Mānoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Minutes of July 6, 2009
Attending: Rayner, Crosby, Wakayama, Ross, Zaleski, Hilgers
A. Regular meeting with Francisco Hernandez
-Admissions UHM admissions is up today by 3-5%. UHM extended its application deadline because of the fiscal sitaution and its affect on decisions relating to new student admission.
Beginning 2011, applications to UHM will be on line, using a UHM form rather than the generic system form. It can require a personal statement for applicants. It can require self-reporting of courses taken, GPA, etc, for conditional admission decisions. Hernandez will present alternatives to faculty for consideration before adoption.
Student affairs is also surveying students who don’t accept our admission. This is new. Typical responses have involved housing, tardiness in making financial-aid decision, etc.
SEC noted the lack of UHM control over its image/advertising; UHM’s lack of recruiting applicants for particular majors; overall lack of advertising that features faculty accomplishments; etc.
Hernandez noted that in order to compete with “acclaimed” schools, UHM has to act in the ways of acclaimed schools: promptly, competently, completely. We also have to tout our UHM accomplishments. He is planning to do “recruitment in the fields”—visiting communities with teams of admissions specialists who process admissions on the spot. Student affairs is starting websites for accepted students and admitted students. We have to shift from using scholarships as rewards to scholarships as recruitment of the best applicants. We currently use most of our scholarship money for seniors. At the same time, we are sitting on $3.5M+ in unallocated scholarship money, money that would be better spent on recruiting.
Finally, Hernandez reported on remodeling of two Hale Aloha Towers, coming in on time and under budget. Johnson Hall may be redone as grad-student apartments. Campus Center remodeling is nearing a start date.
B Regular SEC meeting
-Minutes of 6/22 were approved as redacted by the chair. -Minutes of 6/29 were approved with a small edit.
-SEC may ask CAB and MAC (and, perhaps, GEC) to prepare a list of data that the Manoa faculty needs in order to assess, plan, budget, etc as responsible campus citizens.
The meeting adjourned at 5:39.
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