POSTED: 2:04 p.m. HST, Sep 1, 2010
A survey conducted to help the University of Hawaii at Hilo develop a new strategic plan identifies marine science, Hawaiian studies and pharmacy as the school's academic strengths.
Respondents said the school's small size and student-to-instructor ratio helped facilitate strong classroom interaction.
But respondents also felt academic rigor was a "key" shortcoming.
One College of Arts and Sciences faculty member suggested the problem lies with failing to push students and hold them to high standards.
But others said it's the school's responsibility to serve the local population and support students of all abilities.
The university surveyed students, faculty and staff to help it develop a 2010-2018 Strategic Plan. It received 502 responses.