Resolution to Endorse with Reservations the Proposed Reorganization for Shidler College of Business and the School of Travel Industry Management

The purpose of this reorganization is to advance the reputation and international presence of TIM to be one of the best in the nation and around the world. Keys to success will be to leverage Shidlerʻs strong capacity to support research excellence, build professional graduate programs and robust capabilities in alumni relations and philanthropy.  As hospitality and tourism comprise Hawaii’s most important business sector, this reorganization aims to strengthen the TIM curricular and degree offerings for students, including exploration of executive education, and strengthen engagement with the local hospitality and tourism community which operates one of the world’s truly pre-eminent visitor destinations.

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on May 8, 2019, a resolution to endorse with reservations the proposed reorganization for Shidler College of Business and the School of Travel Industry Management.  Resolution tabled to the Fall 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 8, 2019 with 35 votes in favor of support; 15 votes against; and 1 abstention.

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on May 8, 2019, a resolution to endorse with reservations the proposed reorganization for Shidler College of Business and the School of Travel Industry Management.  Resolution tabled to the Fall 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 8, 2019 with 35 votes in favor of support; 15 votes against; and 1 abstention.  Approved on August 21, 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate during a special meeting with 42 votes in support; 8 votes opposing; and 2 abstentions.

Resolution to Endorse with Reservations the Proposed Reorganization for Shidler College of Business
and the School of Travel Industry Management
 

WHEREAS, Executive Policy A3.101 calls for the Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) to review any proposed reorganization; and

WHEREAS, the MFS has delegated to the MFS Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) the duty to review reorganization proposals and, based on a Reorganization Proposal Consultation Review Checklist, to present their recommendations to the MFS Executive Committee; and

WHEREAS, the Dean of Shidler College of Business (Shidler) and the Interim Dean of Travel Industry Management (TIM) have proposed a reorganization of their units to result in a merger of TIM with Shidler; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of this merger is to advance the reputation and international presence of TIM within the larger structure and resources of Shidler; and,

WHEREAS, TIM would remain as a semi-independent school within Shidler College with its own associate dean, reporting to the Shidler dean, and newly-appointed department chair with TIM faculty authority over TIM programs and curricula; and,

WHEREAS, the proposed reorganization within Shidler College will have a School of Accountancy led by a Chair and a School of Travel Industry Management led by an Associate Dean, misidentified as a Dean in the proposal; and,

WHEREAS, the Shidler dean and TIM interim dean appear to have consulted with TIM faculty (11 FTE) and staff about the overall advantages to TIM of such a merger at this time, including access to Shidler faculty expertise and potential resource enhancement; and

WHEREAS, the central UH-Mānoa administration appears to be unwilling to invest significant new resources into TIM that might allow the school to remain independent; and,

WHEREAS, the TIM faculty seem largely resigned to the fact that the merger with Shidler is the only available path forward for the school; and,

WHEREAS, there would be no reduction in faculty or staff for TIM in this proclaimed revenue-neutral proposal, but some loss of TIM autonomy and most budgetary authority as well as loss of an independent dean; and,

WHEREAS, TIM has a considerable current budget surplus, while Shidler has a large budget deficit resulting in a fiscal windfall to Shidler, since there is no planned separate budget line item for TIM in the combined TIM/Shidler budget; and

WHEREAS, the advantages to the future of TIM’s degree programs, resources, and development appear to outweigh the disadvantages, if the unknown likelihood of overcoming the current stagnation of an independent TIM is considered an advantage; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate endorses with reservations the proposed merger of the School of Travel Industry Management with the Shidler College of Business.

Resolution to Oppose the Proposed Reorganization and Merger of the College of Arts and Humanities; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to form the College of Arts, Literature, and Letters (CALL)

The existing structure of two Arts and Sciences (Arts & Humanities, Languages, Linguistics and Literature) and one School (Pacific and Asian Studies) with substantial intersections has divided the liberal arts into separate institutional homes. The effort to maintain individual disciplines within the three academic units in the face of softening enrollments and limited resources is less than ideal for tackling these challenges and for the exploration of established and new areas of inquiry for which the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is uniquely placed to develop and support. The combined talents and resources of the three units, under a single College structure that promotes the liberal arts and new areas of interdisciplinarity (climate change throughout the Asia and Pacific and new media, to take two examples) can better maximize strategic hiring while retaining the core strengths of existing disciplines, provide more powerful academic underpinnings for extramural funding, strengthen graduate programs, and provide faculty with travel and research support (a combined operational budget allows for greater flexibility within it).

