Growing UH West Oahu may cap enrollment next yearUPDATED 8:00 PM HST Sep 12, 2013Video Transcript
The University of Hawaii West Oahu could be capping its student enrollment next year. West Oahu saw a 20 percent jump in students since moving to its new campus in Kapolei. As KITV 4's Cam Tran reports, that positive could have a negative side effect. One glance in the classroom, the hallways and the library and you can see the University of Hawaii West Oahu population is growing. SKYE BURROWS, EWA BEACH FRESHMAN IN: 35:13 YOU CAN TELL IN OUR PARKING STRUCTURE, THE STUDENT POPULATION HAS DEFINITELY INCREASED The school saw its enrollment jump nearly 20 percent this year. A large part of the growth is due to the new campus in Kapolei. The UH West Oahu's Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs says the students aren't outgrowing the facilities but the faculty. The campus has 50 full time staffers and 70 part-time lecturers to handle 2400 students. DR. LUI HOKOANA, VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS IN:7:07 IT WOULD BE GREAT TO GET AN ADDITIONAL 30 FACULTY OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS SO TAKE CARE OF THE GROWTH WE ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING AND TO ALSO BUILD NEW DEGREE PROGRAMS 7:20 Hokoana wants to add five more degrees including nursing, creative media and physical therapy. But that all comes at a cost. HOKOANA IN:5:17 WE'LL BE ASKING FOR MORE MONEY AT THE LEGISLATURE TO HELP SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS ITS VERY IMPORTANT WE GET MORE OPERATIONAL MONEY BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT THESE STUDENTS AT UH WEST OAHU IN KAPOLEI ARE PROVIDED WITH FIRST RATE QUALITY EDUCATION EXPERIENCE The vice chancellor says an additional 3-5 million will help with the enrollment boost. And if funds don't come..... HOKOANA IN:12:45 THE RESULT OF NOT RECEIVING MORE MONEY MAY RESULT IN A CAP OF OUR ENROLLMENT BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO BRING THESE STUDENTS TO THE CAMPUS IF WE CAN NOT PROVIDE THEM WITH A QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION 12:56 REPORTER: 12:57 YOU GUYS ARE REALLY AT THAT POINT NOW? WE ARE AT THAT POINT RIGHT NOW. CAM TRAN STANDUP IN:51:04 THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS SAYS IF THE STATE FUNDING DOESN'T COME THROUGH HE DOESN'T WANT TO CONSIDER A TUITION HIKE SINCE MANY STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY PLANNED OUT THEIR COSTS FOR THE NEXT 4-5 YEARS. REPORTING FROM THE WEST OAHU CAMPUS, CT KITV4 NEWS. West Oahu used to be known as a transfer school but has seen a big boost in its freshman students. Dr. Hokoana says the school needs money to support its students through their first year and transition from high school.