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University of Hawaii

The University of Hawaii system consists of 10 campuses spread across six Hawaiian islands. The campuses include dozens of educational, training and research centers. The university was established in 1907 as the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu. Today, under a new name, the university serves more than 54,000 undergraduate and graduate students in more than 640 educational programs including 130 bachelor's degree programs, 90 master's degree programs and 50 doctoral programs. There are also at least 114 associate's degree programs available for students in the UH system, and a number of web-based distance-learning opportunities. UH's fiscal year 2012 budget is $902.3 million.

History

The university first opened in 1907 as the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. The school opened up with only 10 students and 13 faculty members. It graduated its first class of three students in 1912. That same year, the school was renamed the College of Hawaii and moved to Manoa Valley. William Kwai Fong Yap petitioned the territorial legislature for university status in 1920. The University of Hawaii graduated its first Ph.D., J. S. Phillips in 1931, who wrote his dissertation about ant control in pineapple fields.

In 1941, the school was closed for two months following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1964, UH created the modern UH Community Colleges system, with Honolulu, Kapiolani, Kauai, and Maui campuses. Hawaii voters strongly supported constitutional autonomy for the University in 2000, which gave more control to the university in matters concerning the management of its resources.

Faculty

The university has approximately 4,200 faculty members distributed among its 10 campuses. They teach more than 600 programs, including a number of web-based distance-learning opportunities.

Budget

The University of Hawaii's annual budget is about $902.3 million, amounting to about 8 percent of the state’s total operating budget. Its budget is separate from the department of education's budget. Its funding sources include the state general fund, tuition, student fees, special funds and grants.

Accreditation

The University of Hawaii receives its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools. In 2004, the university almost lost its accreditation over a disagreement between the board and then-president Evan Dobelle over his alleged use of university funds for personal purposes. The negative attention lowered morale within the university system. In April 2010, the commission reported marked improvement in the relationship between the board and the president, and an overall higher morale among students and faculty.

Board of Regents

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents is the primary authority for the university system. The 15 regents are nominated by a special council for that purpose, and then appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature. The regents appoint a university president who is then responsible for carrying out the policies and standards issued by the board.

The Campuses

• UH Manoa — The University of Hawaii at Manoa was established in 1907 and is the flagship campus of the UH System. The university is ranked as a Division I athletics program and is a part of NCAA. UH Manoa is a 320-acre campus situated just outside downtown Honolulu.

• UH Hilo — Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, the University of Hawaii at Hilo was established in 1947. Its strengths are the studies of volcanoes, marine sciences and astronomy. The campus houses some of the world’s best telescopes. UH Hilo is also the only place in the nation where students can earn a master’s degree in indigenous language studies.

• UH West Oahu — University of Hawaii-West Oahu is located in Pearl City and was established in 1976.

• Hawaii Community College — Located on the Big Island, Hawaii Community College was established in 1941 primarily to provide vocational education in areas such as automotive mechanics, carpentry, machine shop, and dress making. HCC eventually incorporated programs such as agriculture and nursing.

• Honolulu Community College — Located near downtown Honolulu, Honolulu Community College was established in 1920. It has a liberal arts curriculum focused in aviation, automotive arts, transportation, IT, communications, and construction.

• Kapiolani Community College — Located near Diamond Head, on the island of Oahu, Kapiolani Community College was established in 1964. It is known for its culinary arts program, health sciences, and emergency medical services.

• Kauai Community College — Located on the island of Kauai, Kauai Community College was established in 1964. The college focuses on vocational and professional training for transfer-level liberal arts education.

• Leeward Community College — Located near Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Leeward Community College was established in 1968. The school has a strong culinary arts program, as well as professional and community performing arts programs that attract thousands each year.

• Maui College — Maui College is located in Kahului, Maui and was established in 1964. Maui College is often noted for their culinary arts program and the Maui Language Institute.

• Windward Community College — Windward Community College is located in Kaneohe on Oahu and was established in 1972. It is known for its creative arts and Hawaiian Studies.

Faculty Members Take On UH Over Claims Of Broken Promises, Retribution University of Hawaii

Faculty Members Take On UH Over Claims Of Broken Promises, Retribution

A case heard Thursday by the Hawaii Labor Relations Board alleges the university didn’t honor key conditions of one professor’s hire letter and retaliated against another.

Committee OKs Bill To Shield UH Regents From Revealing Financial Info Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Committee OKs Bill To Shield UH Regents From Revealing Financial Info

Bankers, former regents and contractors supported the measure while the Ethics Commission and University of Hawaii faculty union opposed it.

