Women’s basketball wins games, loses $3M. Men’s basketball loses games, makes $2M

Presumably Dana Altman’s metrics will be less positive this year, and Kelly Graves’s less negative. Before depreciation, from the “NCAA Agreed Upon Procedures Report for the year ended June 30, 2018 “, here.

These numbers show AD Rob Mullens running an operating profit of $2.7M last year, but they don’t include ~$5M in annual costs that the Ducks have foisted off on the academic side over the years, as explained in this post from 2017:

ODE reporter Kenny Jacoby is back from a summer internship at NBC TV in San Diego, and he’s wasting no time getting to work. Today the Emerald has the most comprehensive accounting I’ve seen yet of the ~$5M a year in subsidies that UO’s academic side pays to Rob Mullens and the Ducks:

It’s the beginning of another school year, which means another round of tuition hikes for UO students. The damage this year is a 6.6 percent increase for in-state students (about $810 per year) and a 3 percent increase for out-of-state (about $945). It was nearly 10.6 percent for in-state students, but a last-minute influx of state support helped mitigate the increase. Tuition has gone up for the fourth straight year and roughly doubled in the past decade.

The Oregon athletic department, meanwhile, continues to thrive. According to its projected 2018 budget, it expects to make $113 million in revenue, up from $110 million last year and $40 million a decade ago. Each year, however, it spends every dollar it brings in. It recently paid to buy former football coach Mark Helfrich and his coaching staff out of their contracts and hire Willie Taggart and 12 new assistant and strength coaches.

Of the $113 million in revenue in 2018, about $5 million will come directly out of UO students’ pockets. Students, through tuition and fees, foot the bill for tutoring and advising services for student-athletes, President Michael Schill’s luxury seats at Autzen Stadium and Matthew Knight Arena, student tickets to football and basketball games and debt service on the basketball arena and parking garage.

Over the summer, the Emerald asked Schill whether he would consider pulling any money from the athletic department budget to mitigate a tuition increase for students. The answer was a resounding no. He said athletics is going through its own budget issues, and that he is “comfortable” with the the current level of subsidy.

Some big ticket subsidies from Jacoby’s story:

Jaqua Academic Center – $2 million

UO students pay roughly $2 million per year on tutoring and advising services available exclusively to UO’s approximately 450 student-athletes, financial transparency reports show. By comparison, UO spends about the same amount each year on the Teaching and Learning Center in the fourth of the library or basement of PLC, which offers free group tutoring services and paid one-on-one sessions to 20,000 undergraduates.

Matthew Knight Arena – $502,000

The most expensive on-campus basketball arena in the U.S. costs UO students roughly $502,000 a year in debt service, plus the cost of using the arena for school events. A decade ago, when Knight pledged $100 million to build the $227 million arena, the athletic department scrambled to find funds to buy the land on which to build it, which at the time was owned by a bakery plant. So in 2009, then-athletic director Pat Kilkenny made a deal with then-President Dave Frohnmayer that ultimately left UO students paying roughly a quarter of of the $1.8-million-a-year land debt payment. …

In addition to land debt service, UO students also pay money to use Matthew Knight Arena. Financial records obtained by the Emerald show UO has paid athletics more than $230,000 in the past three years on expenses on 27 school events at Matthew Knight Arena, including rent, audio/video technology, janitors, ushers and changeover (changing the venue from a basketball facility to accommodate different types of events). Using Matthew Knight Arena for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lecture in February, for example, cost UO nearly $40,000 — not including the $41,000 in donor money it paid to Coates.

Student Tickets – $1.7 million

UO students pay athletics nearly $1.7 million a year in student fees for tickets to UO sporting events.

President Schill’s Luxury Seats – $412,000

As part of the 2009 agreement between Frohnmayer and Kilkenny, UO agreed to pay the athletic department $375,000 a year for use of the presidential suite, 80 club level season tickets, eight reserved season tickets and 11 parking spaces at Autzen Stadium. UO also agreed to pay for 20 men’s basketball season tickets and four garage parking passes at Matthew Knight Arena, which amounted to $32,456 last year. The seats are used “for donor engagement and fundraising activities,” according to athletic department spokesman Craig Pintens.

