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Resource for COVID-19 budget crisis planning for Fiscal Year 2021–2022 and beyond

As stated in the September 11, 2020, message to the UH Mānoa campus by Provost Michael Bruno, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a dire fiscal crisis for the State of Hawaiʻi and for the University of Hawaiʻi as well. UH leadership, and every UH Mānoa unit — academic, administrative, athletics, ITS — is developing plans to enhance opportunities for program and revenue growth and to meet Hawaiʻiʻs most urgent needs. The plans are expected to produce significant cost savings through reduction of administrative costs, the elimination of low enrollment academic programs and the reorganization of programs and departments.

This is phase two of a two-phase plan to address the financial crisis. The first phase consisted of immediate cost saving measures including a hiring freeze and a freeze on all non-extramural-funded travel. This website, which will be continually updated, serves as a campus resource to provide the latest information and data that every UH Mānoa unit is working with to inform the critical decisions that will be made.

Economic and Institutional Context

The following presentations to the UH Board of Regents are on the financial impact to the university and the State of Hawaiʻi due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentations provide context to the long-term economic challenges facing the state and the university. As of September 11, the state has not released its budget allocations for each state department, including the university, or announced expected cost saving measures. That information will be added as soon it is available.

Economic data superimposed over a shore-facing view of Waikiki

Presentations to the UH Board of Regents on the economic conditions facing Hawaiʻi

  • Presentation to the BOR Committee on Budget and Finance on September 3, 2020 on the State Economic Forecast by University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization Executive Director Carl Bonham, “Battered by Covid-19, Hawaiʻi Begins to Reopen.”
  • Presentation to the BOR Committee on Budget and Finance on September 3, 2020 by the Office of the Vice President for Budget and Finance/Chief Financial Officer on the condition of the economy (BOR vote on proposed budget deferred until state provides UH’s budget allocation).
  • The UH Mānoa budget summary submitted in August 2020 to the BOR as part of the UH System Fiscal Year 2020–2021 Operating Budget (BOR vote on proposed budget deferred until state provides UH’s budget allocation).

ferns growing out of a lava flow

Repositioning the university to meet Hawaiʻi’s most urgent needs

Resolution adopted by UH Board of Regents Proclaiming an Emergency (due the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis) and Directing Action by the University of Hawaiʻi Administration.

UH Mānoa Campus Data

The data below is helping guide and inform the decision making process for Phase 2 of the university plan to address the financial crisis and meet Hawaiʻi’s most urgent needs. Important notes about the data provided.

Important notes regarding the data

The data is predominately from Academic Year 2019; Academic Year 2020 data is being consolidated now.

  • Some data includes comparison to three and five year averages.
  • Data are pulled from multiple systems and therefore discrepancies can occur.
  • Student Semester Hours (SSH) are based on the census date for each term.
  • Faculty ratio information is listed under the designation “Dean’s Office” or ”Instructional Units,” instead of within a specific department, in the minor instances where a direct match to a department could not be made.
  • Degrees awarded are based on end of semester information for each term. Degrees are counted once in each distinct school/college and department in the academic year in which the degree was awarded. Joint degree programs are listed under 1 department as categorized by IRAO.
  • Data for majors includes both primary and non-primary majors. The major count is based on the distinct instances of students in a school/college each term. If a student switches majors mid-year, they would be counted in each major that year. Exploratory programs are shown under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by subject area.
  • Graduate Assistant (GA) counts are provided for extramural and institutional GAs by department and major.
  • Data for UH Mānoa units that were under reorganization as of June 30, 2019 are not reflected in their revised status.
  • Student Semester Hours (SSH) are the sum of semester hours taken by all students registered in all credit courses.
  • FTE stands for Full Time Equivalent (i.e., if an employee works ½ time, they are 50% FTE.

Summary of Budget Committee Suggestions and Unit Responses

How to provide feedback

Email COVID19@hawaii.edu to provide feedback on any aspect of the Phase 2 planning and/or any of the ideas for consideration.

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