Falling Apart: Politics At Play With UH Maintenance Backlog? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Falling Apart: Politics At Play With UH Maintenance Backlog?

The Legislature says it’s a management problem, but the university maintains it’s an issue of funding. Meanwhile, campus facilities continue to crumble to the detriment of students.

Lucky We Live Hawaii, Where College Can Be Affordable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lucky We Live Hawaii, Where College Can Be Affordable

A ProPublica database uses federal student aid data to compare college affordability across the country for low-income students. Hawaii’s flagship public university stacks up well.

CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court Flickr: NIAID

CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court

A Hawaii law center is suing the Centers for Disease Control to release a safety report critical of a University of Hawaii biolab.

UH Law Grad To Clerk For Sotomayor Civil Beat file photo

UH Law Grad To Clerk For Sotomayor

It’s the first time a person of Native Hawaiian ancestry has served as a law clerk with a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation Cory Lum/Civil Beat

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation

Two-thirds of UH Manoa students may not be taking all the courses they need to graduate in four years. Can a new computer program change that and save the state millions?

Poll: Half Of Native Hawaiians Still Oppose Building The TMT Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Poll: Half Of Native Hawaiians Still Oppose Building The TMT

Support for the telescope on Mauna Kea remains high among other ethnic groups, but a long work stoppage hasn’t cooled Native Hawaiian opposition.

Hawaii’s Bold New Approach to Energy Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Bold New Approach to Energy Policy

Bills signed into law Monday by Gov. Ige and a recent decision by the UH Board of Regents prove the state’s deep commitment to energy sustainability.

Want to Save the Planet? Have Fewer Kids Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want to Save the Planet? Have Fewer Kids

A straight-talking scientist at the University of Hawaii says we need to stop focusing on the negative effects of climate change and start talking about the solutions.

Leadership Transition Finds East-West Center at a Crossroads

Leadership Transition Finds East-West Center at a Crossroads

As its longtime president prepares to step down, the center must get serious about new leadership, strategic planning, funding and partnerships.

Auditor: UH Research Corp. is Failing to Meet Its Mission

Auditor: UH Research Corp. is Failing to Meet Its Mission

State audit report slams the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii for complacency in pursuing its mission, as well as poor accountability for its procurement process.

Ige Supports Construction of TMT, Asks UH to Better Manage Mauna Kea Hawaii State Governor's Office

Ige Supports Construction of TMT, Asks UH to Better Manage Mauna Kea

UPDATE: University of Hawaii President David Lassner agrees stewardship of the mountain can be improved.

The Projector:  The Big Day Arrives for 1,700-Plus Graduates at UH Manoa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Projector: The Big Day Arrives for 1,700-Plus Graduates at UH Manoa

Proud relatives and friends join a “record-breaking” number of seniors who jammed the Stan Sheriff Center for the commencement ceremony.

UH Regents Should Let Tuition Hike Move Forward Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Regents Should Let Tuition Hike Move Forward

Reducing the tuition that many students are already paying for the 2015-16 academic year would create problems the University of Hawaii system doesn’t need.

February 2016

Friday, February 5

Faculty Members Take On UH Over Claims Of Broken Promises, Retribution

Tuesday, February 2

Committee OKs Bill To Shield UH Regents From Revealing Financial Info

January 2016

Monday, January 25

Falling Apart: Politics At Play With UH Maintenance Backlog?

