Huskies boast their subsidies are smaller than Rob Mullens’s

But Mullens claims the Ducks get no subsidies. At least they’re arguing over the right thing. Someday the PAC-12 ADs may even start doing something to help out their universities with that new TV revenue.

Just kidding, we know they’ll spend it all on raises for themselves. Adam Jude has the story in the Seattle Times, here.

Speaking of subsidies, rumor has it that I finally raised enough stink about Rob Mullens hijacking the $5M Robin Jaqua gift. He’s returned it to the academic side, which means we save $200,000 a year on the $2.2M cost of subsidizing the Jock Box athlete-only tutoring. Baby steps, but I hope this is true. We’ll know more when the UO Senate revisits the anti-subsidy motions this fall.

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President commissions investigation of athletic recruiting scandal

It’s the usual big-time college sports scandal: athletic department recruits transfer player with history of sexual assault without doing due diligence, player assaults another student, university keeps it secret, victim hires Attorney John Clune to sue the university.

A few twists: at Baylor University the second assault ended in a trial and conviction, and Baylor’s President Ken Starr (yes, of Monica Lewinsky investigation fame) has asked Baylor’s Faculty Athletics Representative to lead the investigation of what went wrong.

Now why didn’t President Gottfredson ask UO FAR Jim O’Fallon to lead the investigation of the gang rape allegations against Dana Altman’s basketball players? Maybe because it would have been hard to find anyone with less credibility than an administratively appointed Faculty Athletics Representative to do an independent investigation of anything having to do with athletics. (Although Baylor FAR Jeremy Counseller seems more credible than most.)

Actually, I should give President Starr credit. At least he’s commissioning an investigation. President Gottfredson explicitly told his “Independent Review Panel” that they were not to investigate how Dana Altman recruited Brandon Austin. And so UO still knows almost nothing about Altman’s decision to pursue Austin and how it was that UO admitted him. What was Lorraine Davis’s role? Did Roger Thompson’s Special Committee on Special Athletic Admits raise any questions?

Here’s the latest, from ESPN:

The woman who accused former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu of raping her in 2013 has hired a law firm experienced in Title IX litigation to represent her in potential civil litigation.

On Friday, the woman, a former Baylor soccer player, hired John Clune and Chris Ford of Hutchinson Black and Cook of Denver. The firm also represents Erica Kinsman, the woman who accused former Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston of sexually assaulting her in 2012.

Ukwuachu, who transferred from Boise State to Baylor in 2013, was convicted of sexual assault on Aug. 21 by a jury at Texas District 54 Court in Waco. Judge Matt Johnson sentenced him to 180 days in county jail, 10 years of felony probation and 400 hours of community service.

“At the request of the victim and her parents, our firm has been retained to investigate a number of issues surrounding this case,” Clune said in a statement. “We are glad to see that President [Ken] Starr and Baylor have chosen to conduct their own investigation and look forward to learning the outcome of that process. Regardless of what facts these investigations may bare, there is a significant teachable moment here for all in higher education and we are hopeful that Baylor University embraces that great opportunity.”

After Ukuachu’s conviction, Starr, Baylor’s president, called for a “comprehensive internal inquiry into the circumstances associated with the case and the conduct of the offices involved.” The review will be led by Baylor law professor Jeremy Counseller, who is a faculty athletic representative to the Big 12 and NCAA and a former assistant criminal district attorney. …

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UO studies fixes after Daily Emerald reports PLC unsafe in earthquake

8/28/2015: In the Emerald, here:

A recent study by the University’s Oregon Natural Hazards Workgroup found several campus buildings will experience moderate to great damage in a massive earthquake. These buildings include Straub Hall, Prince Lucien Campbell Hall and McArthur Court.

And the UO administration has swiftly reacted with “action items” on how to remedy the seismic deficiencies. Oh wait, this is all from 2005. Never mind.

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8/27/2015: When the fruit-loops run out, students will loot faculty food stashes

Camilla Mortensen posts the interview with UO’s earthquake preparedness team in the Eugene Weekly, here:

She says the campus is encouraging faculty and staff to have a disaster plan for their homes — a one- to two-week emergency kit, rather than the traditional three-day kit. She says the UO has purchased a water filtration system to get a higher volume of water to campus after a quake. The UO also encourages students to have their own kits. “We will have dry cereal,” she says.

