UH Hilo Strategic Planning

Meeting Notes - June 29, 2021

Combined Doing Committee Meeting: Tuesday, June 29 at 9:30am

Present from Relationships Doing Committee: Pat Guillen, Justina Mattos, Jennifer Stotter, Makamae Kamaka-Mauhili, and Julie Mowrer. From Importance of Place Committee: Heather Kaluna, Hualani Loo, Michele Ebersole, Franny Brewer, Todd Inouye

Meeting purpose: Bring together both doing committees to discuss the strategic action plan

Strategy 2: Build bridges between academic and student affairs towards successful partnerships to ensure student success. The actions/deliverables currently listed don’t have real teeth. There needs to be substantive change (Initiatives like a Transfer Center, deliverables that advance advising, clear pathways for faculty to interact with prospective students and student affairs staff, etc).

Strategy 4: Improve interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts to ensure student success. Under develop co-teaching, what is the baseline for this across campus? Streamlining our general education requirements may support collabprative efforts.

Strategy 5: Build our level of engagement and communicate those efforts internally and externally to celebrate our role in regional stewardship. Connect faculty to ClimbHI and Vibrant Hawai'i - guest speaking, internships, mentorships

Strategy 6: Strengthen and support ʻāina- and community-based high impact practices. There seems to be a sense across campus that teaching 100- and 200-level courses is an insult, a lesser role than teaching 300- and 400-level courses. We need to shift this thinking. Committee members feel that with faculty dedicated and invested in providing unique experiences for our first and second year students, our retention rates and student success would improve.

Strategy 7: Nurture and strengthen campus relationships and campus culture. Under formalize Hawaiian practices action - Redesign spaces with images and ʻōlelo. A student survey suggests that using Hawaiian language, identifying plants, building names and signage is important. Also, acknowledging the diversity of the entire community and our place in the Pacific is important. Under express gratitude, build an online system for thank yous to people and units across campus. Affinity groupsmay open new pathways, new perspectives.

Strategy 8: Create a professional development program that targets critical skills needed on campus. Under onboarding, schedule an annual service trip for faculty and staff (perhaps required for new employees but open to entire campus).

Strategy 9: Develop a stronger and future-focused organizational infrastructure including facilities, equipment, and workplace operations. Identify areas missing key positions and plan accordingly - Alumni/Dev, Admissions, etc. And, How do we know where we are at with institutionalizing programs (MAAP was mentioned) that we don't want to lose? Which programs need to be funded and which are at risk due to lack of future funding? If we had that information, it would be easier to determine where to put effort. Also, it would be helpful to know the histories of past efforts (successful or unsuccessful).

Other conversation: There was much discussion about the need for baselines - how do we know where we are with current efforts across campus and how do we learn from past efforts? There were also mentions of the importance of acknowledging efforts already in progress.