Friday, January 22

Lucky We Live Hawaii, Where College Can Be Affordable

Friday, January 15

CDC Secrecy Over UH Biolab Safety Failures Challenged In Court

Monday, January 11

UH Law Grad To Clerk For Sotomayor

December 2015

Monday, December 28

University Of Hawaii Seeks A Speedier Path To Graduation

November 2015

Tuesday, November 10

Poll: Half Of Native Hawaiians Still Oppose Building The TMT

June 2015

Wednesday, June 10

Hawaii’s Bold New Approach to Energy Policy

Monday, June 8

Want to Save the Planet? Have Fewer Kids

Friday, June 5

Leadership Transition Finds East-West Center at a Crossroads

Wednesday, June 3

Auditor: UH Research Corp. is Failing to Meet Its Mission

May 2015

Tuesday, May 26

Ige Supports Construction of TMT, Asks UH to Better Manage Mauna Kea

Friday, May 22

The Projector: The Big Day Arrives for 1,700-Plus Graduates at UH Manoa

Monday, May 18

UH Regents Should Let Tuition Hike Move Forward

Thursday, May 14

Peter Apo: The Last Telescope

April 2015

Wednesday, April 22

Ian Lind: The Legal Challenge to the Thirty Meter Telescope

Tuesday, April 21

UH Regents to Hold Mauna Kea Meeting in Hilo on Sunday

Monday, April 20

Mauna Kea Telescopes: The Business of Astronomy Is Not an Easy One

Friday, April 17

Culture Cave: Gaye Chan’s GalleryHNL Wants To Let The Secret Out

Wednesday, April 15

As Mauna Kea Protests Grow, Some Hawaii Island Residents Worry About Jobs

Tuesday, April 14

Mauna Kea Is a Special Place in Humanity’s Quest for Knowledge

Monday, April 13

UH Student Protests Against TMT Continue

Tuesday, April 7

Hawaii Governor Calls ‘Timeout’ on Mauna Kea Telescope Construction

Thursday, April 2

Governor Nominates Six to Serve on UH Board of Regents

Peter Apo: Mauna Kea Under Siege

March 2015

Wednesday, March 25

Youth Get Glimpse of Future on Job Shadowing Day

February 2015

Friday, February 20

Proposal to Cut UH Programs Illustrates Misunderstanding

January 2015

Tuesday, January 13

Top Hawaii Business Execs Tapped to Find New UH Athletics Director

December 2014

Tuesday, December 30

Audit Faults University of Hawaii’s Use of Certain Funding Sources

Thursday, December 18

University of Hawaii Makes Its Case for More State Support

November 2014

Thursday, November 27

The Projector: Pre-holiday Food Bank, UH Football and Where Rail Meets Highway

Wednesday, November 19

Meet the University of Hawaii’s Newest Lobbyists

October 2014

Monday, October 6

Former Judge Among New Picks for UH Board of Regents

September 2014

Friday, September 19

National Campaign to End Campus Assaults Doesn’t Involve Hawaii Students

Tuesday, September 16

Candidates for Vacant UH Board of Regents Seats Announced

Thursday, September 4

UH Launching Center to Help Commercialize Research

August 2014

Monday, August 25

Gov. Abercrombie Releases $39M for UH Facilities Upgrades

Money 101: The State of Fiscal Affairs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Thursday, August 7

UH Closes All Campuses in Anticipation of Storm

Friday, August 1

Fired UH Chancellor Says Cancer Center Politics Sparked His Termination

July 2014

Thursday, July 31

Students, Faculty Slam UH President for Firing Apple

Wednesday, July 30

Hawaii Monitor: Fallen Apple Has Immediate Practical Consequences

Monday, July 28

Tom Apple’s Ouster: Rumor or Retaliation?

What’s the Story Behind Tom Apple’s Ouster as UH Chancellor?

May 2014

Wednesday, May 14

The Right Stuff? Retired General Vies for University of Hawaii Presidency

Saturday, May 10

Retired General Gets Better Feedback in Second Forum on Bid for UH Prez

April 2014

Saturday, April 19

Escaping Hawaii’s Community College Trap

January 2014

Thursday, January 9

UH Manoa Construction Surge Expected to Cause Significant Disruption

Saturday, January 4

Lawmakers to Look at Construction, Budget Transparency at UH

December 2013

Monday, December 23

Does Tuition Keep Hawaii High School Students from Taking College Courses?

Saturday, December 21

UH Pitches Innovative Plan to Lawmakers to Respond to Large Financial Crisis

Thursday, December 19

Lawmakers: DOE Refusing to Hand Over ‘Pono Choices’ Sex-Ed Materials

Friday, December 6

Why is a Hawaii Agency for Researchers Managing a Construction Project?

November 2013

Saturday, November 23

Will This Longtime Advocate for Public’s Right To Know Be Muzzled?

Thursday, November 21

Hawaii Loses Money as International Student Population Shrinks

October 2013

Saturday, October 5

UH Exec Who Allegedly Lied About Accounting Credential Still on Job

September 2013

Thursday, September 19

UH Investigating Whether Executive Posed as Public Accountant on Resume

Tuesday, September 17

Federal Budget Crisis Likely to Squeeze Hawaii Schools and Universities

Thursday, September 12

Professor Shortage Knocks Two Dozen UH Students Off-Track for Graduation

August 2013

Friday, August 2

Military Ties Are Cause for Concern As UH Searches for New Research VP

July 2013

Wednesday, July 31

Delays Plague Student-Funded Recreation Center at UH Manoa

Thursday, July 18

UH Extends Secret Navy Research Lab Despite Minimal Revenue

Thursday, July 11

Time for a Makeover for the University of Hawaii?

