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UH Mānoa Strategic Plan 2015–2021

Anticipating the impending sunset of the 2011-15 Strategic Plan, Achieving Our Destiny, Interim Chancellor Bley-Vroman assigned responsibility for preparing the new Mānoa strategic plan to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in accord with his view that academics are the center of the campus and his office is more properly concerned with managing external relations. The current Strategic Planning Committee is co-chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and a former chair of the Mānoa Faculty Senate. Each of the three shared governance organizations, MFS, GSO, and ASUH, as well as Kualiʻi Council have assigned representatives as well. An important development since Achieving Our Destiny was created is the formal adoption of the University of Hawaiʻi System’s Strategic Directions, 2015-2021 which will shape the actions taken by the UH System for the foreseeable future. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Strategic Planning Committee worked collaboratively with the campus executive team and the faculty senate leadership to develop a high-level matrix linking two priority Mānoa initiatives to each of the four Strategic Directions. The timeline for the plan is 2015-2021, which is aligned with the Strategic Directions as well as the date of the next comprehensive visit from WASC for re-accreditation. Many of the issues central to the plan are issues that will also be central to the next accreditation visit.

The matrix was green-lighted by all of the shared governance structures at UH Mānoa and was endorsed by Chancellor Bley-Vroman. It is the basis upon which the comprehensive strategic plan is being structured. The matrix identifies the eight initiatives and their respective leads. SPC's original timeline was such that in 2015 each lead would constitute a task force including members of the shared governance organizations and develop a detailed plan for each initiative, with goals, action steps, the individuals responsible for each step and metrics for assessing progress on the plan. We have made great progress in some areas, less progress in others, and no progress at all in a couple.

Now posted on this site are the plans developed for three of the eight initiatives, SPARC, SERG and Ka Ho'okö Küleana, which were endorsed by the Strategic Planning Committee at its meeting on January 20, 2016. These will be transmitted to the campus community for comment. Specific groups that are being ask to endorse the action plans include the three shared governance organizations: ASUH, GSO, and MFS, the Campus Facilities Planning Board, and Academic Affairs Deans. If you have any comments on the plans, please send them to The hope of the SPC is to have formal endorsements from all relevant groups by the close of Spring 2016.

Endorsement need not be an indication that everyone approves of every idea in each of these complex documents, nor does it mean that all necessary resources have been located to actualize the plans. The purpose of strategic planning is to lay out a road map or sail plan, to say where we want to go, and the task that then follows is to figure out how to get there. But these three documents combine in our judgment to form a powerful vision focused on real issues that need to be tackled, and we welcome your grappling with them.

Transitions in other areas of the Mānoa administration have affected progress on developing initiative plans. Interim Vice Chancellor for Research Taylor returned to his position as Dean of SOEST at the end of 2015, with Michael Bruno coming on as the new VCR in January of 2016. There are two initiatives which are part of his kuleana, Advancing the Research Enterprise and Fostering Excellent Faculty and Shared-use Facilities, and while VCR Taylor made a good start on developing plans for these initiatives, we thought it best to ensure the incoming VCR also had a chance to shape the initiative plans. So expect two more documents concerned with Mānoa's research and scholarly enterprise to follow these three plans in the near future.

There are two interlocking initiatives on facilities, Creating 21st Century Facilities and Becoming a Sustainable Campus, focused on managing the backlog of deferred maintenance and reducing our carbon footprint by cutting energy usage. While a good deal of work is being done on these issues, uncertainty about the future administrative structure for Mānoa facilities has prevented the creation of formal action plans to date. The final initiative concerns relations between the UH System and UH Mānoa. President Lassner is properly the lead on this matter, and his presentation to the Board of Regents on January 28th will lay out an approach to this issue. After that, it will be clear who needs to be involved in the facilities part of the plan.

When the set of plans for all eight initiatives is finalized, the Mānoa strategic plan will be complete. This final plan will be more like a loose-leaf binder than a bound book: as time progresses, the action plan for each initiative will evolve, as will the overall plan. This ongoing planning process will be dynamic and responsive to the changing needs of UH Mānoa and the broader community.

Strategic Planning Committee members were appointed by the Chancellor based on recommendations by the Mānoa Faculty Senate, ASUH, GSO, UHAA, and Mānoa deans and directors. Current members are:

  • Peter Arnade, Dean, Arts and Humanities
  • Maenette Benham, Dean, Hawaiʻinuiikea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Michael Bruno, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Marguerite A. Butler, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Kathy Cutshaw, Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Operations
  • Reed Dasenbrock, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Co-chair
  • David Ericson, Professor, College of Education, Co-Chair, MFS
  • April Goodwin, Program Officer, OVCAA
  • Lori Ideta, Vice Chancellor for Students
  • Donna Kiyosaki, Associate Vice President for Administration, UH System
  • Nalani Minton, Kualiʻi Council
  • Richard Mizusawa, graduate student, GSO
  • Noreen Mokuau, Dean, Myron B.Thompson School of Social Work
  • Shawn Nakamoto, Director of Public Affairs
  • Cecily Ornelles, Associate Professor, College of Education
  • Duane Stevens, Professor, SOEST
  • Laiana Wong, Associate Professor, HSHK
  • Kelly Zakimi, ASUH
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309
  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309
    SPARC presentation - AVC Shabazz
  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309
  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309
  • Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309
  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 9:00–10:30 a.m., Hawaiʻi Hall 309

Initiative Plans


Feedback on Draft Plans