University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Education, Wist Hall, Annex 2, Room 222, 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822.
Reports - Evaluative
The relationship of the University of Hawaii and its governing board to the state government, specifically the legislature and its major executive departments, was assessed with attention to institutional autonomy and the protection of academic freedom. Major findings of the review include the following: a 1978 constitutional amendment appears to give autonomy to the University of Hawaii and its board of regents; while university autonomy and social accountability appear to be inherently contradictory, in practice both concepts must be made compatible; the lay governing board is the solution to the dilemma of university autonomy versus social accountability, since the boards provide a mechanism for social accountability while serving as buffers against improper outside interference; the 1950 constitutional convention created the University of Hawaii as a body corporate; the 1978 constitutional covention granted the regents exclusive jurisdiction over the internal organization and management of the university; there are still many statutory conflicts with the board of regents' constitutional authority; attempts to implement the amendment by lesgislation have been largely futile; and the university and its regents must take the initiative to secure the institution's constitutional independence from state government interference. (SW)