Office of the President

Office of the President
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Honolulu, HI 96822

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September 2012

Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory and AUW campaign

Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory

You may have seen UH Manoa’s Hawai‘i Space Flight Laboratory featured on the front page of the Honolulu Star Advertiser this month. The university is on track to design, build, launch and control its own satellites through this program. It involves three campuses—UH Manoa, Honolulu Community College and Kaua‘i Community College. The first launch is scheduled for September of next year—exactly a year from now—from Kaua‘i’s Pacific Missle Range Facility.

This is an amazing opportunity for UH. Project leaders tell us the bulk of the first launch ($30 million to $35 million) will be paid for by the Department of Defense. The project will enable UH to do science experiments and allow outside companies to “piggy back” and fly new electronics and computers into space that will change the profile of our opportunities here. We’re excited about this program and look forward to the university’s space flight future.

Aloha United Way

We are a little more than halfway through the Aloha United Way campaign and I can proudly say that we have 153 active accounts across our O‘ahu campuses. They have all demonstrated a lot of support and creativity with rallies and fundraising events such as bake sales, a bowling tournament, crafters’ mini-fair and a country store.

Thank you to all of our AUW coordinators and volunteers. The money raised will go toward some 300 non-profit organizations and community support programs in Hawai‘i.

University and campus news

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Western Association of Schools and Colleges draft report

We received the draft WASC report this month, and our accreditors have some great things to say about the University of Hawai‘i System. Dr. George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, headed the team that commended the UH System for improvements made in the retention and graduation rates of our undergraduate students, particularly with regard to enrollment and graduate rates among Native Hawaiian students.

The team was also impressed with our financial planning and our careful attention to finances during an economic downturn. WASC praised the UH System for the way we managed our finances, which allowed us to educate more students, more effectively than ever before despite the decrease in state funding.

The team also noted the outstanding progress the university has made in securing federal grants to support our leading-edge research, with further increases coming—even as federal support for university research nationwide is dwindling.

There is much more to the draft report, which includes draft points that were made in our exit interview. The final WASC report should be available on the WASC website in a few weeks.