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RESOLUTION IN RESPONSE TO THE FLAWED REPORT PRESENTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI BOARD OF REGENTS, BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION, ENTITLED THE COST OF EDUCATION AND UH ANALYTICAL METRICS TO PROMOTE GREATER EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY

 
Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on 5/1/2013
66:6 in favor


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Resolution in Response to the Flawed Report Presented to the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents, by the University of Hawaiʻi System Administration, entitled The Cost of Education and UH Analytical Metrics to Promote Greater Efficiency and Productivity

WHEREAS, on March 21, 2013, the UH System administration presented a report to the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents entitled, The Cost of Education and UH Analytical Metrics to Promote Greater Efficiency and Productivity; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2013, based on the information presented, the Honolulu Star Advertiser summarized and reported to the general public that

UH-Mānoa had the highest percentage of undergraduate courses with fewer than 10 students - at 19 percent - followed by UH-Hilo at 13 percent and UH community colleges at 8 percent. At UH-West Oahu, 4 percent of courses had fewer than 10 students.

Board of Regents members said the results indicated there was room for cutting costs.

; and

WHEREAS, at the April 17, 2013 meeting of the Mānoa Faculty Senate, input from faculty revealed that The Cost of Education report is flawed in a variety of ways including the following;

  • Outreach College courses, which are funded by a separate system, were listed;
  • Cross-listed courses were double counted as if they were separate courses and thus appear smaller than 10 when they are in fact larger;
  • Courses that many faculty teach above and beyond their normal course loads were listed;

Courses that are designed for small enrollment, including internships, field experiences, music and arts were listed.
; and

WHEREAS the data on faculty instructional workloads is flawed, the report does not reflect the actual cost of instruction or present an accurate depiction of faculty workloads in the full range of teaching, research and service responsibilities expected at a research university like the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; and

WHEREAS, while the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa may be comparable to “Peer Institutions” on the basis of student characteristics, it is not comparable with respect to the greater amount of research that is expected of UH Mānoa faculty compared to “Peer Institutions”; and

WHEREAS efficiency is only one of many values for measuring higher education, and it is important to look at the tradeoffs between efficiency and quality of education, as well as the holistic development of students; and

WHEREAS faculty contribute to education in many ways beyond instruction; and

WHEREAS, although the report addressed Mānoa faculty workloads and class sizes, Mānoa faculty governance organizations were not consulted or informed about the report prior to its public presentation; and

WHEREAS the premature public release of this report has cast an undeservedly negative impression of the University of HawaiĘ»i at Mānoa and its faculty, with the Board of Regents and the general public; and

WHEREAS the decision to release a flawed and premature report reflects the poor judgment of the UH System administration.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mānoa Faculty Senate calls for the UH System administration to publicly acknowledge the deficiencies already recognized in the report and to correct the final report, with the involvement of the Mānoa administration and Mānoa faculty, before conclusions are drawn or decisions are considered based on its content; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be sent to: all members of the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents, University of Hawaiʻi System President M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawaiʻi System Executive Vice President and Provost Linda Johnsrud, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple; University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Reed Dasenbrock and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


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