Parking Garage and Parking Revenue – $625,000

Also part of the 2009 agreement, UO agreed to finance a portion of the debt service on the underground parking garage at Matthew Knight Arena and allow athletics to keep the parking revenue generated during games, as well as outside events managed by athletics, such as concerts. This amounts to $521,000 a year for debt service and between $250,000 and $270,000 in lost revenue — minus roughly $150,000 that the athletic department pays the City of Eugene for parking enforcement — during Matthew Knight Arena events.



Duck basketball player shows what college sports should be

Maggie Vanoni has the story in the Daily Emerald, an interlude from the steady stream of scandals from the Duck football and men’s basketball programs:

“Oti is the consummate student-athlete,” Graves said. “She’s a great teammate. You know, here’s a young lady that has kinda had a lesser role so-to-speak in terms of production and stuff, but she’s just as important to our team as anybody, and everybody on our team would say the same. I’m really glad she has stuck this out. I think it shows the character that she has, and I would trust her in any moment, regardless of time, score and magnitude of the game.”

Inspired by watching her daughter chase her basketball dreams, Roberson decided to go back to school and earn her bachelor’s degree in humanities at Eastern Washington University. She has watched her younger children develop the same goals because of Gildon.

An 0.4% increase in faculty, and an 11% increase in administrators

According to the Institutional Research website, the year before President Schill came to UO we had 2,066 faculty and 1,393 senior administrators and OA’s. As of this November, we have 2,075 faculty, and 1,546 senior administrators and OA’s:

That is an 0.4% increase in faculty and an 11% increase in administrators. The number of classified staff and GE’s has actually dropped slightly.

You can also break out the 0.4% faculty increase by rank:

TTF have increased from 735 to 807, or by 9.8%. NTTF regular from 846 to 906, or 7.1%. Adjunct/Visiting have decreased by 57%. So at least the change in the mix is toward more permanent faculty jobs.

You can drill down on the IR website to see where the administrative hiring has been. Apparently not all of it is for people to help me figure out Concur. E.g.:

UO currently has 57 job openings for administrators and OA’s on the careers website. Some of these are to replace people who have left since November, but many appear to be new positions:

Assistant Football Coach Eugene, OR Open until filled
Provides coaching assistance to the Head Coach during training and competitions for the University of Oregon’s football program.
Career & Academic Advisor Eugene, OR Open until filled
The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is seeking a Career and Academic Advisor.
Graduate Recruiter Portland, OR Open until filled
Sports Product Management, located in Portland Oregon, is seeking a recruiter for their graduate programs.
Asst Dir Industry Engagement Portland, OR Open until filled
The Sports Product Management Program, located in Portland Oregon, is seeking an Assistant Director of Industry Relations.
Case Manager & Senior Staff Therapist/Psychologist Eugene, OR Open until filled
The University Counseling Center is seeking a Case Manager and Senior Staff Therapist/Psychologist to assist in referring students to community therapists, agencies, and other campus and community resources.
Executive Communications Specialist Eugene, OR Open until filled
Seeking an Executive Communications Specialist to assist in the research, writing, and development of a broad range of written, spoken and digital communication for university senior leadership.
Events and Communication Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is seeking an Events and Communication Manager to manage signature events, partner on communication projects, and serve as the point person for SOJC social media.
Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries Eugene, OR Open until filled
Support the work of the Dean of the UO Libraries by providing executive-level administrative support to the Dean and Associate Deans, participating as a member of the Administrative Team, and serving as liaison between the Libraries and a wide range of individuals and organizations to advance the goals of the department.
Assistant/Associate Director of Admissions Eugene, OR Open until filled
Seeking an Assistant or Associate Director in Admissions in the School of Law.
Financial Analyst Eugene, OR Open until filled
Budget and Resource Planning (BRP) seeks a Financial Analysts to join a team that provides financial and analytical support for the operational aspects of the University’s annual budget and planning activities.
Associate Auditor Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Associate Auditor conducts audits, investigations, and consulting engagements for the University of Oregon in accordance with policies, procedures, and accepted auditing standards.
Executive Director of Sponsored Project Services Eugene, OR Open until filled
Responsible for building and leading a high functioning, service-oriented unit that supports Principal Investigator (PI) engagement in sponsored projects while ensuring institutional compliance with federal, state, and university policies.
Executive Director, University Career Center Eugene, OR Open until filled
The UO invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the University Career Center.
Associate Registrar for Operations Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of the Registrar is seeking an Associate Registrar for Operations to provide leadership, serve as primary liaison to university administrative and academic departments, and direct day-to-day office operations.
Creative Director for Track and Field Eugene, OR Open until filled
Responsible for coordinating, creating, implementing and maintaining graphic elements and video production through numerous social media platforms required for track and field recruiting.
ELR Operations Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of Human Resources is seeking a professional who will be responsible for the coordination and collaborative support of a highly responsive ELR team in serving the strategic goals of the University.
Department Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time Department Manager to provide leadership and management support for the department’s academic and faculty programs.
Senior Director of Development, East Coast Major Gifts Eugene, OR, Other-Site Open until filled
Join the high-performing University of Oregon fundraising team as our representative to the New York area. We are looking for an experienced development professional to connect with donors, volunteers, and alumni.
Program Manager, Portland Alumni Engagement Portland, OR Open until filled
In concert with the Director of Regional Engagement and university colleagues, assist with the development, planning, and management of engagement opportunities for university constituents in Portland.
Assistant Director of Development, School of Law Eugene, OR Open until filled
Join the fundraising team at the second-highest-ranked law school in the Pacific Northwest. We seek an experienced development professional who is eager to connect with donors, volunteers, and alumni.
Director, Office of Communications Eugene, OR Open until filled
Leads the development of a comprehensive communications strategy dedicated to establishing a clear voice, reputation, and brand for the College of Design. The Director is responsible for all aspects of strategic communication both internally and externally.
Investigator Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of Investigations & Civil Rights Compliance is seeking an Investigator who plays a critical role in the University’s response to reported incidents of prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
Community Director Eugene, OR Open until filled
University Housing’s Residence Life Department is accepting applications for Community Director positions for Academic Year 2019-20.
Recruiter and First-Year Admissions Coordinator Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Undergraduate Programs Office at the Lundquist College of Business is seeking a Recruiter and First-Year Admissions Coordinator.
Director of Development, College of Education Eugene, OR Open until filled
Join the fundraising team at one of the top ranked Colleges of Education in the country. We are looking for an experienced development professional to connect with donors, volunteers, and alumni.
Program Manager, Named Faculty and Scholarship Stewardship Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of Stewardship and Donor Services is seeking a Program Manager to implement and manage various stewardship programs designed to foster and nurture long-term, meaningful relationships between the university and its donors.
Assistant Director of Donor Relations Eugene, OR Open until filled
The School of Journalism and Communication is seeking an Assistant Director for Donor Relations to manage a variety of complex stewardship matters, directly contact donors, and work with the SOJC Development Officers on donor strategy.
Coordinator for Orientation Programs Eugene, OR Open until filled
The essential function of the Coordinator for Orientation Programs is to manage student staff for orientation. The position supports the operations of domestic undergraduate orientation and contributes to student development by executing a strong university program.
Director of Classification and Compensation Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of Human Resources is seeking a key member of the HR leadership team who will provide overall leadership for the classification and compensation portfolio.