Wednesday, July 10

Mysterious Navy Research Lab at University of Hawaii Is Up for Stealth Renewal

June 2013

Thursday, June 27

Hawaii Ethics Commission: You Can’t Hire Yourself Anymore

Friday, June 7

Board of Regents Grapples With New Direction for University of Hawaii

Saturday, June 1

UH Faculty Union: National Affiliate Is Trying To Wreck Our Solidarity

May 2013

Wednesday, May 22

Did Hawaii’s Senate President Violate The State Ethics Code?

Friday, May 17

Hire Local? Why Mainland Hires Dominate UH Executives

Wednesday, May 15

Why Is The Public Being Shut Out Of Talks About A New UH President?

Tuesday, May 7

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Engage Kids In Science, Tech And Math?

April 2013

Tuesday, April 16

Hawaii Universities Pile on the Fees, Bumping Up Students’ Bills

March 2013

Monday, March 25

UH Spending Millions On PR Efforts to Get Its Message Out

Sunday, March 24

UH-Produced ‘Fake News’ Has Recurring Role in Hawaii Newscasts

Wednesday, March 13

Star Wars: Scientists Hope To Save Lives With New High-Tech Telescope

February 2013

Tuesday, February 26

In the Name of the Law: UH Students vs. The Police

Thursday, February 14

Why Do Hawaii’s Higher Education Committees Meet At the Same Time?

Wednesday, February 6

Lawmakers Crack the Whip on UH Board of Regents

Saturday, February 2

Are UH Regents Doing Enough to Hold Down Escalating Faculty Salaries?

January 2013

Friday, January 25

UH Students: We Had No Idea Our Dorm’s Security Cameras Were Broken

October 2012

Tuesday, October 16

Hawaii Monitor: What’s Behind the UH Athletics Debacle

Thursday, October 11

Dinner And Drinks? It’s On Jim Donovan!

Monday, October 8

Should UH Say Aloha To Football?

Tuesday, October 2

Senate Hearings on UH: What Did We Learn?

September 2012

Sunday, September 30

Hawaii Senators Push For Unredacted Fact-Finder’s Report From University

Monday, September 24

The University of Hawaii’s Costly Fumble

April 2012

Sunday, April 15

Students In High Spirits After Dalai Lama Talk

March 2012

Wednesday, March 21

UH Manoa Faculty: No Confidence in Vice Chancellor for Research

Thursday, March 1

Hawaii Grad Students Fight for Collective Bargaining Rights

February 2012

Monday, February 6

Profs Like Cayetano On Rail, But Not Ready To ‘Forgive and Forget’?

Friday, February 3

Hawaii Lawmakers Push to Reform Gov Regent Picks

Back Into The Lion’s Den, Cayetano Asking for Professors’ Support

January 2012

Tuesday, January 17

UH Seeks Another $15 Million From Legislature

December 2011

Thursday, December 15

UH Could Replace Teaching Farm in Manoa with Faculty Housing

Wednesday, December 7

How Much Will UH Football Coach Earn in Retirement?

November 2011

Thursday, November 17

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: University of Hawaii

Friday, November 4

Hawaii State Salaries 2012: Highest Paid at University of Hawaii

October 2011

Thursday, October 27

Regents Approve Tuition Hike for UH Students

September 2011

Saturday, September 10

More Tech Snafus At University Of Hawaii

Thursday, September 1

Hawaii Problems Won’t be Fixed by Patent Reform

August 2011

Friday, August 26

University of Hawaii Plans Tuition Hike

Wednesday, August 24

UH Manoa Chancellor Leaving Next Summer

July 2011

Thursday, July 28

What Degrees Native Hawaiians Are Earning

Saturday, July 16

University of Hawaii Execs Score $22,000 in Tickets To Their Own Games

Monday, July 11

University of Hawaii Hosts Arabic Immersion Camp

Friday, July 8

UH Chimes In On Hawaii Social Studies Debate

More Native Hawaiians Earn College Degrees

UH Manoa Earns Maximum Reaccreditation

Thursday, July 7

Obama’s Father Considered Giving Son Up for Adoption

Friday, July 1

‘Bibliophile’ Steals 200 Books From UH Library

June 2011

Saturday, June 25

PHOTOS – Research at the University of Hawaii

Friday, June 24

UH Research a Story of Progress and Potential

Ranking Hawaii’s Return On Investment in University Research

Assessing University of Hawaii Faculty Research

University of Hawaii Research: Delivering on Its Promise?

