Message From UH Hilo Chancellor: Reorganization Proposal for College of Arts and Sciences, Town Halls Scheduled

Dear Colleagues,

Chancellor Donald Straney

Attached is the updated proposal and related files for the reorganization of the College of Arts and Sciences. I appreciate your patience with the process.

Vice Chancellor Platz and I have scheduled three Town Hall meetings where we invite you to come to discuss this proposal. Schedule of meetings:

  • Friday, Feb. 24, 3:00 p.m., University Classroom Building, room 127.
  • Wednesday, March 1, 9:00 a.m., University Classroom Building, room 127.
  • Thursday, March 2, 11:30 a.m.,  University Classroom Building, room 111.

We welcome your feedback.

We look forward to further conversation.

Sincerely,

Don Straney

“UH Hilo has experienced enrollment losses, as has most of the rest of the UH System. Given that a majority of our funding now comes from tuition, stabilizing and rebuilding enrollments is essential to maintaining the comprehensive university we have labor

ed to build over the decades. Reorganization must be viewed as a tactic for rebuilding enrollments and preserving programs and services. This plan was designed to serve three goals (1) foster better management of resources by eliminating administrative layers between deans and the departments, (2) foster effective enrollment management and (3) be minimally disruptive.

“Our proposed reorganization creates college units that will be expected to manage retention and graduation of their students in an effective manner. We will need to evaluate programs, activities and initiatives to assess how they will help us meet specific goals. Our goal is to increase our enrollment and retention rates to those we achieved earlier this decade.”[from original, September 2016 reorganization proposal] (Reorganization Proposal (PDF))

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