HDC Facility & Operations Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Hatfield-Dowlin Complex (HDC) Facility & Operations Manager coordinates and manages all aspects of the building including mechanical and electrical systems, as well as the operations and maintenance of the building.
Director of Public Affairs and Issues Management Eugene, OR Open until filled
The University of Oregon is seeking a Director to serve as the primary spokesperson for the university and work with the Vice President and other members of the University Communications leadership team to counsel university leaders on public relations and media activities.
Instructional Technologist Eugene, OR Open until filled
As a member of the CMET team, this position provides course design, technical assistance, advice, information, direction, recommendations, and training to faculty and Graduate employees on the development of curricula and course materials.
Digital Communications and Production Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
Strategic Communications is seeking a creative and collaborative individual with outstanding project management skills to serve as the Digital Communications and Production Manager.
Media Services Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
As a member of the CMET management team, the position provides leadership in budget development, project management, new technology assessment, and team building.
Business Operations Manager, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management Eugene, OR Open until filled
The College of Design at the University of Oregon is seeking a dynamic professional to join us as a Business Operations Manager for the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management.
Interim Recruitment/Classification and Compensation Specialist Eugene, OR Open until filled
Human Resources is seeking to fill four (4) interim positions in our Talent Acquisition team.
Senior Human Resources Generalist Eugene, OR Open until filled
Successful candidates will possess a range of Human Resource experience and will demonstrate competencies in the areas of recruitment, onboarding, retention, termination, and employee and labor relations.
Communications Specialist, Office of the Provost Eugene, OR Open until filled
University Communications is seeking a Communications Specialist to support the Office of the Provost (OtP) by coordinating, organizing and executing communications projects for OtP and developing strategic messaging.
Enterprise IT Project Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
This position plans, implements, and monitors complex, technical, enterprise-wide IT projects and initiatives for Information Services.
Director of Holden Center for Leadership & Community Engagement Eugene, OR Open until filled
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students for Leadership & Engagement, the Director provides strategic direction and vision for the Holden Center, and oversees the administration of co-curricular leadership programs, experiences and services that will assist UO students in becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
Asst/Assoc Director for Career Planning & Professional Development Eugene, OR Open until filled
Seeking an Assistant or Associate Director in the Center for Career Planning and Professional Development in the School of Law.
Sign Language Interpreting and Transcription Coordinator Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Accessible Education Center seeks a dynamic and creative professional to join a team dedicated to facilitating access and full inclusion of people with disabilities
Staff Sign Language Interpreter Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Accessible Education Center seeks a skilled interpreter to join a team dedicated to facilitating access and inclusion of people with disabilities.
Research Development Officer Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Research Development Officer will support faculty in identifying and applying for both internal and external research funding, as well as coordinate projects to expand the overall research enterprise at UO.
Program Manager for Events and Operations Eugene, OR Open until filled
Develop and manage relationships with campus and community constituents to achieve revenue-generating goals of the Ford Alumni Center.
ITSM Program Manager Eugene, OR Open until filled
Information Services (IS) is seeking a full-time ITSM Program Manager, responsible for creating and maintaining standard processes and documentation as a way to facilitate repeatable and reliable service activities across IS.
CHRO & Assoc Vice President Eugene, OR Open until filled
The UO invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Associate Vice President.
Sr Affirmative Action Specialist Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of Human Resources seeks a Senior Affirmative Action Specialist who will serve in a leadership role ensuring institutional compliance with applicable affirmative action and equal opportunity obligations.
LL.M. Program Director Eugene, OR Open until filled
Lead the law school’s LL.M degree program through effective communications and publicity, budget management, student recruiting, admissions, program events, student support, career planning, and program development.
Sergeant (PDX) Portland, OR Open until filled
We are looking for an experienced Police Sergeant to work for our Portland, OR location.
Many Nations Longhouse Steward Eugene, OR Open until filled
Through partnerships and relationships with other campus partners and the greater Native American community, the Steward is responsible for scheduling, providing event support, and overseeing general maintenance in accordance to building codes.
Research Systems and Applications Administrator Eugene, OR Open until filled
Research Advanced Computing Services (RACS) is seeking a Research Systems and Applications Administrator to support high performance computing for UO faculty, students, and external customers.
McNair Program Director Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Division of Undergraduate Studies is searching for a Director of the TRiO McNair Program to oversee the coordination and delivery of services preparing underrepresented and first generation undergraduate students for graduate school.
Assistant Director for Program Management Eugene, OR Open until filled
The Office of International Affairs seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director-Program Management for GEO, a position responsible for daily operations and program development.
University Physician – Primary Care Eugene, OR Open until filled
Evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and/or prescribes health care and treatment for University of Oregon students independently or in conjunction with other University Health Center physicians.
Clinician Relief – Open Pool Eugene, OR Open until filled
The University Health Center periodically hires primary care physicians, psychiatrists, dentists and dietitians to provide occasional relief outpatient care to students at the University of Oregon.
Athletic Trainer Relief – Open Pool Eugene, OR Open until filled
The University Health Center periodically hires athletic trainers to provide occasional relief outpatient care to students at the University of Oregon.

