REPORT FROM THE STATE SENATE — The Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Higher Education will be holding two joint informational briefings to discuss employee salaries and student tuition at the University of Hawaii (UH) system. UH’s Board of Regents (BOR) has been requested to present at both briefings.
“There are growing demands for state resources. A better understanding of how the university uses its money will help determine how state funds are allocated,” said Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige.
“We’re hoping to gain insight on the University’s processes and possibly look for ways of doing things better,” said Higher Education Chair Brian Taniguchi.
The first informational briefing will be held on Friday, February 1 at 9 a.m. in the State Capitol’s room 211. The BOR has been asked to present information on salaries and compensation inclusive of the following:
1. Policies and processes used to determine salaries;
2. Salaries of highly compensated positions;
3. Types of compensation and benefits awarded other than salary; and
4. Employee contract buyouts
The second informational briefing will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 9 a.m., also in room 211. The BOR has been asked to present information on tuition inclusive of the following:
1. Policies and processes used to set tuition;
2. Tuition schedules from 2006 to 2017;
3. Amounts of revenue the tuition increases from 2006 to 2017 have and will provide the university;
4. Policies and processes used to determine how to allocate and spend existing and incremental increases in tuition revenue; and
5. The use of tuition revenue increases received for the past 6 years and the projected use of expected increases under the current tuition escalation schedule