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on May 8, 2019, a resolution to oppose the proposed reorganization and merger of the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to form the College of Arts, Literature, & Letters.  Resolution tabled to the Fall 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 8, 2019 with 39 votes in favor of support; 15 votes against; and 2 abstentions.

 

Resolution to Oppose the Proposed Reorganization and Merger of the College of Arts and Humanities; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to form the College of Arts, Literature, & Letters (CALL)

WHEREAS, Executive Policy A3.101 calls for the Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) to review any proposed reorganization; and,

WHEREAS, Michael Bruno, formerly Vice Chancellor for Research and now Provost, has in his previous role as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs proposed a reorganization of the colleges of Arts & Humanities; Languages, Linguistics, & Literature; and School of Pacific and Asian Studies; to form the new College of Arts, Languages, & Letters (CALL); and,

WHEREAS, the April 2019 CAB resolution opposing this reorganization was tabled at the May 8, 2019 meeting of the Mānoa Faculty Senate; and,

WHEREAS, on December 4, 2019, affected department chairs and program directors sent a letter to Provost Bruno, stating that $3.5 million dollars would need to be invested into CALL, claiming that such funds are needed for a college of CALL’s size and mission to thrive and succeed; and,

WHEREAS, Provost Bruno’s addendum offers CALL an additional $606,860, and retention of 1.0 FTE LLL Dean’s salary and the 0.50 FTE SPAS Dean’s salary, thus underfunding what would be the largest college at UHM; and,

WHEREAS, on February 25, 2020, Provost Bruno sent CAB a response to the 2019 MFS resolution opposing the reorganization, which included an addendum of February 21, 2020, and Dean Arnade’s April 2019 “CALL Statement of Goals”; and,

WHEREAS, the addendum does not adequately address or mitigate faculty concerns about rationales for the merger, lack of faculty support, and lack of support for individual programs within the college(s); and,

WHEREAS, this reorganization has been presented as something that will happen regardless of faculty concerns since inception, thus undercutting the shared-governance structure of the University; and,

WHEREAS, this reorganization is opposed by a majority of the faculty in the affected units and mergers are rarely successful without support from the constituents;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate opposes the reorganization of A&H, LLL, and SPAS into the new College of Arts, Languages, and Letters; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate recommends that in lieu of the proposed reorganization, a faculty-led working group be appointed and empowered to develop innovative ways to respond to the nationally-driven decline in humanities majors.

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration & Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on May 13, 2020, a resolution to oppose the proposed reorganization and merger of the College of Arts and Humanities; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to form the College of Arts, Literature, and Letters (CALL).  Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 13, 2020 with 61 votes (83.56%) in support to oppose; 12 votes (16.44%) against; and 7 abstentions.

Resolution to Oppose the Proposed Reorganization and Merger of the College of Arts and Humanities; College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature; and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies to form the College of Arts, Literature, & Letters (CALL)

WHEREAS, Executive Policy A3.101 calls for the Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) to review any proposed reorganization; and,

WHEREAS, Michael Bruno, formerly Vice Chancellor for Research and now Provost, has in his previous role as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs proposed a reorganization of the colleges of Arts & Humanities; Languages, Linguistics, & Literature; and School of Pacific and Asian Studies; to form the new College of Arts, Languages, & Letters (CALL); and,

WHEREAS, the April 2019 CAB resolution opposing this reorganization was tabled at the May 8, 2019 meeting of the Mānoa Faculty Senate; and,

WHEREAS, on December 4, 2019, affected department chairs and program directors sent a letter to Provost Bruno, stating that $3.5 million dollars would need to be invested into CALL, claiming that such funds are needed for a college of CALL’s size and mission to thrive and succeed; and,

WHEREAS, Provost Bruno’s addendum offers CALL an additional $606,860, and retention of 1.0 FTE LLL Dean’s salary and the 0.50 FTE SPAS Dean’s salary, thus underfunding what would be the largest college at UHM; and,

WHEREAS, on February 25, 2020, Provost Bruno sent CAB a response to the 2019 MFS resolution opposing the reorganization, which included an addendum of February 21, 2020, and Dean Arnade’s April 2019 “CALL Statement of Goals”; and,