Not my problem, I’ll be crushed under the rubble of PLC. Speaking of which, has anyone seen the PLC seismic inspection? UO did one 15 years ago, but apparently no one can find it.

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President Schill reveals chronic bibliophilism, begs faculty for help

8/27/2015: I was told there were about 20 people in line at one point this morning and it’s not just drop off the book and run – expect our new president to ask you some questions, and answer some. The faculty are loving this. Who would have guessed that professors like to talk about their latest book? Next visiting hours:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 4-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 8, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

8/14/2015: Step one is admitting you’ve got a problem. Jennifer Winters posts the shocking scoop on “Around the 0”, here. I’ve filed a public records request for info on whether it’s OK if you only wrote coauthored a chapter.

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Tim Clevenger to get the boot for 160over90 branding mess?

8/26/2015: The rumor from a generally well-informed source down at the faculty club is that I’m not the first person who’s heard of Google Trends, and that Clevenger’s branding campaign is failing on other metrics as well. Meanwhile hits to the Crap-Free UO Homepage (TM) are way up.

8/19/2015: Tim Clevenger’s $5M 160over90 branding campaign fails Google buzz test

A few years ago the UO Economics department invited Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian out to give a talk to our undergrads. Among the topics was Google Trends, which lets you compare how often people search for different search phrases across time. Very interesting, the slides are here.

Try it here. Here’s what you get if you compare the frequency of searches for “university of oregon application” with searches for a few of our competitors in the market for undergrad students. Blue for Colorado, red for Arizona, yellow for Oregon State, Green for UO, and purple for last year’s BCS champions Ohio State:

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If there’s any impact from the rollout of UO’s $5M “What the If?” branding campaign, which started in March 2015, it would take a pretty creative econometrician to make the t-stat significant.

Oh well, there goes that $5M. Here’s hoping our donors will cut off UO’s $207K-a-year AVP for branding Tim Clevenger and $5M 160over90, and redirect those generous gifts towards, say, teaching and research.

Also no apparent effect from football. The Ducks win, the Beavers lose, it really doesn’t matter.

For more on UO’s branding and how hard UO tried to hide the public records showing how much we spent on it, check out Diane Dietz’s stories in the RG, links here.

And in response to comments here’s the last year of weekly data – noisier, and some spikes that may well be from football, but I still don’t see the branding buzz:

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UO Institutional Research to post quarterly salary reports after union bargaining is done

These would have been pretty useful during the faculty union bargaining and I imagine they would still be to SEIU. They haven’t been updated since the end of 2014, and it looks like they won’t be until the end of September, at which point they’ll be 9 months behind. The September report will show the latest data on bloat among UO senior administrators, so stay tuned.

On WednesdayAug 26, 2015, at 9:46 AM, J P Monroe <jpmonroe@uoregon.edu> wrote:

Hi Bill. Additional reporting obligations meant that these reports couldn’t be updated as quickly as we would like. We are hoping to have the set complete by the end of September.

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 1:33 AM
To: J P Monroe <jpmonroe@uoregon.edu>
Cc: Andrea Larson <adlarson@uoregon.edu>
Subject: Re: quarterly salary reports

Any news on these?

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UBC Board’s John Montalbano defends self against blogger Berdahl

8/26/2015:

He comes off very well. I particularly liked the part where he explains that the UBC faculty *elects* several board members. Don’t tell that to UO Law Professor Susan Gary, who was first appointed on recommendation of UO Law Professor Margie Paris without faculty consultation, and then kept her position on the board last year without an election, despite UO Senate legislation to hold one for nominees.

8/20/2015: Polémique à UBC : 2 associations demandent la tête du président du CA

Yeah, my Québécois est un peau petite aussi, but I think I get the drift of the latest Canadian news report on the Berdahl/Montalbano controversy, here. “Bring us the head of John Montalbano.” For a criticism of Prof. Berdahl’s actions and those of the UBC faculty association, read her colleague Prof James Tansey in the Globe and Mail.

