in 1994 to a low of 56.7 percent in 1998 before reaching 65.5 percent in 2002.

Table: Average 1-Year Retention Rates
U H Manoa (1990–2002)
BenchmarkPeerU H Manoa
Still Enrolled88%85%80%
Note: Data are preliminary. First-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen.
U H M=Fall 1990–2002 corhorts as of 2003

Table: Average 1-Year Retention Rates
U H Hilo (1994–2002)
BenchmarkPeerU H Hilo
Still Enrolled75%69%61%
Note: Data are preliminary. First-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen.
U H H=Fall 1994–2002 cohorts as of 2003

Source: Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange 2003–2004 Survey

On average, about 1,000 students transfer from the U H Community Colleges to U H upper division/four-year campuses in any given fall semester.

Table: Transfers from the U H Community Colleges
into the U H Upper Division/Four-Year Campuses
U H ManoaU H HiloU H West OahuTotal
Fall 19938582111081,177
Fall 19947311951311,057
Fall 19957932581661,217
Fall 1996649220119988
Fall 19977201881511,059
Fall 1998695176125996
Fall 19997211722151,108
Fall 2000632169133934
Fall 20017011781651,044
Fall 2002631182159972
Fall 200360272156830

Student Performance

Graduation and Retention Outcomes

The graduation and retention rates have remained relatively stable over time. For U H Manoa, the average range over five years has been 64–65 percent and for U H Hilo and the U H Community Colleges, 34–36 percent. At U H West Oahu, the graduation rate for the fall 1998 cohort is 62 percent after four years; an additional 10 percent are still enrolled.

Table: Average Graduation and Retention Rates
U H Campuses
6 years after entry
1991–1997 cohorts
4 years after entry
1998 cohort
3 years after entry
1994–2000 cohorts
West Oahu
Still Enrolled11%6%10%20%14%17%26%17%24%16%18%
Note: U H Manoa, U H Hilo, and U H Community Colleges calculations are based on first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen, fall cohorts. As an upper division campus, U H West Oahu calculates graduation and retention rates based on new, first-time transfers to U H West Oahu.

Degrees Earned

There have been increases in the share of degrees conferred to students of Hawaiian/part-Hawaiian, Filipino, and Mixed ancestry, and decreases in the share of degrees awarded to students of Caucasian and Japanese ancestry.

Table: U H Degrees Earned by Race/Ethnicity
MixedAll Other
F Y 1992–19937.8%10.2%10.1%23.6%24.5%1.3%6.4%16.1%
F Y 2002–200312.6%12.5%8.3%20.9%20.6%2.3%10.2%12.7%

Professional Licesnsing Exam Pass Rates

University of Hawaii students and graduates are scoring well on national and state exams.

Nursing. National Council for Lincensing Examinations (N C L E X) results have fluctuated for the past several years; however, more than two-thirds of U H graduates pass the examination on a regular basis.

Table: National Council for Licensing Examinations
(N C L E X)
Pass Rate
U H Manoa99%92%88%
U H Hilo93%71%91%
Hawaii C C73%73%78%
Kapiolani C C93%84%93%
Kauai C C67%83%77%
Maui C C89%76%80%

Education. In 2002–2003, over 90 percent of U H Manoa College of Education and U H Hilo education graduates passed the professional knowledge exam portion of the Praxis Teacher Certification Exam. Pass rates for the various Praxis assessment areas for U H Manoa and U H Hilo graduates and for the state of Hawaii (which includes U H graduates) are provided below.

Table: Praxis Teacher Certification Exam
Assessment AreaU H Manoa C O E
Pass Rate
U H Hilo Education
Pass Rate
Pass Rate
 Curriculum, Instruction, &  Assessment87%91%85%
 Content Area Exercise99%100%99%
 Language, Literature, &  Composition Content89%not applicable88%
 Language, Literature, &  Composition Pedagogy69%not applicable66%
 Content Knowledge95%not applicable93%
 Pedagogy89%not applicable92%
 Knowledge-Based Core Principles96%not applicable96%
 Application of Core Principles81%not applicable84%


Access Tuition

Table: Access Tuition
U H (2004)Best States (1994)
Share of income that poorest families need to pay for tuition at lowest priced two-year colleges9%7%
Note: Comparisons with top-performing states are based on performance a decade ago because nearly all states have recently declined in affordability.