WHEREAS, the addendum does not adequately address or mitigate faculty concerns about rationales for the merger, lack of faculty support, and lack of support for individual programs within the college(s); and,

WHEREAS, this reorganization has been presented as something that will happen regardless of faculty concerns since inception, thus undercutting the shared-governance structure of the University; and,

WHEREAS, this reorganization is opposed by a majority of the faculty in the affected units and mergers are rarely successful without support from the constituents;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate opposes the reorganization of A&H, LLL, and SPAS into the new College of Arts, Languages, and Letters; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate recommends that in lieu of the proposed reorganization, a faculty-led working group be appointed and empowered to develop innovative ways to respond to the nationally-driven decline in humanities majors.

Motion to Assign Focus Designations to Courses Rather than Instructors

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the General Education Committee (GEC) for a vote of the full Senate on November 20, 2019, a motion to assign focus designations to courses rather than instructors.  Motion was defeated by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on November 20, 2019 with 18 votes in support; 21 votes opposed; and 4 abstentions.

MOTION TO ASSIGN FOCUS DESIGNATIONS TO COURSES RATHER THAN INSTRUCTORS

WHEREAS, UH course Catalog descriptions, and all General Education designations except Focus, are course-based; and

WHEREAS, course-based Focus designations contribute stability and simplicity for students planning their courses of study; and

WHEREAS, courses that are offered sometimes with, and sometimes without, a Focus designation have led to confusion and have hindered student success or increased time-to-degree; and

WHEREAS, the preparation of instructor-based Focus proposals and renewals by multiple instructors who teach the same course adds redundancy to the workload of faculty instructors and the faculty boards that review and approve proposals; and

WHEREAS, the External Review Team commissioned in AY2017-2018 by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) recommended strengthening General Education by moving to course-based Focus designations1; and

WHEREAS, the AY2017-2018 self-study of General Education at UHM raised the issue of using course-based Focus designations to simplify the curriculum proposal process2; and

WHEREAS, course-based Focus designations contribute consistency and clarity to the role of those courses in the General Education curricula and student learning objectives at all levels in UHM, and this benefits the design, practice, and assessment of curricula at all levels in UHM; therefore

BE IT MOVED, that the University of Hawaii Mānoa Faculty Senate supports the assigning of Focus designations to courses rather than instructors starting in AY2020-21.

BE IT FURTHER MOVED that the University of Hawaii at Manoa Faculty Senate supports that exceptions be made for Directed Reading/Research courses (typically numbered 399 or 499) and for “Topics” courses which cover a variety of different topics under the same course number. These courses may be eligible for instructor-based as well as course-based designations.

BE IT FURTHER MOVED that all current Focus designations, whether instructor or course-based, shall continue to have that designation until they come up for renewal.

Motion to Establish a General Education Diversification Board

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the General Education Committee (GEC) for a vote of the full senate on May 8, 2019, a motion to establish a General Education Diversification Board.  Motion tabled to the Fall 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 8, 2019 with 35 votes in support; 13 votes opposed; and 2 abstentions.

MOTION TO ESTABLISH A GENERAL EDUCATION  DIVERSIFICATION BOARD

WHEREAS, a subset of the General Education Committee’s (GEC) members currently reviews requests and approves UHM Diversification designations and Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) requests; and

WHEREAS, per its charge from the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), the GEC needs to focus its time and energy on broader responsibilities such as policies and assessment related to General Education; and

WHEREAS, the Diversification Subcommittee of the GEC does similar work in type and amount to the other General Education Boards; and

WHEREAS, the Diversification designations deserve a group who are familiar with the Diversification Hallmarks and specialize in assessing whether or not courses meet those Hallmarks, similar to the other General Education Boards; and

WHEREAS, the Diversification designations were originally assigned by reading the course catalog descriptions; and

WHEREAS, a 5-year review of designations was conducted in 2006-2008 but there is no additional or ongoing assessment of Diversification designations; and

WHEREAS, regular, periodic review of Diversification designations needs to occur; and

WHEREAS, the General Education Committee, having voted unanimously, and the General Education Office, which would provide administrative assistance to the Board, fully support the establishment of a Diversification Board; therefore

BE IT MOVED, that the University of Hawaii Mānoa Faculty Senate supports the establishment of a Diversification Board.

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the General Education Committee (GEC) for a vote of the full Senate on October 16, 2019, a motion to establish a general education diversification board.  Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on October 16, 2019 with 29 votes in favor of support; 17 votes against; and 4 abstentions.   

