via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – TIM students, chancellor clash over merger.

By Junghee Lee

News Co-Editor

Published: Monday, October 12, 2009

Updated: Monday, October 12, 2009

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Travel Industry Management students, faculty and lecturers met with UHM Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw last Thursday to voice their concerns about the proposed merger between the TIM school and Shidler College of Business.

Around 50 Travel Industry Management (TIM) students, faculty and lecturers gathered in the Sunset Reference Center last Thursday for an open discussion with Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw to voice their opinions on the proposed merger between the TIM school and Shidler College of Business.

“I wouldn’t have chosen to come to study in Hawai‘i if there was no TIM school,” said Wakako Nagata, a student in the TIM master’s program. “It’s surprising because in Japan there are more travel and management majors expanding, and Hawai‘i, they’re trying to eliminate it.”

According to Chancellor Hinshaw, the merger was proposed not because of the budget cuts but to better the TIM degree so that students are more marketable and have an easier time finding a job after graduation.

Hinshaw believes that TIM will benefit from being part of Shidler because there are over 100 faculty in the school and more business courses are available for the students.

However, some TIM students do not agree with this idea.

“Why would we fix something that is not broken?” said Uta Guenther, a senior TIM major. “We are doing well right now – why would you want to make TIM disappear?”

Hinshaw said, “TIM will not disappear, but it will be a school within the business school.”

If the TIM school becomes part of Shidler, TIM students face many changes. Firstly, the students will graduate with a Bachelor in Business Administration instead of a bachelor’s of science degree in Travel Industry Management. Secondly, the GPA requirement to apply for the program will go up from 2.0 to 2.5. Lastly, the cost of tuition would be higher as well; for the school year of 2009 to 2010, TIM students pay $7,167.40 for tuition and business students pay $8,167.40.

“TIM is well-known internationally – we don’t want to lose our recognition, and we don’t have a need to,” said TIM Dean Juanita Liu.