UH Strategic Plan 2023-2029 External Data Collection
General Resident Survey Results
August 5, 2022
Goal: Gather community and stakeholder opinions on what direction the University of Hawai‘i must undertake for the next six years.
Gauge thoughts on the proposed top priorities currently identified
Support for proposed priorities
Identify other priorities and that were not detected in the internal scan and data collection
Understand if opinions differ by demographic differences, geographic difference, or other segments of the population.
Distribution of Completed Surveys:collected 7/11/22 –7/24/22
| City & County of Honolulu
| Maui County
| Hawaiʻi County
| Unknown county
|Other U.S. state
Confidence Interval +/- 2.6%
for the UH,
(1=most important, 6=least important)
|Provide the scientific and intellectual capacity to address
Hawaiʻi's problems and opportunities, particularly around
sustainability, energy, and climate resilience
|Educate and train Hawaiʻi residents for Hawaiʻi's jobs
|Drive economic diversification and development across
|Increase the number of Hawaiʻi residents who have education/training beyond a High School diploma, targeting those who have been under-represented
|Increase access to more programs for students and communities throughout the state
|Sustain and support Hawaiian language, culture and people
Question:What should UH campuses’ top priorities be to best serve Hawaiʻi? Please rank the importance of these
priorities for the University over the next six years with rank 1 being the most important
Educate and train had more ranking No. 1. First three priorities among top three choices of majority. Only quarter ranked Hawaiian issues within top three choices.
What should UH campuses’ top priorities be to best serve Hawaiʻi? Please rank the importance of these priorities for the University over the next six years with rank 1 being the most important
|Provide the scientific and intellectual capacity to address...
|Educate and train Hawaiʻi residents for Hawaiʻi's jobs||23%||19%||18%|
|Drive economic diversification and development across...||19%||20%||19%|
|Increase the number of Hawai‘i residents who have ...||16%||18%||18%|
|Increase access to more programs for students and...||13%||16%||19%|
|Sustain and support Hawaiian language, culture and people||8%||6%||10%|
Opinions varied across counties of Hawaiʻi
- Oʻahu residents rated to provide the scientific and intellectual capacity to address Hawaiʻi’s problems more important than other counties
- Hawaiʻi County residents felt that to increase the number of Hawaiʻi residents who have education and training beyond a high school diploma,targeting those who have been under-represented were a much higher priority.
- Hawaiʻi County felt to drive economic diversification was a lower priority for the UH than other counties reported.
Ranking by Age of Respondent
- Under 25 years old were less likely to want the UH to drive economic diversification. They saw the UH as an institution to educate and train residents for Hawaiʻi’s jobs.
- They also felt it was the UH responsibility to sustain and support the Hawaiian language, culture, and people. In fact, it was the only age segment to rate it among their top three priorities.
- Age 25 to 44 years old rated to sustain and support the Hawaiian language, culture, and people as their lowest priority, but the average rating was still statistically a more important priority than what older respondents rated.
- The oldest segment, those 65 years old and older, were the most adamant about the UH’s role to drive economic diversification and to provide the scientific and intellectual capacity.
Suggestions for Other Top Priorities
Ensure access to affordable higher education
- Keep tuition affordable without decreasing the quality of education
- Focus on lowering costs for students
Revamp the administration and processes: Eliminate bureaucratic inefficiencies, one seamless system across all campuses, etc.
- Administrative team and Regents must become strong and vocal advocates for the university
- Ensure the administrators are transparent and willing to share information
Fix campus infrastructure, both physical structures and technology capacity
- Modernize facilities at UH Mānoa and create a safer campus environment in order to attract top students from abroad and keep top Hawaiʻi students from going elsewhere
Suggestions for Other Top Priorities (Cont’d)
Focus on needs of the students for physical and mental safety and housing
Ensure affordable housing is available to all UH residents attending UH. Housing insecurity is by far the biggest issue facing our students.
Position the UH as a leader in International issues relevant to our location in Asia-Pacific
- Major focus on areas of study unique to UH's location & strengths
- Lead Pacific Island nations in innovation
Increase support for the revenue producing athletic programs to enhance both revenue and non-revenue athletic opportunities
Ranking by Affiliation with the UH
- Current students and employees rated “drive economic diversification” as a lower priority compared to the other respondents.
- Donors to the UH did not see the need to increase access to more programs for students and communities as high a priority as did other respondents.
- Donors were more likely to rate “provide the scientific and intellectual capacity” as a high priority, particularly compared to graduates, parents, and current students.
Ranking by Occupation
- Managers were more likely to rank “educate and train residents for Hawaiʻi’s jobs” as their number one top priority.
- Those in crafts and trades, professionals, and retirees, looked at the future of UH as a strong research facility to provide the scientific and intellectual capacity which would also drive economic diversification for the state.
- Those in the Armed forces, clerical workers, homemakers, managers, and services and sales, looked at the UH more as an educational institution to educate and train residents for Hawaiʻi’s jobs.
- Clerical workers were also more likely to say that the UH help residents have education/training beyond a high school diploma and the UH should increase access to more programs for students and communities.
- Students felt that the UH needs to take action to sustain and support the Hawaiian language, culture, and people. And they listed this priority as one of their top three priorities.
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