MOTION TO ESTABLISH A GENERAL EDUCATION  DIVERSIFICATION BOARD

WHEREAS, a subset of the General Education Committee’s (GEC) members currently reviews requests and approves UHM Diversification designations and Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) requests; and

WHEREAS, per its charge from the Senate Executive Committee (SEC), the GEC needs to focus its time and energy on broader responsibilities such as policies and assessment related to General Education; and

WHEREAS, the Diversification Subcommittee of the GEC does similar work in type and amount to the other General Education Boards; and

WHEREAS, the Diversification designations deserve a group who are familiar with the Diversification Hallmarks and specialize in assessing whether or not courses meet those Hallmarks, similar to the other General Education Boards; and

WHEREAS, the Diversification designations were originally assigned by reading the course catalog descriptions; and

WHEREAS, a 5-year review of designations was conducted in 2006-2008 but there is no additional or ongoing assessment of Diversification designations; and

WHEREAS, regular, periodic review of Diversification designations needs to occur; and

WHEREAS, the General Education Committee, having voted unanimously, and the General Education Office, which would provide administrative assistance to the Board, fully support the establishment of a Diversification Board; therefore

BE IT MOVED, that the University of Hawaii Mānoa Faculty Senate supports the establishment of a Diversification Board.

Resolution Opposing the Campus Services Reorganization

This reorganization seeks to transfer oversight of the Office of Campus Services (Campus Services) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Operations (OVCAFO) to the University of Hawaiʻi System (System), Office of the Vice President for Administration (OVPA) in a effort to support thoughtful, integrated long-range strategic planning in the area of campus services and associated facilities.

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration & Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on October 16, 2019, a resolution opposing campus services reorganization. Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on October 16, 2019 with 46 votes in favor to support; 1 vote against; and 2 abstentions.

RESOLUTION OPPOSING CAMPUS SERVICES REORGANIZATION

WHEREAS, Executive Policy A3.101 calls for the Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) to review any proposed reorganization; and,

WHEREAS, the MFS has delegated to the MFS Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) the duty to review reorganization proposals and, based on a Reorganization Proposal Consultation Review Checklist, to present their recommendations to the MFS Executive Committee; and,

WHEREAS, it has been proposed that oversight of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) Office of Campus Services be transferred from UH Mānoa, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Operations to the UH System, Office of Administration; and,

WHEREAS, most of Campus Services is Mānoa specific, including campus mail, public safety, food services, H-Zone, campus solutions (duplicating and document finishing), commuter and fleet services, and conference and event services; and,

WHEREAS, the only two components of Campus Services that serve campuses besides UH Mānoa (University Housing and UH Bookstores) serve mainly Mānoa constituents; and,

WHEREAS, similar services offered at other campuses are not under the oversight of the UH System; and,

WHEREAS, there are no cost-based benefits to transferring oversight to the UH System, since all positions remain in place and only reporting lines change; and,

WHEREAS, no distinct problem has been identified that the reorganization would solve, and no empirical evidence is provided as to how the reorganization will make Campus Services more effective; and,

WHEREAS, the Office of Campus Services is unclear how this reorganization would positively benefit or negatively impact the Office and UH Mānoa; and,

WHEREAS, the reorganization has been partially accomplished, without review, via “temporary” personnel reassignments; and,

WHEREAS, the “temporary” personnel reassignments constitute a circumvention of the faculty consultation and shared-governance structure; and,

WHEREAS, moving the UH Mānoa Office of Campus Services to the UH System will inhibit the process of faculty consultation and shared governance; and,

WHEREAS, there is no stated plan or process for evaluation of the success or failure of the proposed reorganization in the future; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the UH Mānoa Faculty Senate opposes the proposed reorganization of Campus Services.

Resolution Supporting Student Consultation During Reorganization

The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa presented their Senate Resolution 03-20 CONDEMNING THE LACK OF STUDENT CONSULTATION THROUGHOUT THE TIM/SHIDLER MERGER PROCESS to the UHM Faculty Senate.

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration & Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full senate on October 16, 2019, a resolution supporting student consultation during reorganization.  Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on October 16, 2019 with 47 votes in favor of support; 1 vote against; and 1 abstention.