Thursday, June 23

Higher Court Fees Help Increase Access to Justice for Hawaii’s Needy

Friday, June 17

Counting Residents Begs the Question: Who’s Local?

Tuesday, June 14

Hawaii Legislators Rank High in College Degrees

Monday, June 6

The State of ‘Student Voice’ at the University of Hawaii

Saturday, June 4

UH Maui To Get $4.3 Million

May 2011

Thursday, May 19

Regents Split on Research Center’s Future, Punt Decision to UH President

Monday, May 16

“Interim” is the Title for 8 of 19 Deans at UH Manoa

Monday, May 9

Hawaii’s First Community ‘Makery’ Debuts In Palolo

Friday, May 6

Former Hawaii Health Director Nominee Resigns Med School Post

Thursday, May 5

UH President: Medical School Budget Cuts “A Serious Blow”

April 2011

Tuesday, April 26

Abercrombie: Selection Process for University of Hawaii Regents Is Broken

Monday, April 25

Hawaii Senate Panel Rejects Two Abercrombie UH Regent Appointees

Thursday, April 21

Student Veterans At UH Snub Their Own Forum

Saturday, April 16

Senate Education Panel Delays Vote on UH Regents

Thursday, April 14

UH, Hawaii Will Lose If PBRC Is Closed

Wednesday, April 6

‘Makery’ Could Encourage Hawaii Entrepreneurship

Sunday, April 3

University of Hawaii Wants To Close Major Research Group

March 2011

Wednesday, March 30

PHOTOS: 54th Hawaii State Science And Engineering Fair

Tuesday, March 22

Cops Crash Magic Island Spring Break Party

Tuesday, March 1

Creating An Innovation Economy For Hawaii

February 2011

Saturday, February 26

Capitol Watch: Feb. 28

Thursday, February 24

Turning UH Research Into Local Industries

Thursday, February 17

Broken Maintenance Strategy at Ed Department

Capitol Watch: Feb. 17

Wednesday, February 16

University Still Paying President’s Rent After Renovating Mansion

Friday, February 11

UH Could Be Hit Hard By Special Funds Repeal

Wednesday, February 9

Former Head of UH Astronomy Dies in Crash

Thursday, February 3

University of Hawaii Impairing Its Faculties?

Tuesday, February 1

Scant Details Available About Hawaiian University

January 2011

Thursday, January 13

UH Seeks Extra $82M Over Next Two Years

UH Athletics Takes a Gamble to Pay Back Debt

Wednesday, January 12

Capitol Watch: Jan. 13

UH, State Promise Action to Protect Private Info

Friday, January 7

UH System Finances Better Than They Look

December 2010

Wednesday, December 22

Pell Grants Safe For Now, But Future Uncertain

Friday, December 17

Shoji A Hall of Famer

Wednesday, December 15

UH Prof Punished for Profanity

Friday, December 3

Capitol Watch: Dec. 7

Thursday, December 2

State OKs Maui Solar Telescope, Hawaiian Opponents Feel Burned

November 2010

Monday, November 1

Lessons From Nashville: HCC Turning Hawaii Into a Music Mecca

September 2010

Tuesday, September 28

Sample Salary Database

Friday, September 24

UH Enrollment At An All-Time High

Sunday, September 12

The Value of Hawaii: University of Hawaii by Neal Milner

Saturday, September 11

Hawaii Holds First Higher Education Summit

$36 Million Broadband Upgrade For UH, Public Schools And Libraries

August 2010

Monday, August 30

Coming This Week: University of Hawaii Salaries

Who Works at University of Hawaii

Lowest Paid at University of Hawaii

Highest Paid at University of Hawaii

Civil Beat Shares University of Hawaii Salaries

Friday, August 20

Discussion: University of Hawaii

July 2010

Friday, July 23

Discussion: UH Limits on Nonresident Students

UH Sees Dollars in Foreign and Mainland Students

Friday, July 16

Football Victories to Determine UH Debt Payments

Thursday, July 15

UH Manoa Athletic Department: What $10 Million?

Wednesday, July 14

UH Student Groups Balk at Proposed Athletic Fee