AG supports legislation to put Univ Foundation under public records law

Of course I’m not talking about Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. This comes from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. The Albuquerque Journal has the story here:

SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking state lawmakers to adopt legislation making it clear that the University of New Mexico Foundation and similar groups must operate in public and release public records upon request. …

Read it all, the legislation derives from the AG’s investigation of a sports scandal involving the UNM Foundation, first exposed by blogger Daniel Libit.

Concur’s journey of a thousand clicks starts with a WTF?

2/14/2019 update II:

My attempt to add a hotel receipt and a few meals and lyfts to an already approved trip continues:

After spending another hour with Concur today, I cracked and went down to the department office, a broken man. I pled for help from one of the smartest and most patient people I know – my department’s office manager.

Sadly, I learned that if someone else edits your expense request, Concur does not let that same person approve your expense request. And since she is the only person authorized by UO to approve my expense requests, this could put Concur into an infinite loop, leading to a shutdown and unknown consequences for the U.S. macroeconomy.

But I’d brought my laptop, so she tried to walk me through it on my account, while she checked what her own screen showed. As it happens the Concur interface for  administrators is much better than that for users. I wonder why. But eventually we discovered that when a mere user gets a screen like this,

do not click on the check box! As UO’s general counsel often tells me, “that will take you to a place that you do not want to go.”

Instead, click on the William …. text. Yes, I know that text is not in blue, as has been the internet convention for a clickable link for hundreds of years. WTF? Click on it anyway, grasshopper. It will take you to a screen like this:

Unfortunately this is not where I want to be either. But I believe I can get there from here, and I’ve got the whole weekend coming up to continue this expedition.

2/14/2019 update:

I’m still waiting for that Brave New World where omnipotent computers monitor our every move, and either help us or destroy us. Meanwhile we’re stuck with Concur.

I really don’t mind that ever since I signed up with Concur they’ve been mining my email and credit card accounts, presumably through the free Tripit Pro account they gave me. But why can’t their shitty algorithm figure out how to use that information to actually help me get reimbursed for my USC trip hotel, and maybe a little per diem?  Instead it sends me scary emails like this:

I’ve got a fairly high risk tolerance, so I logged in and clicked:

Fort Worth? I had a direct flight to LA.

Fortunately my department has just hired a full time staff person to help with Concur problems like this, and while I’d blocked out a few hours tomorrow for class prep, I don’t think I can resist finding out what they think I did in Fort Worth, and which if any parts of this imaginary trip the university wants to reimburse me for.

1/16/2019: Click the Concur link, or just pay for this damn trip myself?

To click or not to click?

iI’m trying to go to LA for a meeting on university business. Back in the day this was easy. Buy a cheap ticket from expedia or wherever, make a hotel reservation, then submit the conference program and get reimbursed at the per diem rate for whatever meals the conference fee didn’t include.

But now, after several hours clicking through Concur’s poorly documented help pages – which, no shit, start with a “Legal Notice” – and a few phone calls to very helpful UO staff, I’m getting emails like this:

I’m pretty sure I don’t have a Company Card. And why would UO trust me with one, when they no longer trust me to buy my own airplane ticket? Is this legit, or has someone hacked my Tripit account?

OK, I did the smart thing and instead of clicking, I typed the url into my browser and logged in. Apparently this update was to tell me that UO’s travel agent had tacked a $9 fee onto the ticket that I could have bought myself with way less hassle:

I just hope someone’s getting a decent kickback for signing the contract with Concur. And if anyone knows how to add a hotel to this trip, or a good bridge near USC to sleep under, please post a comment.