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STUDENT CONSULTATION DURING REORGANIZATION

WHEREAS, University of Hawaii Administrative Procedures A3.101 provides for appropriate consultation and information dissemination on reorganization; and

WHEREAS, A3.101 requires that the proposed reorganization be “disseminated and discussed within the affected units and with affected personnel;” and

WHEREAS, A3.101 specifically calls for consultation only with “human resources and budget offices” and “collective bargaining representatives” omitting students; and

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Faculty Senate reviews any proposed reorganization as a representative of affected stakeholders and personnel among faculty on the Mānoa campus; and

WHEREAS, A3.101 requires a reorganization proposal to discuss “impact on services to students;” and

WHEREAS, students at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, both undergraduate and graduate, represent important stakeholders and affected personnel in a reorganization; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate supports the inclusion of students in the consultative process of proposed reorganizations.

Proposed Reorganization for Shidler College of Business and the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM)

The purpose of this reorganization is to advance the reputation and international presence of TIM to be one of the best in the nation and around the world.  Keys to success will be to leverage Shidler’s strong capacity to support research excellence, build professional graduate programs and robust capabilities in alumni relations and philanthropy.

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on May 8, 2019, a resolution to endorse with reservations the proposed reorganization for Shidler College of Business and the School of Travel Industry Management.  Resolution tabled to the Fall 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 8, 2019 with 35 votes in favor of support; 15 votes against; and 1 abstention.  Approved on August 21, 2019 by the Mānoa Faculty Senate during a special meeting with 42 votes in support; 8 votes opposing; and 2 abstentions.

 

Resolution to Endorse with Reservations the Proposed Reorganization for Shidler College of Business and the School of Travel Industry Management 

 

WHEREAS, Executive Policy A3.101 calls for the Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) to review any proposed reorganization; and

WHEREAS, the MFS has delegated to the MFS Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) the duty to review reorganization proposals and, based on a Reorganization Proposal Consultation Review Checklist, to present their recommendations to the MFS Executive Committee; and

WHEREAS, the Dean of Shidler College of Business (Shidler) and the Interim Dean of Travel Industry Management (TIM) have proposed a reorganization of their units to result in a merger of TIM with Shidler; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of this merger is to advance the reputation and international presence of TIM within the larger structure and resources of Shidler; and,

WHEREAS, TIM would remain as a semi-independent school within Shidler College with its own associate dean, reporting to the Shidler dean, and newly-appointed department chair with TIM faculty authority over TIM programs and curricula; and,

WHEREAS, the proposed reorganization within Shidler College will have a School of Accountancy led by a Chair and a School of Travel Industry Management led by an Associate Dean, misidentified as a Dean in the proposal; and,

WHEREAS, the Shidler dean and TIM interim dean appear to have consulted with TIM faculty (11 FTE) and staff about the overall advantages to TIM of such a merger at this time, including access to Shidler faculty expertise and potential resource enhancement; and

WHEREAS, the central UH-Mānoa administration appears to be unwilling to invest significant new resources into TIM that might allow the school to remain independent; and,

WHEREAS, the TIM faculty seem largely resigned to the fact that the merger with Shidler is the only available path forward for the school; and,

WHEREAS, there would be no reduction in faculty or staff for TIM in this proclaimed revenue-neutral proposal, but some loss of TIM autonomy and most budgetary authority as well as loss of an independent dean; and,

WHEREAS, TIM has a considerable current budget surplus, while Shidler has a large budget deficit resulting in a fiscal windfall to Shidler, since there is no planned separate budget line item for TIM in the combined TIM/Shidler budget; and

WHEREAS, the advantages to the future of TIM’s degree programs, resources, and development appear to outweigh the disadvantages, if the unknown likelihood of overcoming the current stagnation of an independent TIM is considered an advantage; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate endorses with reservations the proposed merger of the School of Travel Industry Management with the Shidler College of Business.

Proposed Reorganization of the Center for Oral History

Center for Oral History (COH), previously located under the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), is being proposed to transfer to Ethnic Studies.

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Administration & Budget (CAB) for a vote of the full Senate on May 13, 2020, a resolution to endorse with reservations the proposed reorganization of the Center of Oral History.  Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 13, 2020 with 69 votes (94.52%) in support; 4 votes (5.48%) against; and 7 abstentions.

