Shidler College and TIM School join forces effective September 1, 2019

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August 29, 2019

The Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH) and the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM School) are joining forces effective September 1, 2019. The unification will strengthen and expand relationships with the tourism industry, community, alumni, and students as it did under Dean Chuck Gee’s visionary leadership. Faculty and students can also look forward to new opportunities and resources as well as increased financial support.

“We believe offering the best of the Shidler College and the TIM School will prepare students for successful careers after graduation. Also, this will provide our state with a qualified workforce that will help ensure the current and future success of Hawaiʻi’s tourism industry,” said V. Vance Roley, dean of Shidler College and interim dean of the TIM School.

We invite you to learn more about what this unification means to all of our stakeholders in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect as a result of the recombination of the TIM School and the Shidler College of Business?

The goal of the reorganization is to strengthen the TIM School as one of the very best programs in its field and build on the robust legacy of the TIM School. The Shidler College will benefit by offering one of leading travel industry programs, thereby supporting Hawaii’s largest industry. The TIM School and Shidler College are committed to providing more opportunities and resources necessary for their students’ success.

When will the recombination take place?

The plan is for the recombination to be effective on September 1, 2019.

Who will lead the TIM school?

The UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business Dean Vance Roley has served as interim dean for the TIM School since July 1, 2019, and will continue in this role until a permanent TIM Director/Associate Dean for Hospitality, Tourism, and Transportation in Shidler College of Business is appointed. This position will report to Dean Roley.

What kind of support will the TIM School receive?

For the first two years, Jay Shidler will offer summer research support for all tenured and tenure-track TIM faculty and matching funds for six new faculty endowments in the TIM School. We have also received two gifts from Asia-based alumni— a $250,000 faculty fellowship and a $500,000 distinguished professorship. The latter will be used to support the TIM Director/Associate Dean for Hospitality, Tourism, and Transportation position in the Shidler College of Business. The goal is to elevate the visibility of the TIM faculty’s research and stature of the school.

FAQ for Students

What will happen to the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM), its students, staff, faculty, programs, and facilities?

It will primarily be ‘business as usual’ for the TIM school for the immediate future. Students will attend classes at the TIM school, be advised by TIM staff and be taught by TIM faculty. The curriculum and courses will remain the same and as always, will be reviewed and updated as necessary by the TIM faculty to ensure students are receiving an excellent education that will lead to their success.

What will happen to TIM’s scholarships, endowments, and support?

Funds are always allocated based on the donor’s gift agreement. A comprehensive fundraising strategy is being planned to increase support for TIM students, faculty, and the school.

Will TIM students be able to take business courses, and what degree will they receive?

Both institutions have different admissions requirements and prerequisites. Therefore, if you are a TIM student, you will follow the school’s academic requirements and policies. The TIM School awards both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree. Shidler undergraduate students receive a BBA.

Will tuition change for TIM students?

Tuition and fees will not be affected by the recombination. TIM students are classified under the general student tuition category. All tuition is set by the University of Hawai‘i with approval from the UH Board of Regents and is subject to change.

How will the recombination affect student organizations?

Changes will be determined by the students and the clubs, with the exception of Business Night. TIM students will receive awards at Business Night. All organizations must be a Registered Independent Organization (RIO) with the UH Mānoa to be eligible for support.

Will TIM freshmen be considered for the Direct Admit Program (DAP)?

No. Freshmen are already admitted into TIM. The typical entry point at Shidler is the junior year. The Direct Admit Program admits 80 freshmen each year into Shidler before the typical junior entry point.

Will the TIM School lose any of its signature events like Legacy in Tourism, Nā Kukui Netlinks, Student-Industry Networking, TIM Commencement, and Welcome Orientations?

No, in fact, the plan is to make the events even better.

Will the recombination affect the TIM School accreditation with the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)?

No. In fact, it may strengthen the school’s accreditation. In today’s tourism industry there is a greater need for students to have a strong business foundation.