Hawaii News Digest, 13 October 2017, 1600 UTC, Post #15765.
Reporter: Kirsten Johnson (“Hawaii Tribune-Herald”).
Accessed on 13 October 2017, 1600 UTC.
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A proposal to cut back and even eliminate some courses from the UH-Hilo curriculum isn’t sitting well with students and faculty. Those attending an open-air meeting hosted by Hilo State Senator Gil Kahele opposed course reductions, especially the possible shut down of the school’s popular jazz orchestra.
Faculty members expressed their concerns to Kahele “about a lack of transparency by the administration and frustration over the proposal to slash course offerings.”
UH-Hilo interim chancellor, Marcia Sakai, told reporter Kirsten Johnson that state-imposed restrictions are impacting the UH-Hilo campus:
“resources available to UH-Hilo are lower this year” because a decline in tuition revenue and state restrictions on general fund appropriations.
Enrollment campuswide decreased 3.5 percent this year, the sixth consecutive year it’s gone down… (the) campus is facing about a $1.2 million decrease in tuition revenue to Academic Affairs — the unit that administers the budget for instructional departments — and a $350,000 decrease to Academic Affairs as a result of the state restrictions.”
Sakai said less revenue means “difficult decisions are being made across the entire university and are not limited to the Humanities division.”
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