Student surge hits UH campuses - Hawaii News

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Enrollment at the 10 University of Hawaii campuses has reached an all-time high of 58,157 students, straining the ability of some campuses to accommodate the growth amid budget cuts.
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Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#1 Sep 9, 2009
Some students have been locked out of student housing too. Like my niece who was assured housing then some people in the office would not even return calls.

I can only imagine how less fortunate students have to scramble for housing while worrying about how they will be able to afford books and tuition.
ComeOn

Kahului, HI

#2 Sep 9, 2009
UH administrators are some of the most highly paid in the field and least ingenuous. They lied about their own salary cuts (which is actually a reversal of their pay increases in Jan.), talk of growth but does not know and care where the funds for such will come, etc. Okay, okay, Linda, based on the previous projection, what should the UHH student numbers be by now? Fastest growth is West Oahu, how about West Hawaii and are you suggesting building another campus there where you have over $100m in cuts! Why not build a campus in Kohoolawae under the context "build it and they will come"!
Uggg

Honolulu, HI

#3 Sep 9, 2009
They're cutting programs big time so there are kids floating around there while their field of study is in limbo. The only reason for boost in enrollment is parents can't afford to send their kids anywhere else.
Uggg

Honolulu, HI

#4 Sep 9, 2009
-Lana- wrote:
Some students have been locked out of student housing too. Like my niece who was assured housing then some people in the office would not even return calls.
I can only imagine how less fortunate students have to scramble for housing while worrying about how they will be able to afford books and tuition.
The housing process is strict because of the demand, so if your niece missed a lottery or a deadline by so much as one day, she is SOL. If she was really "assured" housing then she'd have paperwork to prove it. Students need to be responsible for their actions, it's college and not kindergarten.
RSK

Honolulu, HI

#5 Sep 9, 2009
If there's more students, where's all that extra tuition money going? Isn't that part of what covers the budget?
alice

Los Altos, CA

#6 Sep 9, 2009
-Lana- wrote:
Some students have been locked out of student housing too. Like my niece who was assured housing then some people in the office would not even return calls.
I can only imagine how less fortunate students have to scramble for housing while worrying about how they will be able to afford books and tuition.
very true..UH is famous for incompetence in student services.
OMGWTF

United States

#7 Sep 9, 2009
RSK wrote:
If there's more students, where's all that extra tuition money going? Isn't that part of what covers the budget?
try six-figure salaries for do-nothing administators.
fo real

Honolulu, HI

#8 Sep 9, 2009
-Lana- wrote:
Some students have been locked out of student housing too. Like my niece who was assured housing then some people in the office would not even return calls.
I can only imagine how less fortunate students have to scramble for housing while worrying about how they will be able to afford books and tuition.
Maybe they found out that she was one of that ratbags that cut & burned a star out of the US flag? I wouldn't let her ungrateful self in, either - Jus' sayin'...
For the Record

Kailua, HI

#9 Sep 9, 2009
There appears to be many interesting angles to this story. Lots of interesting questions and observations.
For the Record

Kailua, HI

#10 Sep 9, 2009
Wow! When I posted, there 9 posts, now SB shows THREE! What's up with the prejudice?
ProfPlum

Honolulu, HI

#11 Sep 9, 2009
For the Record wrote:
Wow! When I posted, there 9 posts, now SB shows THREE! What's up with the prejudice?
I see 10.
PUt on your glasses :)
Realist

Waianae, HI

#12 Sep 9, 2009
Looks like Maui is doing ok.
quebert

Bowling Green, KY

#13 Sep 10, 2009
As long as money is available for students to go to college, with the current economic problems and massive unemployment among the younger set, colleges and tech schools will continue to reap the windfalls. However, UHM's particular problems stem from corruption, incompetence, and plain old politics. How many teachers have been cut and yet student enrollments are at all time highs? What's happening now is UHM has sold "short" on its available seats, students, even if they find housing and other necessities, are not going to be able to graduate in four years, as the classes they're required to have will not be available. It's simply the math of having no teachers, yet more students are requiring the same resources. In the next two years, unless UHM's administration actually responds to the problems,(good luck)you will also see the highest non graduation rate in UHM history,with the accompanying debts and penalties for students. It the economic situation doesn't turn around, you're looking at young people with no degree and large government loan debts, with no jobs.

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