Executive Policy 5.222 Executive Policy 5.222


High Demand


Executive Policy Chapter 5, Academic Affairs
Executive Policy EP 5.222, High Demand
Effective Date:  October 2014
Prior Dates Amended:  May 2011
Responsible Office:  Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Governing Board of Regents Policy RP 9.202, Classification Plans and Compensation
Review Date:  August 2018

I. Purpose

This Executive Policy maintains the policy-based administrative infrastructure created by former Board policy relating to the designation of high demand disciplines.  The purpose of this executive policy is to establish guidelines for the identification of high demand disciplines.

II. Definitions

No policy specific or unique definitions apply.

III. Executive Policy

A. Responsibilities

    It shall be the responsibility of the President to promulgate a policy in consultation with University executives setting forth the guidelines relating to the identification of high demand disciplines.

B. Guidelines

    1. The following guidelines shall be used to identify high demand disciplines, which shall be periodically reviewed:

        a. A program, discipline, sub-specialty or unique skill(s) is determined to be necessary to achieve the goals that have been set for the relevant area.

        b. It shall be demonstrated that faculty of the quality desired by the University in the relevant area cannot be recruited and/or retained below the approved salary threshold. Evidence shall be presented to show that greater than normal losses have resulted and are likely to result, and recruitment has been hampered because of non-competitive salaries. 

        c. Comparative data shall be presented showing salaries being paid by competitors for University personnel of comparable qualification levels.  In most cases, competition from other institutions of higher education is the appropriate base of comparison.  For some vocational or occupational training programs where recruitment is limited to the local labor market, attention to competition from this market may be necessary.

        d. Salary surveys referenced shall use proven methods of data gathering and statistical analysis and be deemed credible and reliable.

        e. It shall be shown that a salary deficiency is causing the staffing problem and not some other influence within the control of the program or the University.

C. High Demand Disciplines

    1. The following have been identified as high demand disciplines: 

        a. University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

            (1) All disciplines in the Shidler College of Business Administration including School of Travel Industry Management

            (2) Oceanography

            (3) Geology and geophysics

            (4) Astronomy

            (5) All disciplines in the College of Engineering

            (6) Marine biology

            (7) Marine-related disciplines and zoology

            (8) Computer science

            (9) Meteorology

            (10) Health sciences.  Neuroscience; molecular biology; cell biology; developmental biology; genetics; epidemiology; oncology (cancer research); evolution, ecology, and behavior; conservation biology; microbiology; anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology; biochemistry; and tropical medicine within the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

            (11) Economics

            (12) Nursing

        b. Community Colleges

            (1) Computer science

            (2) Aeronautics maintenance technology

            (3) Advanced automotive technology

            (4) Nursing

            (5) New media arts

        c. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

            (1) All disciplines in the business administration program

            (2) Computer science

            (3) Nursing

            (4) Economics

        d. UH West O‘ahu

            (1) Accounting

            (2) General business

            (3) Marketing

            (4) Math and science

            (5) Health care administration

    2. Designated high demand disciplines shall be reviewed once every three (3) years to determine whether designations as high demand should continue.  Campuses shall submit justification for continued designation in accordance to the guidelines specified in section B.

    3. The Vice President for Community Colleges and the Chancellors for UH Manoa, UH Hilo and UH-West O‘ahu are authorized to approve proposed high demand disciplines.  The President is authorized to approve appointments above the designated thresholds.

IV. Delegation of Authority


V. Contact Information

Office of the Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy
Telephone: (808) 956-6897
Email: ovpaa@hawaii.edu

VI. References

    A. Link to superseded Executive Policies in old format https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/archives/ep/

    B. Link to Administrative Procedures in old format https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/archives/apm/sysap.php

VII. Exhibits and Appendices

No Exhibits and Appendices found


    David Lassner    
    October 31, 2014    


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