Senate agenda for Wed Feb 13th 2019


3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Location: EMU 145 & 146 (Crater Lake rooms) Livestream here.

3:00 P.M.    Call to order

  • Introductory Remarks; Senate President Bill Harbaugh
  • University update: President Mike Schill

3:29 PM    Approval of Minutes

3:30 PM      Business/ Reports:

  • Discussion: CAS Reorganization task force; Karen Ford (3:30) Task force info here
  • Discussion: US18/19-11: Requiring CANVAS for Core Education courses; Chris Sinclair. (Briefly: “At a minimum, the LMS site for a core ed class shall include information about what requirements the course satisfies, any Methods of Inquiry covered by the course, a course syllabus, any significant assessments, and students’ current performance in the course.”)
  • Discussion: US18/19-10: Academic Continuity Plan policy proposal; Frances White (Anth), Scott Pratt (Exec Vice Provost). (The need for such a policy became apparent during the Dec 2014 GTFF strike when there was a certain amount of chaos about who was responsible for assigning grades etc. However this policy is also designed to apply in the event of an earthquake, etc. It establishes “emergency grades”, gives the surviving members of the Senate’s Academic Council authority to decide when they can be used, and lays out how and if they can be replaced with regular grades.)
  • Vote: US18/19-09: Process of Undergraduate and Graduate Council approval when courses are not finalized; Frances White. (Discussed this last meeting, I don’t believe it is controversial.)

4:49 PM    Open Discussion
4:50 PM    Reports

  • Oregon Legislative updates: Robert Garral OtP.

4:58 PM    Notice(s) of Motion
4:59 PM    Other Business
PM    Adjourn to Faculty Club, all invited!

¿CAS? task force to briefly discuss President’s assertions, consultants

Update: The Jan 22 meeting of this shambolic process is described below the break. They will try again this Tuesday Feb 12, the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin,  from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Diamond Lake Room, EMU 119.

At this point I’m guessing that Johnson Hall has decided that the opportunity cost of this is too damn high and they’re just going through the motions. But then that’s what I thought they thought about Brad’s metrics scheme, and look what that’s going to cost us in real money. So I’ll try and do some live-blogging, on the off chance they raise a quorum.

From the official website. My comments in italics.

About half the members are present. Some have to leave early.

CAS Task Force on the Structure of the College Agenda for February 12, 2019

Angela Wilhelms reports that Pres Schill is willing to pay a modest amount for a consultant, and that the deadline will be extended. The committee is now expected to report in “early May” but there will no decisions until Fall, after opportunities for input from the Senate, etc. This will still allow for starting a search for new dean(s) in late fall.

1. Senate Meeting 2/13; please attend if able

Chair Ford will present something to the Senate and there will be time for Q&A. 

2. Discuss briefly President’s Strategic framework assertions

Apparently there’s an old strategic framework, from before Pres Schill, with something about the liberal arts and the sciences. Discussion about ensuring that the report articulates the importance of thinking of these holistically rather than doing a slice and dice. Discussion about that the names of new colleges. “Liberal Arts” and “Sciences”? This decision will take years. 

Long discussion ensues. Multiple members report back that their colleagues don’t see what problems a reorganization is supposed to fix, have noted that the source of current problems is lack of money, not a lack of organization. Ford explains out that the current CAS divisional deans are voting members of the deans council, do fundraising, etc. 

My impression of the sentiment of the task force is that they are still wondering what the point of this task force is. 

3. Survey question 1 responses

On the survey someone asked about how a reorg would affect unit’s definitions of teaching excellence. Answer is not clear since it’s not clear what the def of teaching excellence currently is.

Conversation moves on to the possibility that a complete reorganization of CAS might make it easier for instructors to get white board markers. I’m not kidding.

Members note that the survey collected many cuss words but not much deep thought or coherence. Suggestion is made that was to be expected, given the vague nature of the questions. Discussion of potential new questions, e.g.

