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UH Mānoa 2015–2021 Strategic Plan Executive Summary

29 July 2016

Anticipating the impending sunset of the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, Achieving Our Destiny, In September 2014, 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 (SPC) is co-chaired by a former chair of the Mānoa Faculty Senate and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Each of the three shared governance organizations, MFS, GSO, and ASUH, as well as Kuali’i Council have assigned representatives. 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. It was therefore decided that the timeline for the Mānoa plan would also be 2015-2021, which aligns the date of the plan with the next comprehensive visit from WASC for re-accreditation as well as with the System’s Strategic Directions. Many of the issues central to the plan are issues that will also be central to the next accreditation visit. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the SPC 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. This is the basis upon which the comprehensive strategic plan is being structured. The matrix identifies the eight initiatives and their respective leads. It was green-lighted by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year by each of the shared governance structures at UH Mānoa, was then endorsed by Chancellor Bley-Vroman and is therefore the cornerstone of the plan.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, task forces for most of the initiatives were launched. Each lead was expected to 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. In Spring 2016, action plans for three of the eight initiatives, SPARC, SERG and Ka Hoʾokō Kūleana, were endorsed by the SPC and transmitted to the campus community for comment. By the end of the spring semester, these had been endorsed (with comments and suggestions for improvement) by ASUH, GSO, the Campus Facilities Planning Board, and the Academic Affairs Deans. One committee of the Mānoa Faculty Senate, the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, also commented on the plans in some detail, and all of this commentary is available on the Strategic Plan website.

During the next academic year, we will therefore be proceeding on two fronts. First, we will be moving ahead on implementation on the three approved plans. We have developed detailed matrices that delineate the next steps, the responsible parties, barriers to implementation, and a timeline for each of the ideas in each plan. The task forces that developed the plans will continue to meet to monitor progress as well as continue to brainstorm possible additional action steps. Second, we expect to receive plans on at least four more initiatives, which have been delayed somewhat by transitions in administrative leadership.

The new Vice Chancellor for Research, Michael Bruno, has two initiatives which are part of his kuleana, Advancing the Research Enterprise and Fostering Excellent Faculty and Shared-use Facilities. The plans he is developing on Mānoa’s research and scholarly enterprise should be presented to the SPC in the near future. There are two interlocking initiatives on facilities, Creating 21 st Century Facilities and Becoming a Sustainable Campus, focused on managing the backlog of deferred maintenance and reducing our carbon footprint by cutting energy usage. Interim Associate Vice Chancellor (and system Assistant Vice President) Donna Kiyosaki has been named to the SPC and should be presenting her plan on these matters to the SPC later this year. We hope and expect that these next four plans will be presented to and approved by the SPC during 2016, with the same process of consultation with the shared governance organizations and others to follow.

The final initiative concerns relations between the UH System and UH Mānoa. This is properly the concern of the UH President and the Mānoa Chancellor but development of a formal plan in this area may require waiting until Mānoa has a permanent Chancellor.

When the set of plans for all eight initiatives is finalized, Mānoa’s strategic plan will be complete. The 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.

Michael Bruno
Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Chair, UH Mānoa Strategic Planning Committee

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
  • Marguerite A. Butler, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Kathy Cutshaw, Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Operations
  • Michael Bruno, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Chair
  • April Goodwin, Program Officer, OVCAA
  • Lori Ideta, Vice Chancellor for Students
  • Donna Kiyosaki, Associate Vice President for Administration, UH System
  • Nalani Minton, Kualiʻi Council
  • Amy McKee, 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
  • David Enriquez, 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