Resolution to Endorse with Reservations the Proposed Reorganization of the
Center for Oral History

WHEREAS, Executive Policy A3.101 calls for the Mānoa Faculty Senate (MFS) to review any proposed reorganization; and,

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Faculty Senate has delegated to the Committee on Administration and Budget (CAB) the duty to review reorganization proposals and, based on a Reorganization Proposal Consultation Review Checklist, to present their recommendations to the Mānoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee; and,

WHEREAS, the Center for Oral History (COH), previously located under the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), began experiencing staff shortages in May 2017 due to a series of retirements; and,

WHEREAS, the COH staff shortages and apparent inability to fill vacancies lead to a reassessment of COH’s mission and location within the SSRI; and,

WHEREAS, transferring COH to Ethnic Studies will maintain COH under the purview of Social Sciences, with the aspiration that COH’s new location will provide new opportunities for the curricular, instructional, and service activities (although the proposal provides no insight with regard to how this might be achieved or evaluated); and,

WHEREAS, the consensus among COH faculty/staff is that Ethnic Studies is the best fit for COH given the situation and circumstances; and,

WHEREAS, the COH should remain a stand-alone unit, and not be subsumed into a department; and,

WHEREAS, the Administration at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) has already implemented this proposed reorganization, circumventing the established protocol for UHM campus reorganizations and bypassing faculty consultation and governance; and,

WHEREAS, the UHM Administration’s actions with regard to faculty consultation and governance undermine the faculty’s confidence in the Administration’s commitment to shared governance;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate Endorses with Reservations the reorganization of the Center for Oral History into Ethnic Studies; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate condemns the UHM administration for repeatedly implementing reorganizations before seeking “consultation” with the respective college(s) and the Mānoa Faculty Senate in violation of established UH reorganization procedures and fundamental academic principles of shared governance.

Resolution Calling for the Mānoa Provost to Consult About and Revise Implementation of the “Plan for Online and Distance Credit Programs and Courses” Until Such Consultation Has Occurred and the Financial and Programmatic Impacts of the Change Have Been Adequately Evaluated

Mānoa Provost and Dean of the Outreach College met with the Mānoa Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) on April 22, 2020 to discuss the proposed “Plan for Online and Distance Credit Programs and Courses” (dated February 14, 2020) differentiating via Banner “extension (online/distance) students from full-time day students, and extension programs from day programs.”

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) for a vote of the full Senate on May 13, 2020, a resolution calling for the Mānoa Provost to consult about and revise implementation of the “Plan for Online and Distance Credit Programs and Courses” until such consultation has occurred and the financial and programmatic impacts of the change have been adequately evaluated. Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on May 13, 2020 with 71 votes (93.42%) in support; 5 votes (6.58%) against; and 4 abstentions.

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE MĀNOA PROVOST TO CONSULT ABOUT AND REVISE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE “PLAN FOR ONLINE AND DISTANCE CREDIT PROGRAMS AND COURSES” UNTIL SUCH CONSULTATION HAS OCCURRED AND THE FINANCIAL AND PROGRAMMATIC IMPACTS OF THE CHANGE HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY EVALUATED

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Provost and Dean of the Outreach College met with the Mānoa Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Policy and Planning (CAPP) on April 22, 2020 to discuss the proposed “Plan for Online and Distance Credit Programs and Courses” (dated February 14, 2020) differentiating via Banner “extension (online/distance) students from full-time day students, and extension programs from day programs”; and

WHEREAS, the Provost and the Dean of the Outreach College committed at that meeting to consulting with various departments and programs across the university that might be impacted by this change; and 

WHEREAS, CAPP appreciates the commitment to consulting with impacted departments and programs but still has concerns about implementation of the Plan in Fall 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Plan states that “extension students will be limited to courses offered through extension terms and the day students will be limited to courses offered through the day term”; and

WHEREAS, the Plan differentiates students not by full- or part-time status, but rather the program the student is enrolled in and whether that program is classified as an extension or day program; and 

WHEREAS, neither the Mānoa Provost nor the Dean of Outreach College has presented sufficient evidence that compels the changes for all students, both full- and part-time, and for all programs in the university; and

WHEREAS, such evidence as has been provided (for one academic year as indicated at the Mānoa Faculty Senate meeting on February 19, 2020) indicated a problem for 476 students who were charged credit hours above full-time tuition due to enrollment in Outreach courses; and

WHEREAS, no other alternative solutions have been presented or discussed publicly, no analysis of benefits of the current system has been conducted (for example, optimization of student choice and access) and there has been no analysis of unintended consequences for programs, departments and students; and

