Faculty Strike Averted
Negotiators announced a tentative agreement for in UH faculty negotiations Thursday March 25. President Dobelle issued the following statement about the unprecedented 6-year contract:
"On behalf of the more than 80,000 students throughout our university system, I would like to thank all the members of the negotiating team for their good hard work in resolving this contract without interrupting the semester.
"I believe that this contract for our professors recognizes their critical role in the education mission of the university and the need to provide them with competitive and just compensation. Increasing the salaries for our faculty has been a priority of mine since I arrived here just after the strike in 2001. We have a lot of good people doing a lot of good things on all of our ten campuses and I am pleased that with today’s settlement, their work will continue."
Additional information available from the University of Hawai'i Professional Assembly and Gov. Lingle's news release page.
March BOR Report
At their monthly meeting held on Fri., March 19 at Leeward CC, the
Board of Regents
• established a graduate certificate program in museum studies in the
UH Manoa Department of American Studies
and Leeward’s newly revised mission
statements and strategic plans for 2003-2010.
• approved the
overarching campaign themes developed for the UH Centennial Campaign.
In other board action, the task
group on graphic identity recommended a process for the selection of
a professional designer or firm to design a graphic
identity for the university system.
Prestigious Lifelong Learning Grant
UH Hilo received a $100,000 grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation
of San Francisco. The award will establish a new Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute at Hilo.
The Bernard Osher Foundation links universities
to their communities, to provide access to lifelong education in the
form of courses, workshops, training, and cultural events related to
the strengths of the university. Read the press release.