via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – Merger proposed for TIM and Shidler.

By Junghee Lee

News Co-Editor

Published: Monday, October 5, 2009

Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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ASUH Senator Kaulana Ah Tou, a student enrolled in the School of Travel Industry Management, voices his concerns about the proposed TIM and business school merger with Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw at an ASUH meeting last Tuesday in Campus Center 220.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business and the UHM School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) are being considered for a merger.

“Looking at what the best structure would be for students to get a better job and opportunity, Shidler College was doing pretty well and we want to make sure that the smaller schools could benefit, and this suggestion was made,” said UHM Chancellor Virgina Hinshaw.

Shidler College currently has over 100 faculty experienced in a variety of business fields such as marketing, accounting and managing. The TIM school has about 20 faculty experienced in the food service and hotel industries. According to Hinshaw, this merger was suggested to “strengthen the TIM school since Shidler College has a broader faculty range and business opportunity courses.”

However, senior TIM major Daniel Pak is upset about the proposed merger.

“Why would we want to change our Bachelor of Science degree to a business degree, which means we would have to take more business courses, which is not what we want to learn?” Pak said. “We want to learn about the hotel and travel industry since Hawai‘i is known for it.”

The TIM school’s mission statement, according to tim.hawaii.edu, is “to develop and disseminate travel and tourism concepts, knowledge and skills through excellence and leadership in research, training, outreach and service.”

Kristopher Co believes the school’s mission will be left unaccomplished if the two schools merge.

“We are not learning the business of tourism; we are learning the hospitality of tourism,” said Co, senior TIM major. “Why would we the TIM students go from a concentrated course to a more generalized course?”

The TIM school was part of the business school in 1960 and separated to become its own school in 1966, but Pak thinks that the merger will create a repetition of history.

“(The) TIM school was more successful so we were able to become our own school. Why would anyone try to make TIM school go back?” Pak said.

Chancellor Hinshaw thought differently.

“Times change,” Hinshaw said. “The College of Business is a different place than 50 years ago that is developing very quickly and very strongly with more opportunity and better jobs for students.”

About 30 TIM students attended the Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i (ASUH) meeting last Tuesday to share their opinions on the proposed merger. However, the students didn’t have the opportunity to voice their concerns because there were questions about the budget cuts that took up time at the meeting.

The Committee of Academic Affairs will meet one last time, and then Hinshaw will make the final decision whether to merge the two schools.