UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I
REPORT TO THE 2003 LEGISLATURE
BIENNIUM REPORT ON BENCHMARKS AND PERFORMANC INDICATORS
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AS REQUIRED BY HRS 304.4-5
HRS 304.4-5 (Act 161) requires the University of
Hawai‘i Board of Regents to adopt benchmarks tied to Master Plan goals and
to use these benchmarks in the development of budget and tuition
schedules, the periodic review of programs, and the submission of a report
to the Legislature in the second year of each fiscal biennium. This
activity was required effective FY98. This report requirement is also
cited in the preamble of Act 115 as an accountability measure important to
greater University autonomy.
Board of Regents Action. In September 1996, the
Board of Regents adopted benchmarks and performance indicators with the
understanding that the administration refines and modifies these
indicators as warranted and reports on them each biennium. Consistent with
the direction of HRS 304.4-5, Board of Regents policy requires regular and
systematic assessment of programs, services, campuses, and the University
system as a whole.
University of Hawai‘i System Strategic Plan, 2002-2010
(Enclosure). With the arrival of President Evan Dobelle, the
University of Hawai‘i embarked on a review of its mission, goals, and
directions, leading to a new system Strategic Plan. The plan is a result
of visionary leadership by faculty, students, staff, alumni, regents, and
friends of the University system. It is predicated on native Hawaiian
values and embraces three fundamental strategic imperatives:
The quality of life and improvement in the
social, economic, and environmental well-being of current and future
Hawai‘i generations are critically dependent on the education,
training, research, and service provided by the University of
Positioning and branding the unique and special
strengths of the University of Hawai‘i system and successfully
communicating these strengths are essential to the vision of a
University of Hawai‘i system that is respected in Hawai‘i and
recognized for unique excellence throughout the world.
Access to public higher education is critical to
the future economic health of Hawai‘i, and public financial support
is essential to keeping access affordable. (http://www.hawaii.edu/ovppp)
Institutional Effectiveness Report, 2002 Update
(Enclosure). This is the University’s fifth report; it updates the 2000
Benchmarks/Performance Indicators Report. The title of this report has
changed to reflect the importance the University places on linking
University goals with evidence of specific achievements. As in previous
efforts, the report identifies relevant effectiveness measures associated
with University strategic goals and details levels of performance or
achievement at a point in time, over time, and/or relative to a standard
or reference point.
This report honors the University’s commitment to be
accountable to the people of Hawai‘i. The taxpayers, donors, and families
who support the University of Hawai‘i and students who enroll for
instruction deserve to know they are receiving maximum value for time and
resources invested. For each publication of this report, the University
has refined and added measures and narrative that help demonstrate the
effectiveness of programs and services. This is done not only to satisfy
accountability concerns but also to inform our improvement efforts.
Tuition Benchmark Comparisons (Enclosure). The
University develops data on tuition changes at comparable institutions.
This data is routinely used as a frame of reference and important
component for tuition setting at the University of Hawai‘i.
Program Reviews (Enclosure). All University of
Hawai‘i academic programs are subject to periodic review. Within
established University policy, the purpose of such reviews is to assist
the extent to which academic programs are meeting their stated objectives
and whether these objectives are still appropriate to the campus, Unit,
and University missions. The University prepares an annual status report
on the results of the program review process.
Budget Preparation. The University of Hawai‘i
2003-2005 Biennium Budget incorporates relevant institutional
effectiveness measures and performance information.