Expect mild noise as crews drill out and replace stubborn PLC faculty

Building Occupants,

Starting at the end of May, maintenance staff will be painting all hallways and performing work on hallway radiators in PLC.  They will begin on the ground/basement level and hope to reach the 3rd floor by the end of summer.

You can expect to see painting tarps, ladders, work carts, paint cans, paint trays, etc.  Please be mindful of the work spaces as you pass by them.  Areas containing wet paint will be posted.  You can also expect mild noise as the crews remove and replace radiator covers and possibly drill out stubborn screws.


USC runs SAIL pipeline on steroids, boosts low SES enrollment & graduation

In the NYT here:

LOS ANGELES — If you go by the odds, Sierra Williams shouldn’t be in college, let alone at a highly selective school like the University of Southern California.

Many kids in her low-income neighborhood here don’t get to or through the 12th grade. Her single mother isn’t college-educated. Neither are Sierra’s two brothers, one of whom is in prison. Her sister has only a two-year associate degree.

But when Sierra was in the sixth grade, teachers spotted her potential and enrolled her in the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, or N.A.I., a program through which U.S.C. prepares underprivileged kids who live relatively near its South Los Angeles campus for higher education. She repeatedly visited U.S.C., so she could envision herself in such an environment and reach for it. She took advanced classes. Her mother, like the parents or guardians of all students in the N.A.I., got counseling on turning college into a reality for her child.

Sierra, 20, just finished her junior year at U.S.C. An engineering major, she’s already enrolled in a master’s program. “My end goal is to get my Ph.D.,” she told me when I met her recently. She wants to be a professor and, through her example as a black woman in engineering, correct the paucity of minorities in the field.It’s now some two decades since the first class of seniors in the N.A.I. graduated from high school and went on to college. More than 900 kids have used the N.A.I. as an on ramp to higher education — more than a third of them ended up at U.S.C. — and that number is growing quickly as the N.A.I. expands.

The public school that many N.A.I. enrollees attend, the Foshay Learning Center, was responsible for more new arrivals on the U.S.C. campus last fall than any other public or private high school in America. Nineteen N.A.I. alumni started as freshmen; 11 more transferred from other colleges.

And N.A.I. doesn’t even represent the whole of U.S.C.’s efforts to address inadequate socioeconomic diversity at the country’s most celebrated colleges. Although U.S.C. has often been caricatured as a rich kids’ playground — its nickname in some quarters is the University of Spoiled Children — it outpaces most of its peers in trying to lift disadvantaged kids to better lives. Those peers should learn from its example. …

Here at UO this will be the 10th year of the SAIL program. This summer we’ll have about 15 free week-long summer camps teaching local low-SES students what college is like and how to succeed at it, taught by about 100 faculty and staff volunteers,

UO spending on racial diversity triples since 2011, consultants cash in

This does not seem to include spending on the UMRP, probably about $1M a year, or spending by the colleges:

Here’s a snippet of the 2015-16 Equity and Inclusion’s operations spending. From what I can tell none of it went to help students pay tuition. Outside consultants got $360K for “services and supplies” – and they’ve already topped that for 2016-17:



UO’s minority tenure track faculty are in proportion to available PhD’s

That’s the official word from UO’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity office latest AA Plan here. Focusing only on minority tenure track faculty, UO in general has more minority faculty than the available pool of minority faculty, which AAEO defines here:

Because of the unique and highly competitive requirements for employment within a comprehensive research and teaching institution, the university utilizes additional sources of statistical information regarding the availability of qualified women and minorities. Most notably, because a Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required for most tenure-related positions, the university uses the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for information on the number of degrees granted by discipline to help determine the percentage of women and minorities with the requisite skills who are potentially qualified for instructional and research faculty positions. For tenure related job groups, the university uses terminal degree data.

UO’s AA Plan, Table 2. None of the minority differences are statistically significant according to the rather conservative Exact Binomial Test of Proportions that AAEO uses.

By the more liberal, and arguably more appropriate population measure, every college except our College of Education has more minority faculty than the pool – and even education is less than 1% below the available pool:

Comments welcome on NTTF, Administrators, and gender differences.

Duck coach Dana Altman grants player release from indentured servitude

According to Wikipedia, indentured servitude has been illegal in the US for quite a while:

… Several Acts passed by the American and British governments helped foster the decline of indentures. The Passenger Vessels Act 1803, an Act of the UK Parliament which regulated travel conditions aboard ships, attempted to make transportation more expensive so as to hinder landlords’ tenants seeking a better life. The American abolition of imprisonment of debtors by federal law (passed in 1833) made prosecution of runaway servants more difficult, increasing the risk of indenture contract purchases. The 13th Amendment passed in the wake of the American Civil War made indentured servitude illegal in the United States.

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

It seems the NCAA has an exemption to the 13th, but fortunately for Mr. Bigby-Williams, Coach Altman wants his scholarship for another student-athlete and he is now free to leave UO:

Kavell Bigby-Williams, one of the final pieces remaining of a Final Four Oregon squad has requested and has been granted his transfer from the University of Oregon. It is not known if Bigby-Williams is going to leave, but the release allows him to weigh his options for next season. According to the University of Oregon, Head Coach Dana Altman is recruiting the rest of this week and is looking to meet with Bigby-Williams early next week.

While I’m no economist, it’s fascinating to see that the British ruling class was using the same sort of labor cartel practices in 1803 as the NCAA is using today: make it as difficult as possible for your workers to move to better opportunities so you can keep the profits from their labor for yourself.

Or, as Abraham Lincoln said of people like Dana Altman,

“It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.”

President Schill announces $4.5M in budget cuts

Dear University of Oregon campus community,

Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time in Salem talking with lawmakers about the urgent need for additional state funding for public higher education. Elected officials tell me they understand the critical importance of higher education to the future of the state, but Oregon’s challenging political and fiscal realities—specifically a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the next two-year budget cycle—make it difficult for them to meet all of the state’s needs, including those of public universities.

It is with a significant level of uncertainty that we must move forward with budget planning for the 2017–18 fiscal year that starts on July 1. The UO must take steps now, some of them difficult, to prepare for this uncertain future. As we move forward, I am committed that we minimize the impact on our academic core.

To recap developments from the last few months, the state is proposing flat funding for public higher education, which in practical terms is a $2.5 million cut next year given the way state appropriations are distributed over the biennium. In addition, the university is forecasting significant cost increases—largely created by salary growth tied to collective bargaining agreements and unfunded retirement costs—equaling approximately $25 million in additional expenses next year, putting the total gap we need to close at $27.5 million.

With the shortfall in mind, in March the UO Board of Trustees approved a conditional 10.6 percent tuition increase for resident undergraduates and a 3 percent increase for nonresident undergraduates. I believe this tuition increase is too high, but it is necessary given our financial position. Public universities in Oregon have calculated that it would take at least an additional $100 million in biennial state support for most public higher education institutions to keep tuition increases to around 5 percent and preserve core student services next year. This is why the UO’s tuition increase is conditional. For every $20 million in additional state support, we are committed to reducing our in-state tuition increase by roughly 1 percentage point. However, we will not know where state funding will shake out until July, when lawmakers will likely finalize the state budget.
With decades of shrinking state dollars, tuition has become our primary source of funding. We have adopted an enrollment strategy for next year that aims to attract a strong incoming class and modestly increase the number of new students, which would help manage rising costs.

The bottom line is that tuition revenue and state support make up 94 percent of our general education budget, and there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty in those areas with three months left until the start of the new fiscal year. Given what we know at this time, we estimate the UO will still face a budget gap of approximately $8.8 million next year that must be closed with either new revenue or budget cuts.

It is my judgment that it would be imprudent to wait until the late summer to take action. Therefore, I am taking steps now to reduce the projected shortfall by roughly one-half, or $4.5 million, for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Those steps include the following:

A 1 percent reduction in administrative general fund spending. I have asked each vice president to provide a budget reduction proposal to me by May 22. Given that labor costs account for about 80 percent of the university’s general education budget, it is likely that some of these cuts will require hiring freezes and layoffs. I will review the proposed budget reduction plans and they will be vetted by the Office of the General Counsel and Human Resources. We anticipate being in a position to communicate any reduction decisions by July 1, with an October 1 implementation date. Schools and colleges will be exempt from this budget cut.
Estimated savings: $1.5 million

Eliminating the strategic investment fund. In the past, the university has set aside about $2 million a year for strategic investments and asked a budget advisory group composed of students and members of the faculty and staff to review, assess, and award funding to various proposals submitted from campus stakeholders. One million dollars of these funds have already been precommitted to tenure-track faculty hires related to the cluster initiatives. As was announced earlier, we are not running the strategic investment process for the remaining $1 million this year. Any new initiatives for FY 2018 that would normally have been funded under this program will have to be supported with dollars reassigned from within individual units.
Estimated savings: $1 million

Ceasing the distribution of graduation incentive grants. The university launched a program in 2016 to provide $10,000 grants to juniors and seniors at risk of not graduating. While this program, funded by state appropriations, is promising, it is something we must halt—at least temporarily—given the absence of adequate state funding.
Estimated savings: $1.4 million

Ceasing distribution of interest on auxiliary and designated operation funds. Many auxiliary and designated operations funds have been allocated interest when fund balances are positive. Going forward, we will suspend those interest payments and reallocate them to our general fund to help with the budget gap. Interest will still be distributed to grant funds, plant funds, internal bank funds, and restricted gift funds.
Estimated savings: $600,000

While I would like to write that the savings achieved from this $4.5 million of budget reductions would be enough for this year, that is unlikely to be the case. As all of you know, I have assembled an ad hoc Budget Advisory Task Force made up of faculty members, students, and staff members that is looking more closely at additional strategic steps that could be taken to either raise revenue or reduce expenses over the long term. My expectation is that any recommendations that come from this group will be more targeted than the initial steps I have outlined here and will be announced later this summer.

Despite these painful financial realities, I remain very optimistic about the trajectory of the University of Oregon. As we move forward, we will work diligently to protect our academic and research programs, and accelerate our recent progress in enhancing excellence in teaching and research. We will continue to invest in faculty hiring, research infrastructure, and support for student access and success programs. While today’s budget challenges will make this harder, we cannot and will not stall our pursuit of excellence at the UO.

By working together, we will be able to weather challenges that are ahead of us.

Thank you.
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

UO’s 100 most excellent faculty

According to Google Scholar, ranked by # of citations:

1 Paul Slovic Decision Research and University of Oregon, Cited by 138270
2 Michael I. Posner Prof Emeritus of psychology University of Oregon, Cited by 113549
3 Mark Johnson Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon, Cited by 83921
4 William H Starbuck University of Oregon, Cited by 42439
5 John Postlethwait Professor of Biology, University of Oregon, Cited by 25357
6 Alan D. Meyer Professor of Management, University of Oregon, Cited by 20683
7 Patrick J. Bartlein Professor of Geography, University of Oregon, Cited by 18767
8 Helen Neville Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Oregon, Cited by 18324
9 cq doe Univ Oregon, Cited by 17113
10 Russell J. Donnelly University of Oregon, Cited by 16072
11 Linda Price Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon, Cited by 15847
12 John Bellamy Foster Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, Cited by 14464
13 Lynn Kahle Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon, Cited by 14433
14 Gregory John Retallack University of Oregon, Cited by 14192
15 Jon Erlandson Professor of Anthropology, Executive Director of the Museum of Natural & Cultural Historty, Cited by 13758
16 Sanjay Srivastava Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 13113
17 Judith H. Hibbard Professor Emerita at the University of Oregon, Cited by 12719
18 Greg Bothun, Gregory Bothun, GD Bothun, G. Bothun University of Oregon, Cited by 12690
19 Nicholas Allen University of Oregon, Cited by 12207
20 Dipongkar Talukder Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Oregon, Cited by 11974
21 Brendan Bohannan Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, University of Oregon, Cited by 11899
22 Michael G. Raymer Professor of Physics, Department of Physics and Oregon Center for Optics, University of …, Cited by 10698
23 Jennifer Freyd University of Oregon, Cited by 10525
24 James E. Hutchison Lokey-Harrington Chair in Chemistry, University of Oregon, Cited by 10011
25 Bruce Bowerman Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon, Cited by 9984
26 Shannon Boettcher Assoc. Prof. Chemistry, University of Oregon, Cited by 9670
27 Albert O. Edwards, MD, PhD Oregon Retina, Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Oregon, Mayo Clinic, …, Cited by 9668
28 Douglas Hintzman Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 9432
29 Bruce Blonigen University of Oregon, Cited by 8972
30 ulrich mayr University of Oregon, Cited by 8966
31 George W Evans University of Oregon, Cited by 8453
32 Michael M. Haley Richard M. & Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon, Cited by 8362
33 T. Bettina Cornwell Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon, Cited by 8148
34 Phil Fisher University of Oregon, Cited by 8144
35 Jessica L. Green University of Oregon, Cited by 8064
36 Christopher Minson Professor of Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Cited by 7802
37 Reza Rejaie Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, Cited by 7721
38 Gerard Saucier Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 7637
39 Louis Moses Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 7627
40 Craig M. Young Professor of Biology, University of Oregon, Cited by 7503
41 Alice Barkan University of Oregon, Cited by 7435
42 Andrew Karduna University of Oregon, Cited by 7082
43 Patrick C. Phillips Professor of Biology, Institute for Ecology and Evolution, University of Oregon, Cited by 6925
44 Stephen Fickas Professor of Computer and Information Science University of Oregon, Cited by 6867
45 John R Halliwill, PhD Department of Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Cited by 6754
46 Trudy Ann Cameron RF Mikesell Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, University of Oregon, Cited by 6653
47 Michael V. Russo Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management, University of Oregon, Cited by 6653
48 Scott Bridgham Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, Cited by 6621
49 Richard York Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, Cited by 6373
50 Nash Unsworth University of Oregon, Cited by 6150
51 Allen D. Malony University of Oregon, Cited by 6124
52 Paul J. Wallace University of Oregon, Cited by 6099
53 Robert M. O’Brien Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, Cited by 5886
54 Ronald B. Mitchell Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon, Cited by 5851
55 Gordon C. Nagayama Hall University of Oregon, Cited by 5788
56 Eric A. Johnson Associate Professor, Inst. of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon. Founder, SNPsaurus, Cited by 5771
57 Hailin Wang Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA, Cited by 5407
58 Leslie Leve University of Oregon, Cited by 5214
59 David Krinsley Courtesy Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon, Cited by 5097
60 William T Harbaugh Professor of Economics, University of Oregon, Cited by 5067
61 David C. Johnson Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon, Cited by 4936
62 Kim Sheehan University of Oregon, Cited by 4843
63 Dietrich Belitz University of Oregon, Cited by 4749
64 Ilya Bindeman Professor of Geology, U of Oregon, Cited by 4741
65 Jennifer H. Pfeifer Associate Professor, University of Oregon, Cited by 4734
66 Karen Guillemin Professor of Biology, University of Oregon, Cited by 4720
67 Robert Madrigal Associate Professor, University of Oregon, Cited by 4675
68 Li-Shan Chou University of Oregon, Cited by 4476
69 Scott DeLancey University of Oregon, Cited by 4426
70 Ray Weldon Professor of Geology, University of Oregon, Cited by 4419
71 CJ Pascoe Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oregon, Cited by 4406
72 Josh Roering Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, Cited by 4241
73 Holly Arrow Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 4148
74 Douglas R. Toomey University of Oregon, Cited by 4131
75 Ken Prehoda Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon, Cited by 3989
76 Jeremy Piger Professor of Economics, University of Oregon, Cited by 3851
77 Victoria DeRose Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oregon, Cited by 3844
78 Daniel G. Gavin Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Cited by 3736
79 Sameer Shende Director, Performance Research Laboratory, University of Oregon and President, ParaTools, …, Cited by 3616
80 Azim Shariff Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 3580
81 Michael Pluth Associate Professor, University of Oregon, Cited by 3452
82 Hans C. Dreyer Assistant Professor of Human Physiology, University of Oregon, Cited by 3435
83 Diane Del Guercio Gerry and Marilyn Cameron Professor of Finance, University of Oregon, Cited by 3376
84 Gina Biancarosa University of Oregon, Cited by 3290
85 Jamie Bridgham University of Oregon, Cited by 3275
86 Michael Wehr University of Oregon, Cited by 3242
87 Lynn Stephen University of Oregon, Cited by 3212
88 David Boush Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon, Cited by 3147
89 Christopher Murray University of Oregon, Cited by 3144
90 Laura Lee McIntyre Professor of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, University of Oregon, Cited by 3103
91 Spencer Chang Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Oregon, Cited by 3090
92 Terry Hunt Dean & Professor, Anthropology, University of Oregon, Cited by 2977
93 Sara D. Hodges University of oregon, Cited by 2966
94 Seth C. Lewis Papé Chair in Emerging Media, University of Oregon; Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School, Cited by 2930
95 Michelle Wood Professor of Biology, University of Oregon, Cited by 2925
96 Raghuveer Parthasarathy The University of Oregon, Department of Physics, Cited by 2742
97 Pranjal Mehta Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, Cited by 2736
98 Jessica M. Cronce University of Oregon, Cited by 2658
99 Victor Ostrik` Professor, University of Oregon, Cited by 2636
100 Elizabeth Skowron University of Oregon, Cited by 2596

Not on the list? You need to claim your Google Scholar identity, associate with UO, and mark your papers. Rumor has it that President Schill will buy everyone with more than 5000 citations a drink down at the faculty club next Wednesday.

New Oregon public records law leaves truck-sized deadline loophole

From https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB481/A-Engrossed

Lots of testimony from Pete Shepherd, who as Deputy AG did so much to destroy the promise of Dave Frohnmayer’s public records law – and famously lost the PERS case to the Oregonian, while working for Harrang et al.  The new law, which comes out of AG Ellen Rosenblum and AAG Michael Kron’s reform committee, has a deadline – but with a loophole that puts transparency at the very bottom of the list of necessary Oregon government services:

… (5) As soon as reasonably possible but not later than 10 business days after the date by which a public body is required to acknowledge receipt of the request under ORS 192.440, a public body shall: (a) Complete its response to the public records request; or (b) Provide a written statement that the public body is still processing the request and a reasonable estimated date by which the public body expects to complete its response based on the information currently available. (6) The time periods established by ORS 192.440 and subsection (5) of this section do not apply to a public body if compliance would be impracticable because:

(a) The staff or volunteers necessary to complete a response to the public records request are unavailable;

(b) Compliance would demonstrably impede the public body’s ability to perform other necessary services; ….

Thanks to Paris Achen at the Portland Tribune for the link.

UO hires Barran & Liebman’s Shayda Le, pleas for more time on Freyd lawsuit

From the docket here:

ORDER: Granting Defendant’s Unopposed Motion for Extension of Time to Answer 6 . Answer is due by 5/18/2017. Ordered by Judge Michael J. McShane. (cp) (Entered: 04/17/2017)

Attorney Shayda Le of Portland’s Barran Liebman law firm is the same lawyer our administration hired, along with partner Edwin Harden, to defend Shelley Kerr and Robin Holmes against the lawsuit from UO counselors Karen Stokes and Jennifer Morlok over then Interim GC Doug Park’s effort to get them to give the GCO Jane Doe’s confidential counseling records, during Doe’s lawsuit against UO over the basketball rape allegations. I forget how much we paid out to settle that one.

GC Kevin Reed also hired her and Harden to investigate the “Halloween party incident”. That report is here. The commenters were not impressed with it.

Meanwhile, Freyd’s lawyer is Jennifer Middleton of Eugene’s Johnson, Johnson and Schaller law firm. Middleton was one of Jane Doe’s lawyers.

UO Trustee inspires her husband to promote government transparency

The NYT has the story here:

… Her answer: “A, it won’t, because there are things government doesn’t get to, and B, you’re missing it.”

Mr. Ballmer replied, “No, I’m not.”

That conversation led Mr. Ballmer to pursue what may be one of the most ambitious private projects undertaken to answer a question that has long vexed the public and politicians alike. He sought to “figure out what the government really does with the money,” Mr. Ballmer said. “What really happens?”

On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

… “How many people work for government in the United States?” he asked, with the excitement of a child showing off a new toy, before displaying the answer. “Almost 24 million. Would you have guessed that?”

“Then people say, ‘Those damn bureaucrats!’” Mr. Ballmer exclaimed, channeling the criticism that government is bloated and filled with waste, fraud and abuse. “Well, let’s look at that. People who work in schools, higher ed, public institutions of education — they are government employees.” And they represent almost half of the 24 million, his data shows.

“And you say, O.K., what are the other big blocks?” Mr. Ballmer continued. “Well, active-duty military, war fighters. Government hospitals. Really? I didn’t know that.”

Suddenly, he explained, the faceless bureaucrats who are often pilloried as symbols of government waste suddenly start to look like the people in our neighborhood whom we’re very glad to have.

“Now people might not think they’re government employees, but your tax dollars are helping somehow to pay 24 million people — and most of these people you like,” Mr. Ballmer said. …

That’s just a snippet. It’s a very interesting project, not that I’ve got a PhD in public economics.