8/18/2015: UBC Prof Jennifer Berdahl is attacked using Bob Berdahl’s words

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Law School Dean Michael Moffitt up for mandatory 5-year review

It’s not going to go well. Moffitt was a compromise internal hire, after an external search went bad. His academic record was mediocre, and he has not been a success as dean. This 2013 NY Times story, in which he bragged about lucrative revenue from undergraduate courses and “living in a business school case study” turned sour within days, after this blog raised questions about what courses Moffitt was talking about. It turned out that most of the revenue was coming from iffy “Sports Conflict” courses, which the law school faculty had never heard about, much less reviewed. Whoops. The UO Senate’s Committee on Courses quickly shut Moffitt’s case study down.

While all US law schools have had a bad 5 year stretch UO has faired worse than most. Already running in the red, it was saved in 2014 only by an extraordinary $10M bailout package by none other than Dean Moffitt’s wife, UO VP for Finance and Administration Jamie Moffitt.

At least the Moffitt’s money is not going to inane branding campaigns. Instead, the law school is offering full scholarships to students with decent LSATs, in a so far successful effort to game the US News rankings. But this $10M will only last for another year or two, at which point Dean Moffitt is supposed to have prepared a plan to pay the money back to VPFA Moffitt. Sure he will:

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As might be expected, the law school faculty are skeptical of Moffitt’s leadership, while presumably grateful for his wife’s money. Last year they came within a vote or two of approving a “no confidence” motion. And it’s never good to have the million dollar Rob Illig on the other side. Adding to Moffitt’s troubles is this preliminary result from UO Psychology Professor Jennifer Freyd’s sexual assault prevention survey:

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Fortunately UO’s new president knows a thing or two about the job market for good law school deans.

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Under Armour Seeks to Do for Maryland What Nike Did for Oregon

Marc Tracy’s NY Times puff piece carefully avoids the interesting questions:

Maryland is trying to emulate the University of Oregon, riding the largess of a multibillion-dollar apparel company to athletic prominence. Athletic departments throughout the country watched with envy in recent years as Phil Knight, a founder of Nike and an Oregon alumnus, donated hundreds of millions of dollars to help propel the Ducks from relative obscurity to the upper echelon of college sports. “We are the University of Nike,” Oregon declared unapologetically. Now, 2,400 miles east, Maryland is positioning itself as the University of Under Armour, thanks to the founder and chief executive of Nike’s ascendant rival.

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Professor Freyd shows new UO assault data, VP Holmes now all nicey-nice

Before we get to the reconciliation, let’s have some truth:

UO’s VP for Student Affairs Robin Holmes was in the loop from the beginning on the March 2014 basketball rape allegations, and she was a strong defender of Mike Gottfredson’s efforts to hide the situation from the campus and give coach Dana Altman a chance to transfer the players off to some other unsuspecting school.

The story explaining how strategic communicators Rita Radostitz, Jennifer Winters and Tobin Klinger ghost-wrote Robin Holmes’ op-ed to the RG defending the secrecy is here. VP for Enrollment Roger Thompson was also on board. (Full disclosure: these documents came from the unredacted UO Presidential Archives.)

A few days before that, The RG had a report on Jennifer Freyd’s proposed sexual assault survey. The UO administration was not in favor of this. Not at all:

UO Vice President for Student Affairs Robin Holmes said in an email that she worried that the survey could produce “confirmation bias in the results,” alleging that some of Freyd’s questions seek to prove what Freyd thinks about the university’s sexual violence policies, which would skew the data.

and

Holmes wrote in an email to Freyd last week that she was concerned that the survey could be overwhelming to victims, who may become upset when answering detailed questions about their experience with sexual violence. She also worried that Freyd was focusing too much on the behavior of male, rather than female, perpetrators.

After the UO board paid Gottfredson $940K to leave town, things got a little better under Interim President Scott Coltrane. While Coltrane signed on to pay the AAU $85K for President Hunter Rawlings III’s politically motivated, intentionally crippled, and euphemistically labeled “campus climate survey”,  after a lot of work Freyd was also able to get UO funding for her survey from Coltrane.

