ERIC Number: ED369166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Administrative Flexibility Granted to the University of Hawaii and the Department of Education. Final Report to the Governor and the Legislative of the State of Hawaii.
Hawaii State Office of the Auditor, Honolulu.
Since 1986, the Hawaii Legislature has granted the University of Hawaii (UH) and the State Department of Education (DOE) greater administrative financial flexibility than is allowed other state agencies. In 1989, the state auditor was requested to evaluate the legislation's effects and educational assessment progress at the two educational agencies. This final report shows that neither the UH nor the DOE can demonstrate that increased administrative flexibility has resulted in improved educational services. Whereas the UH can demonstrate timely performance of fiscal operations affected by the administrative flexibility legislation, the DOE still lacks any performance data for evaluating its fiscal operations. Faced with difficulties in implementing its new automated financial management system, the DOE has not emphasized performance monitoring. Both educational agencies are continuing to pay late interest penalties only when vendors bill them for the penalty. Also, neither agency can routinely monitor the time taken to pay vendors. Regarding educational program assessment, the UH has pursued a diffused approach stressing operational unit needs over systemwide accountability needs. The DOE's educational assessment and accountability system is fragmented. Recommendations to improve both agencies' accountability efforts are provided. Letters of comment and an executive summary are appended. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Office of the Auditor, Honolulu.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii