S.C.R. NO.














requesting the university of hawaii to conduct a study on the feasibility of removing enrollment caps at campuses within the university o f hawaii system.



     WHEREAS, regarding enrollment management in the University of Hawaii system and limitations on the numbers of nonresident students, a campus-by-campus approach may be the best policy; and


     WHEREAS, campus ceilings for nonresident enrollments currently are thirty per cent at the baccalaureate campuses and fifteen per cent at the community colleges; and


     WHEREAS, these ceilings on nonresident enrollments may not acknowledge the diversity and flexibility of individual campuses within the University of Hawaii system; and


     WHEREAS, many small states nationwide that are dependent on tourism, such as small states in the New England area, routinely attract student bodies that are more than fifty per cent nonresident students; and


     WHEREAS, nonresident students account for sixty-five per cent of the student body at the University of Vermont and more than half of the entering class at the University of New Hampshire; and


     WHEREAS, through such "educational tourism", nonresident students contribute revenues through tuition, fees, and room and board charges that are spent within the State; and


     WHEREAS, nonresident tuition has risen considerably since 2005; and


     WHEREAS, revenues from nonresident students make possible a wider range of programs to resident students and reduces the net cost of operations to the State; and


     WHEREAS, the University of Hawaii is a public university system that strives to serve students from Hawaii as its first and highest priority; and


     WHEREAS, we live in an increasingly global society and marketplace where interaction among students from Hawaii and mainland and international students has significantly positive educational impacts on all groups; and


     WHEREAS, Hawaii must emerge as a leader in workforce development, including fostering the educational and social development of students through interaction within a diverse academic environment; and


     WHEREAS, many nonresident students volunteer to participate in community service projects and, after graduation, enter the State's professional workforce; and


     WHEREAS, from an enrollment management perspective, it is very desirable to expand institutional recruiting and enrollment options to allow more flexibility and choice during economic downturns and demographic fluctuations; and


     WHEREAS, each campus in the University of Hawaii system has enrollment growth in its planning strategy; and


     WHEREAS, lifting enrollment caps within the University of Hawaii system would:


     (1)  Allow opportunities for institutional growth to improve efficiencies and economies-of-scale as a management strategy;


     (2)  Allow options to compensation for demographic dips by admitting more nonresident students to compensate for shortfalls in resident student enrollment;


     (3)  Allow institutions to maintain financial stability during periods of enrollment fluctuation;


     (4)  Allow for a more enriched learning environment in which students from Hawaii have the opportunity to educationally and socially learn from international and mainland students, preparing both groups to be leaders in an increasingly global society;


     (5)  Enhance the income stream for the institutions, enabling them to use the higher tuition rate paid by nonresidents to generate income for other priorities, including the education of Hawaii's residents; and


     (6)  Allow for growth in the numbers of international students, including Pacific Island students, which is a high priority enrollment management goal for the University of Hawaii at Manoa and other university institutions, and which contributes significantly to the educational and personal development of all students as they are being educated to play leadership roles in their communities and professions in a competitive global society; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-fourth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2008, the House of Representatives concurring, that the University of Hawaii system is requested to conduct a study on the feasibility and potential benefits of allowing individual campuses to set appropriate levels of nonresident students or, alternatively, to investigate lifting the caps altogether; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Hawaii system shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2009; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, the President of the University of Hawaii, the Chancellors of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the University of Hawaii West Oahu, Hawaii Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauai Community College, Maui Community College, and Windward

Community College, and the Interim Chancellor of Leeward

Community College.









Report Title: 

UH; Enrollment Caps; Study