We’re still waiting for the AAU to post any results – even just the censored ones they’ve promised. Meanwhile, the results of Professor Freyd’s first wave came out in October 2014. They were a complete shock – to those who had their head in the sand. And Freyd has now released results from her second survey.

Diane Dietz’s RG report is here:

Female graduate students at the University of Oregon are significantly less likely than female undergraduates to be raped while in school, according to the latest “campus climate” survey.

While 13 percent of UO female undergraduate students surveyed reported they were raped, just 4 percent of female graduate students reported being raped.

That was among the more encouraging news in the survey results presented by UO psychology professor Jennifer Freyd on Monday at the 20th International Summit & Training on Violence, Abuse & Trauma in San Diego.

The survey also found that 38 percent of female graduate students reported that a faculty member harassed them with behaviors such as telling sexual jokes, making offensive remarks about a student’s appearance or being condescending to a female student because of her sex.

Rich Read in the Oregonian:

One in five University of Oregon undergraduate women say they’ve been raped, sexually assaulted or evaded some form of sexual intrusion since starting school in Eugene.

survey released Monday by the university found that 27 percent of female UO students say they’ve endured at least one non-consensual sexual incident. Twenty percent say they’ve been victims of completed or attempted rape or other type of sexual victimization.

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“These numbers are tragic,” said UO psychology professor Jennifer Freyd, the study’s lead researcher. “There is a huge cost in feeling unsafe. Women are bearing this cost all the time. It reduces the resources that they have for other activities.”

Meanwhile, from reading VP Robin Holmes’s enthusiastic comments in Around the 0 today, you’d almost think Freyd’s survey was her idea:

“This kind of survey information is critically important to our understanding of students’ experiences and their understanding of the services we have available to help them,” Holmes said. “We will continue to use climate surveys to assess our progress and make improvements, as part of our ongoing initiatives.”

Of course she’d say that. She’s got a new boss, and his agenda apparently does not involve hiding the extent of the campus sexual violence problem and covering up UO’s past desultory efforts to deal with it:

“I am grateful that Jennifer Freyd has done research to provide us with important insight into this pressing matter,” said UO President Michael H. Schill. “While the results do not surprise me and are not inconsistent with data from other universities, that does not mean that they are acceptable. To the contrary, any amount of sexual violence on campus is too much. I look forward to analyzing the data and working with our faculty, administrators and students to combat the problem.”

There are many takeaways from this story, but one of the more obvious is that you should never believe what Robin Holmes tells you. She let UO’s PR flacks publish an RG Op-Ed under her name, and she changes her story to suit whatever her boss wants her to say.

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Archivist James Fox gets settlement $, while paranoid Public Record’s Office redacts UO’s own press releases

In January Interim President Scott Coltrane claimed that my request to the UO Archives reference desk for copies of the UO Presidential Archives led to the “unlawful release” of thousands of pages of documents – most notably a memo from then UO General Counsel Randy Geller to then Interim UO President Bob Berdahl proposing that Berdahl dissolve the troublesome UO Senate and replace it with more complacent faculty.

Coltrane or his lawyers persuaded new UO Library Dean Adriene Lim to break the American Library Association’s ethics code on the confidentiality of circulation records and out me as the source of this memo. VP for Academic Afffairs Doug Blandy then threatened me with discipline if I didn’t return the records.

I did, and so, in need of a new scapegoat, Coltrane fired longtime UO Archivist James Fox – a guy I’d never even heard of, much less conspired with. As with so many other Coltrane decisions, that turned out to be a big mistake.

While I didn’t know who James Fox was, plenty of other people did. Coltrane’s Fox firing was protested by an editorial in the Register Guard, an RG Op-Ed from none other than Ursula LeGuin, an open letter from ~130 UO faculty, and a letter from the Oregon branch of the AAUP. The “incident” was the subject of many stories in the RG, Oregonian, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and more.

The university has not yet released the terms of the settlement agreement – I’ve made a PR request – but presumably it paid some financial compensation to Mr. Fox. I hope it was a lot.

