ERIC Number: ED334712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Status Report on Administrative Flexibility Granted to the University of Hawaii and the Department of Education. Report to the Governor and the Legislature of the State of Hawaii, No. 91-8. Submitted by the Auditor, State of Hawaii.
Hawaii State Office of the Auditor, Honolulu.
In 1986, Act 321 granted the University of Hawaii and the Department of Education the flexibility to manage their fiscal operations. The State Legislature asked the auditor to evaluate this legislation's impact and the progress made on educational assessment at these two agencies. Under the flexibility legislation, the university has provided fiscal services in a more timely manner, monitored its progress, and measured improvements. Legislative effects on the Department of Education could not be ascertained, since that department has done little monitoring. Both departments continue to pay interest fees to vendors only when billed for them--an unfair practice inconsistent with other agencies' practices. Progress in assessing educational program success is slow, as systemwide coordination at the university has received little attention and the education department's educational assessment and accountability system elements will not be known until late 1994. Auditors recommend that the Department of Education develop the means to monitor its fiscal activities. Both agencies should conform with state law in paying interest penalties and should continue to work on educational assessment. The Legislature should require a 1994 report from the Department of Education. Both agencies should formulate a plan for evaluating interrelationships between the two programs. (MHL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Office of the Auditor, Honolulu.
Identifiers: Hawaii; University of Hawaii