UH examines 33 programs for consolidation or cuts


POSTED: Monday, May 25, 2009

The Marine Option Program and degrees and certificates in classics, music composition and dance are among 33 programs under review for possible elimination as part of a long-term strategy to streamline the budget at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.





        These UH-Manoa programs are being reviewed for possible elimination:

        » Master's in dance Plan B (one of four graduate tracks offered in dance)

        » Bachelor's in musicology

        » Bachelor of Music—Guitar degree

        » Master's in (music) composition

        » Bachelor's in classics

        » Certificate in Russian

        » Russian 101-202 Language Program

        » Certificate in Human Language and Computers

        » Certificate in Languages of Hawaii and the Pacific

        » Certificate in Linguistics

        » Marine Option Program

        » Chemistry 152 course

        » Honors Physics Program

        » Certificate in Political Economy

        » Waseda-MAcc program in the School of Accountancy

        » Technology Activators Project Certificate

        » Technology Intensive Enhancement Series Certificate

        » Secondary Visual Arts Education program in the Curriculum Research and Development Group

        » Master of Education in curriculum studies, specialization in K-12 health education

        » Master of Education (remote online degree program in collaboration with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning)

        » Master of Education in curriculum studies, specialization in secondary physical education

        » Ph.D. in policy studies (offered by Department of Educational Foundations and Educational Administration)

        » Institute for Teacher Education, Elementary Education Program

        » Master of Education in special education, deaf/hard of hearing

        » Acquisitions Department, Library Services

        » Serials Department, Library Services

        » R.N. to B.S. program in Department of Nursing

        » Norway Exchange Programs

        » Semester Abroad in Adelaide, Australia

        » Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Study Abroad Program

        » Summer Independent Self-Designed Study Abroad Program

        » International Bridge Program

        » Proposed travel industry management bachelor's in hospitality degree in Singapore



In an e-mail to faculty, Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw emphasized that final decisions have not been made on whether programs will be cut.

Hinshaw said she appointed a committee to review the recommendations during the summer, and meetings will be held in the fall to get reactions from the campus before any programs are terminated.

Besides phasing out programs, UH-Manoa also is looking at consolidating the School of Travel Industry Management with the Shidler College of Business, and reorganizing the Pacific Biosciences Research Center, possibly moving staff into other research units like natural sciences, the medical school and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Some staff and faculty say they will fight to save their programs.

The Marine Option Program had been targeted before during budget cuts, most recently in 2000.

“;It's real tiresome,”; said former program director Sherwood Maynard. “;It's such an unusual program that it's difficult for the regular administrators to embrace it as much as students do.”;

The program, part of the College of Natural Sciences, allows students from other majors to take marine-related courses and graduate with a certificate.

In a memo, university administrators noted the university now offers a bachelor's degree in marine biology and that “;rebalancing”; support of the Marine Option Program and marine biology “;will not affect the supply of adequately trained individuals for the many critical functions in the state.”;

“;Just because we don't give a degree doesn't mean we're not an effective educational program,”; Maynard said.

“;This is a program that was born at the University of Hawaii. It's unique. ... It motivates students and helps them figure out what to do with the rest of their lives.”;

The last time the Marine Option Program was threatened with budget cuts, alumni rallied to help save it. Maynard said alumni are again starting to organize to make the argument to keep the program.

Former interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Peter Quigley said the university has been reviewing all programs for the last year, before the recent budget crisis.

“;The process was meant to have everything on the table,”; Quigley said. “;It was designed to make sure our resources and direction made sense and was being administered in the most effective and strategic way.”;

Hinshaw, in her e-mail, said she has been studying the recommendations to see how they meet the goals set for the university in its strategic plan.

“;It's a very healthy and reflective and, I think, responsible activity for a state institution to engage in,”; Quigley said.

Gary Ostrander, vice chancellor for research, said the university has not calculated how much money would be saved by the recommendations. He said the review is just looking at whether programs fit in the university's “;core mission,”; and financial considerations will come later.

UH-Manoa is also looking at combining the Water Resources Research Center and the Environmental Center into a program in sustainability science, technology and policy, and integrating the Industrial Relations Center into Hamilton Library.

Robert J. Ball, chairman of the Classics Division at UH-Manoa, said he was “;disappointed, to say the least,”; at the news that the university was considering eliminating the bachelor's degree in classics, the study of ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature.

“;The classics program is regarded as the basis of Western university instruction,”; Ball said. “;This program is essential to the formation of a truly multicultural curriculum.”;

Hinshaw said the administration is looking at reducing the number of low-enrollment certificate and degree programs.

But James Brown, a professor of Russian, said just because a subject is not popular now does not mean it is not needed.

“;There's something to be said about providing students with what they want, but it can become ludicrous to the point where you provide only that,”; Brown said. “;You end up having just one flavor of things.”;