STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1181-08

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2008

 

RE: H.R. No. 131

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred H.R. No. 131 entitled:

 

"HOUSE RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII BOARD OF REGENTS TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY AND BENEFITS OF ALLOWING THE CAMPUS CEILING FOR NONRESIDENT ENROLLMENTS TO BE SET ON A CAMPUS-BY-CAMPUS BASIS, OR ALTERNATIVELY, OF LIFTING THE CEILINGS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this resolution is to request the University of Hawaii Board of Regents to study the feasibility and benefits of allowing the campus ceiling for nonresident enrollments to be set on a campus-by-campus basis, or alternatively, of lifting the ceilings.

 

The University of Hawaii System supported the intent of this measure. The University of Hawaii at Hilo submitted comments.

 

Based on testimony and subsequent discussion, your Committee notes that good public policy in this matter must take into account a number of factors, and has amended this measure to include the following:

 

        Campus mission;

        Access of Hawaii residents

        Cost to the State of educating non-residents;

        Expenditures for recruiting and retaining non-resident students;

        Financial aid sources available for non-residents;

        Availability of housing and related costs to the State;

        Retention and graduation rates of non-resident students; and

        Balancing the value of having non resident students in our UH system with the need to ensure access and opportunity to higher education for students who reside in remote parts of the State or who are considered at risk.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 131, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.R. No. 131, H.D. 1.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,

 

 

 

 

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JERRY L. CHANG, Chair