UO has now posted redacted copies of the Presidential Archives that I returned to them, on its Public Records website. They’re available on request from UO Public Records Officer Lisa Thornton here.

I’ve only glanced through these, but I think the redactions made by the public records office can best be described as “erratic” and possibly as “unlawful”.

The letter from the UO Archives giving me the original archives explicitly warned me that the files still contained confidential information and that if I disclosed it I’d be in trouble. UO’s Public Records Office has left a lot of what looks like confidential – or at least personal and embarrassing – documents in their sanitized release, and they include no such warning.

At the same time my initial take is that the sanitized archives have hundreds of “unlawful redactions” that violate the spirit and letter of Oregon’s public records law. Here are a few of the funnier ones, from the top of a big pile:

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That’s right, Dave Hubin and Lisa Thornton have redacted a press release. You can get the full text from “Around the O”, here.Does this mean Around the 0 has been posting unlawful press releases, or does it mean the PR Office has been making illegal redactions?

Here’s another one. They redacted all the faculty names from the search committee that gave Scott Coltrane Jim Bean’s job:

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But wait – those names are all posted on Around the 0, here. It’s trivial to find more violations of at least the spirit of Oregon’s public records law in what Hubin and Thornton have done. Here’s some dire information about the future of the UO law school that seems clearly to be of  public interest. Too bad it’s all redacted in pink:

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And here’s Gottfredson’s open letter sent to the entire community about sexual assault – redacted:

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But the best I’ve found so far has to be this unredacted note from Sharon Rudnick to Mike Gottfredson, congratulating him on hiring HLGR to negotiate against the UO faculty union, hoping he’ll do it again, and thanking him for the bourbon:

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Universities form illegal hiring cartel to keep faculty salaries low

A dead economist once wrote:

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

or to lower wages.

While it is easy and legal for a geographically isolated university like, say, UO to use their local monopsony power to keep the salaries of, say, UO Economics professors at, say, 72% of the market, universities in locations with many competitors have more difficulty.

North Carolina’s research triangle, with Duke, UNC, NC State, and many smaller schools within miles of each other is a case in point. An underpaid professor at one school could switch to another and get a raise to her market value, without even having to move the kids out of state and pay the realtor’s commission on selling and buying houses – the transactions costs that UO exploits. *

Unless, of course, these universities had a “gentleman’s agreement” not to make job offers to each other’s faculty. So I’m not exactly shocked to hear that’s what’s they’ve got. Though it is a little surprising to read the emails revealing just how ignorant these southern gentleman are about how illegal this is. Colleen Flaherty has the story in InsideHigherEd, here:

“I agree that you would be a great fit for our cardiothoracic imaging division,” the chief allegedly wrote. “Unfortunately, I just received confirmation today from the dean’s office that lateral moves of faculty between Duke and [Carolina] are not permitted. There is ‘reasoning’ for this guidance which was agreed upon between the deans of [Carolina] and Duke a few years back. I hope you understand.”

It turns out that Assistant Professor Danielle Seaman understands very well. Read the story for links to her lawsuit. Her lawyers just settled a similar one against Apple and other Silicon Valley employers.

Meanwhile the NCAA is still getting away with doing the same thing to student-athletes.

Footnotes:

* Unless you’re a JH VP like Robin Holmes, in which case they’ll use any excuse to give you a raise.

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Budget busting UO Police called in to protect secret football practice

Former UO VPFA Frances Dyke told the faculty – and State Senator Floyd Prozanski and the state legislature – that a sworn and armed UO Police Department would probably save money, compared to contracting with the Eugene PD. She lied. Actually it’s roughly doubled their budget, to $5.6M last year.

But hey, they’re doing a great job keeping Duck football practice secret, according to this Bleacher Report story. No word yet if it was Tom Hart, the Duck’s Director of Football Security – and noted sexual assault prevention expert – who called in the complaint:

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I’m not sure if the $2.7M increase over 5 years shown below includes the $500K plus that new VPFA Jamie Moffitt’s Budget Advisory Group – an attempt to bypass the Senate Budget Committee – gave the UOPD last year.

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