WHEREAS, the proposed change may cause significant harm to academic departments and programs while also limiting choice for students, with no evidence having been provided to the contrary; and

WHEREAS, faculty have purview over academic decision making, including curriculum, and administrative decisions such as this change are inconsistent with principles of academic governance; and

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Faculty Senate recognizes the critical importance of consultation and shared governance to improve policy decisions and make them more sustainable; and

WHEREAS, the proposed changes may cause changes in faculty workload and resources available to faculty, thus constituting potential violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement; and

WHEREAS, page 108 of the 2017-2021 UHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (Memorandum R-20: Roles and Consultation Protocols Involving UH Administration, UH Professional Assembly, and UH Faculty Senates) specifies in Part I that “policies regarding … management of the academic activities of a college or department  … will be referred to shared governance entities or departments at the level concerned; and

WHEREAS, page 109 of the 2017-2021 UHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (Memorandum R-20: Roles and Consultation Protocols Involving UH Administration, UH Professional Assembly, and UH Faculty Senates) specifies in Part III that “changes in tuition and fees that have a material impact on budget items” should be jointly referred to Senates and UHPA; and 

WHEREAS, the report titled “University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College, December 2017,” found in the materials for the Board of Regents (BOR) Internal Audit Committee meeting (February 7, 2018), recommended that “Outreach College perform an evaluation to determine whether this tuition policy related to Credit Programs should be modified” (pg. 16); and

WHEREAS, an evaluation of the impact of the proposed changes on various university departments, programs and students would provide information, such the nature of student choice in courses and majors, potential impact on student choice, potential impact on part-time students enrolled in campus or extension programs, potential impact on faculty workload, potential impact on access to courses when on campus courses are fully subscribed, and other possible solutions to the problem as defined by the Provost, and perhaps other data we do not yet understand; and

WHEREAS, a thorough evaluation would inform the Mānoa Faculty Senate and other decision-makers about the programs provided by departments and units by including both student and faculty points of view; and

WHEREAS, the Mānoa Administration has not formally consulted with the Mānoa Faculty Senate or the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) on this proposed Plan nor has a thorough evaluation of potential impacts on departments, programs, and students been conducted; therefore, 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate calls for the Provost and the Dean of Outreach College to revise the implementation of the proposed changes until a proper evaluation and consultations with UHPA and the Mānoa Faculty Senate, as well as consultations with potentially impacted departments and programs, are completed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that should meaningful consultation on this issue not occur in a timely manner, the Mānoa Faculty Senate may choose to take additional action, up to and including censure.

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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability & Resilience Education

The purpose of the Certificate is to prepare formal, school-based, and informal, community-based Pre-K-20 educators to integrate place-based, local and indigenous knowledge, and 21st Century sustainability research and literacies into their curricula.

Updates

Presented to the Mānoa Faculty Senate by the Committee on Academic Policy & Planning (CAPP) for a vote of the full Senate on February 19, 2020, a resolution supporting the proposal for a graduate certificate in sustainability and resilience education. Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on February 19, 2020 with 42 votes in support of approval; 2 votes against; and 0 abstentions.

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PROPOSAL FOR A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN

SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE EDUCATION

WHEREAS, the purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Resilience Education (SRE) is to prepare formal, school-based and informal, community-based preschool through graduate school (PreK-20) educators to integrate place-based, local, and indigenous knowledge, and 21st-century sustainability research and literacies into their curricula; and

WHEREAS, the educational focus of the proposed certificate and its placement in the College of Education differentiates it from other graduate certificates currently offered at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; and

WHEREAS, the proposed certificate is aligned with the UH System’s goals of developing appropriate new courses and programs related to sustainability, as well as the goals of the College of Education and the Department of Curriculum Studies; and

WHEREAS, the proposed certificate is a 15-credit program including a 3-unit capstone project where students will apply primary and/or secondary research practices appropriate to their professions; and

WHEREAS, there are no additional resources or faculty required for this program; and

WHEREAS, the proposal for this program was reviewed by the Graduate Council program committee and approved by the Graduate Council on April 23, 2019 pending conditions being met; and

WHEREAS, the proposal was reviewed by the UHMFS Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, which determined conditions had been met; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mānoa Faculty Senate recommends approval of the proposal to establish a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Resilience Education in the Curriculum Studies Department of the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.