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Communicate with the Senate

A RESOLUTION FROM THE MANOA FACULTY SENATE RECOMMENDING A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR AND THE APPOINTMENT OF A CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I AT MANOA

WHEREAS: The hiring freeze that the administration implemented in order to accommodate Manoa's budget cuts has visited random damage to departments and programs, depending on where retirements and other departures have occurred;

WHEREAS: This random damage is now compromising the integrity and soundness of academic programs across the Manoa campus;

WHEREAS: The morale of Manoa's faculty now ranks at the bottom of the UH System, and this situation is not only driving away capable faculty but, in addition, making it more difficult to fill vacancies with the best-qualified candidates;

WHEREAS: Notwithstanding the strong recommendations of the Manoa Faculty Senate to revitalize undergraduate education for the purpose of shifting to a tuition-driven fiscal strategy, Manoa's central administration has failed to marshall anything more than a tepid response;

WHEREAS: Manoa's graduate and professional programs are continuing to suffer from a persistent pattern of administrative neglect, in extreme cases allowing distinguished schools and programs to languish -- year after year after year -- without the appointment of permanent deans;

WHEREAS: The research component of the University, primarily lodged in Manoa and responsible for bringing into the state hundreds of millions of dollars per year, now receives one of the lowest rates of government overhead in the nation, primarily because of the administration's failure to repair and maintain Manoa's research facilities;

WHEREAS: Notwithstanding that Manoa's education of roughly 10,000 undergraduate students each year is its most important contribution to the people of the state, this critically important enterprise is not assigned as the responsibility of any Manoa administrator;

WHEREAS: University functions as basic as enrollment management are largely neglected at Manoa, including undergraduate recruitment, exit interviewing, academic advising and curriculum review;

WHEREAS: The administration has set forth no vision of how Manoa can reorganize itself so as to generate new sources of revenue and flourish in a new economic and educational setting;

WHEREAS: All of Manoa's constituting functions -- undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, research, and service -- are in a state of crisis brought on by years of neglect;

WHEREAS: The advocacy enjoyed by the System's community colleges and other institutions is not matched by advocacy on behalf of Manoa, which alone lacks an independent chancellor; AND

WHEREAS: It is unreasonable to expect that the present administration in its current form is capable of filling the leadership vacuum at the pinnacle of Manoa's administrative structure;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

That the Office of Manoa Chancellor be separated from its present conjunction with the Office of the President of the University of Hawai'i;

That the Manoa Faculty Senate be involved in the configuration and implementation of the new office, including the selection of the person holding that office;

That a national search be conducted for an academician with a demonstrated ability to revitalize institutions of higher learning; AND

That this reorganization involve no increase in the numbers of administrators within the UH System.


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