Monday, July 27, 2009

Higher Education in Hawai‘i

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to be a panelist on "Insights with Dan Boylan," a live PBS broadcast. I accepted. Such an ample opportunity to have student voices heard through a professional and public forum should never be passed up. To student readers, I encourage you to watch the program if you haven't already. It is important to be informed, because with 33 departments, 150 faculty positions, and 500 classes up for cuts, you WILL be affected. Be involved and learn what you can do to help remedy the financial situation we are facing.

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"As the State faces massive budget cuts the impact on higher education will be significant. Which programs are on the chopping block and how will faculty and students be affected?"

Scheduled Panelists were as followed:
VIRGINIA HINSHAW - Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
MICHAEL UNEBASAMI - Associate VP, Administrative Affairs for Community Colleges
DAVID ROSS - Chair, Mānoa Faculty Senate Executive Committee
MARK ING - President, Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH)


  1. having a hard time getting this to load. :(

  2. "can't make a fiscal problem a generational problem. The community and the state aren't on the same page..."

    That's tough. So what's the ultimate solution to "stimulating the economy" ? Get everyone into college to become entrepreneurs, artists and teachers, and then tax them over their lifetime the money their courses had cost them?

    For now I can see that the cuts are really hurting. What should the students do? Stick to the limited, less affected majors? Fire at the state with letters?

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