UHCC Planning for Fiscal Year 2022 and Beyond

UHCC Organizational and Resource Planning

UHCC Plans Update
May 14, 2021

Aloha Community College Faculty, Staff, and Administrators,

As we wrap up the 2020-2021 academic year, I wanted to reach out to you and provide an update of our budget and resource planning. First, many of us have worked so hard over the last year in continuing to support our students and colleagues. In spite of the challenging and changing public health situation, you persisted in supporting improved student experiences and outcomes by facilitating learning, serving students, and ensuring smooth campus operations to enable more than 23,000 students to progress toward their educational and career goals. Thank you for your commitment to students and your campus community.

Throughout this past academic year, we engaged in campus and system level discussions and planning. Thank you for the countless hours of hard work and critical thinking that went into the conversations and report writing (uhcc.hawaii.edu/ovpcc/uhcc-planning). Many of the work groups proposed measures that were innovative, collaborative, and cost saving. These lead us in the right direction of providing the education and training that Hawai’i and our students need for recovery and resilience in the years to come and as directed by the Board of Regents. We appreciate the number of faculty who are engaging in summer professional development and planning to improve instruction, align curriculum, and coordinate scheduling. We will continue to move forward on centralization of certain functions to better serve our students and community. We will continue working through the summer with our governance groups, strategic planning councils, and planning work groups.

We had hoped to have a fourth and final UHCC Organizational and Resource Planning document out by the end of Spring 2021. However, as you may have seen news coverages and communications from union leaders, the Legislature took action to cut the overall UH budget. We are uncertain of the impact that this may have on the UHCCs. Later this summer, we anticipate a better understanding of the CCs’ fiscal situation for the upcoming year based on the actions of the Governor, UH President, and Board of Regents.

In the meantime, I am reviewing recommendations provided by faculty, staff, and administrators through our 2020-2021 planning processes. Subsequently, I will share a fourth UHCC Organizational and Resource Planning memo once we have a better understanding of the CC budget situation.

The good news is the vaccinations are readily available and we can hope for a more normal 2021-2022 academic year, especially by Spring 2022. Once again, I thank you for your ongoing service and support to ensure our students are receiving the best educational experience possible. Enjoy your summer and if you have not done so yet, I encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Erika Lacro
Vice President for Community Colleges

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