UH Board of Regents Approves University Budget Recommendations for 2005-2007 Fiscal Biennium

Established status for nursing and international cultural studies degrees and certificates also approved at September monthly meeting

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Posted: Sep 10, 2004

At its monthly meeting held today at Kauaʻi Community College, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) approved the university‘s budget recommendations totaling $715 million for the 2005-2007 fiscal biennium. The approved budget will now be forwarded to the Governor and the 2005 Legislature.

The total budget recommendation breaks down to $363.86 million for fiscal year 2006 and $351.14 million for fiscal year 2007. The university is also requesting a total of $305 million in capital improvement funds.

In requesting this funding, the university‘s recommendations focused on four key priorities for the university system—serving Native Hawaiians; addressing infrastructure, repair and maintenance needs; expanding workforce development and economic diversification initiatives; and responding to the enrollment surge of the past several years.

In addition to what was originally presented by the university administration, the BOR added to the budget request approximately $1.6 million for fiscal year 2006 and $2.4 million for fiscal year 2007 for salaries for the medical school; $500,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $500,000 for fiscal year 2007 for additional medical school operating expenses; and $225,000 for fiscal year 2006 and $225,000 for fiscal year 2007 for the university‘s Internal Auditor‘s Office.

In other board action, established status for the PhD program in Nursing in the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at UH Mānoa was approved. The PhD program in Nursing seeks to address the severe state, national, and international shortage of doctoral faculty in nursing that is associated with the increasing need for more nurses. It is designed to prepare nurse scholars to teach in nursing education programs, especially those with minority student populations, and to conduct culturally appropriate clinical scholarship to improve the health of a diverse society. Six students have graduated from the program since 2002, and there are 26 continuing and six newly-admitted students in the program this semester.

Established status was also approved for a graduate certificate in International Cultural Studies offered at UH Mānoa. The program is supported by Mānoa‘s College of Arts and Humanities, College of Social Sciences, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, and the East-West Center. It focuses on the cultural interactions across local and national borders, with an emphasis on contemporary issues in the Asia/Pacific/U.S. region, and develops tools for a more informed and critical understanding of the role of culture in public debates and policy. 54 students have been admitted to the program and 16 have graduated since it was initiated in fall 1999.

An agenda item to approve the creation of a College of Pharmacy at the UH Hilo campus was deferred to the board‘s October meeting, which will be held at UH Hilo.