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MOTION TO RETIRE FACULTY HANDBOOK

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on December 8, 2010
unanimous

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Motion to Retire the Faculty Handbook

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Faculty Handbook was last updated in the early 1970s and was distributed to new faculty as a printed handbook;

New faculty to the University of Hawai‘i system beginning in the 1990s did not received the handbook;

The handbook was transformed into an online wiki and maintained by an ad hoc senate committee of three faculty members, all of whom were associated with the educational technology discipline;

The online wiki has 54 sections, 37 of which are still incomplete after three years of concerted effort by the ad hoc committee;

The site has been visited 1259 times from September 2007 to October 2010, more than 75% of which was by the three faculty members of the ad hoc committee;

The three faculty members of the ad hoc committee found they were generally providing links to other sites in the University of Hawai‘i website;

The ad hoc committee considers all information in the handbook to exist on various web sites within the University of Hawai‘i as well as on community-based web sites;

Even after updating links, the ad hoc committee found web site URLs changed and does not consider practical updating those links in perpetuity;

Historically, most faculty handbooks have been replaced by union contracts;

The essence of a wiki is that it is a collaborative effort, but the faculty handbook wiki has been predominantly a 3-person effort.

Therefore, the University of Hawaii Mānoa Faculty Senate’s Committee on Professional Matters recommends that the Faculty Handbook be retired.