“MEASURING UP 2004” 2004

Financial Aid

The share of first-time freshmen receiving aid in Annual Year 2002–2003 ranged from 55 percent (Hawaii C C) to 23 percent (Leeward C C). On average, financial aid recipients received between $1,700 and $2,900.

Table: Financial Aid to U H First-Time Undergraduates
Percent Receiving Aid
U H Manoa45%
U H Hilo51%
Hawaii C C55%
Honolulu C C29%
Kapiolani C C26%
Kauai C C26%
Leeward C C23%
Maui C C38%
Windward C C41%

Table: Financial Aid to U H First-Time Undergraduates
Average Aid Amount Received
U H Manoa$2,863
U H Hilo$2,616
Hawaii C C$2,501
Honolulu C C$1,729
Kapiolani C C$2,482
Kauai C C$1,930
Leeward C C$1,909
Maui C C$2,086
Windward C C$2,305
Note: Includes fall 2002 cohort of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students. As an upper division institution, U H West Oahu is not included.

Tuition and Fees

Almost all U H tuition rates are below W I C H E (institutions from 15 states that are members of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) averages.

Table: 2003–2004 U H Tuition and Required Fees
as a Percentage of 2003–2004 W I C H E Averages
U H Manoa Undergraduate80% 66%
U H Manoa Graduate85%72%
U H Manoa Medicine100% 87%
U H Hilo Undergraduate82% 74%
U H Hilo Graduate106% 82%
U H West Oahu71% 67%
U H Community Colleges61% 107%
Note: W I C H E law tuition comparisons discontinued.


Enrollment and General Funds

U H’s share of state general funds has gone from 8.8 percent in F Y 1997–1998 to 8.4 percent in F Y 2003–2004—a 5 percent decline. U H enrollment has increased by 10.5 percent during the same period.

Table: U H Enrollment and Share of State General Funds
Percent Share of General Funds8.8%8.7%9.2%9.2%8.4%8.1%8.4%

Economic Impact

Research and Training Funds

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Hawaii received record support for research and training. Extramural fundscgrants and contracts from federal, state, private, and foreign sourcescreached $330 million for F Y 2004, a 2 percent increase over the previous fiscal year and an increase of 2.3 times the support received ten years ago.

Table: Office of Research Services
Extramural Fund Support
Past and Projected (in millions)
F Y 1975$23.7 M$11.9 M
F Y 1976$16.3 M$8.7 M
F Y 1977$21.6 M$7.8 M
F Y 1978$21.4 M$11.0 M
F Y 1979$27.0 M$15.1 M
F Y 1980$25.7 M$15.3 M
F Y 1981$27.1 M$19.1 M
F Y 1982$26.5 M$10.8 M
F Y 1983$33.8 M$11.9 M
F Y 1984$30.2 M$17.7 M
F Y 1985$36.7 M$16.6 M
F Y 1986$35.8 M$18.2 M
F Y 1987$35.8 M$16.7 M
F Y 1988$39.4 M$22.1 M
F Y 1989$47.0 M$24.9 M
F Y 1990$49.4 M$34.3 M
F Y 1991$58.1 M$48.0 M
F Y 1992$65.8 M$59.1 M
F Y 1993$61.1 M$70.0 M
F Y 1994$77.8 M$64.8 M
F Y 1995$70.2 M$69.0 M
F Y 1996$76.7 M$57.8 M
F Y 1997$89.1 M$71.7 M
F Y 1998$91.7 M$68.2 M
F Y 1999$92.7 M$71.4 M
F Y 2000$102.8 M$77.8 M
F Y 2001$132.8 M$83.4 M
F Y 2002$141.8 M$110.3 M
F Y 2003$190.6 M$134.1 M
F Y 2004$200.9 M$129.1 M
F Y 2005$193.0 M$135.4 M
F Y 2006$207.2 M$144.7 M
F Y 2007$221.5 M$154.0 M
F Y 2008$235.7 M$163.3 M
F Y 2009$249.9 M$172.6 M
F Y 2010$264.1 M$181.9 M
F Y 2011$278.3 M$191.2 M
F Y 2012$292.6 M$200.4 M

Leveraging Taxpayer Dollars

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