“Can you thing of a more politic name for a new college than The College of Liberal Arts?”

“Since we can’t figure it out, what’s your guess on why the President created our task force?”

Discussion of whether to post the current survey responses, with or without redacting answers like “this is a shit show”.  

Discussion of Brad Shelton’s comment from last time that the point of a reorg is to “produce the right kind of leaders”. The Chair says she thought that was sinister, and asked if anyone had a more innocent interpretation of it.  

4. Discussion and feedback on Working Group & Meeting Plan

Five working groups. The whiteboard marker is running out of ink, but I think they are Research, Teaching, Inside (organization & operations), Outside (donors & PR), Structure/$, Writing. Those present are volunteering for these. To start meeting tomorrow.

5. Develop format for future meetings; i.e. what the report of each meeting will look like

6. Update on Consultant

7. Update on extending calendar for our TF process

8. Groups

Jan 22 update on CAS Structure Task Force meeting – cue the consultants

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Admins to combine Faculty Tracking Software with metrics scheme

This software was pitched to us last year as a way to keep your c.v. up to date. But when linked with Brad Shelton’s faculty metrics scheme it’s so much more. Here’s a link to the provost’s website notice:

The project, called Faculty Insights, will result in a sophisticated online system that enhances our ability to capture the wide range of research and creative activities that our faculty do. The primary purpose of the system will be to manage the faculty review process university-wide – including promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review – more efficiently and effectively. Introducing a Faculty Insights system at UO will enhance our ability to streamline faculty personnel processes and make the achievements and instructional activities of faculty in all the schools and colleges more visible, within the campus community and to the broader public. The system will also support the local metrics process and the production of annual unit-level research reports.

UO will contract with Concur to provide the software.

Just kidding, it will likely contract with Digital Measures, a software company out of Milwaukee, with a hip award winning office that doesn’t look cheap. And they aren’t cheap. Their proposal to Western Michigan a few years ago worked out to about $90K a year for a license, and that’s just the start of the costs. The University of Maryland is hiring them too, and their administration just told their Senate the new software will require a full time administrator and 5 grad students paid to input data from the previous failed faculty tracking system.

But of course there will be benefits as well as costs to implementing Brad Shelton’s metrics scheme, such as giving our administration the data they need to track faculty in real time, and allowing them to set our annual goals for promotion or whatever, as explained in Azusa Pacific University’s Activity Insight Basic User Manual, here:

With Activity Insight’s flexible software the administration’s “servant-leader” monitoring can drill down to a remarkable level, such as this Faith Integration Activities report:

From Maryland:

From Western Michigan:

Wright State faculty strike ends after 4 weeks

Their administration had been trying to eliminate jobs, freeze salaries, and cut benefits.

Strikes by tenure track faculty are very rare, and typically only last a day or two. This was the longest I know of, at ~4 weeks. About half the faculty walked out, and their classes were being taught by deans and “interested community members”. The university faculty and their administration have now come to a tentative agreement, and classes will resume Monday.

According to this news report, Wright State’s poor financial situation was the result of the usual administrative blunders – including an insipid, expensive, and abandoned branding campaign, expensive consulting contracts that led nowhere, lawsuits, and more:

2. Presidential debate fail

Wright State spent $1.7 million preparing to host a presidential debate in the 2016 election that never happened, and spent another $2.6 million more in upgrades to the Nutter Center in preparation for the cancelled debate. …

RELATED: Kasich’s office: WSU leadership was ‘cultivating a regime of secrecy’

WSU administrators say they have taken steps to address these issues.

7. Millions for president’s pay

Former WSU president David Hopkins quietly resigned from the university last month after a tumultuous tenure.

Hopkins’ compensation itself was at times controversial. In 2014, contract provisions put his pay over $1 million, eclipsing other public university presidents, our I-Team reported.

So far I don’t see any details on the settlement, if you see anything please post a link.


Architecture profs sue Dean Christoph Linder for age discrimination

Daily Emerald reporters Michael Tobin and Zach Price have the scoop here, read it all. Some snippets:

Three University of Oregon professors associated with the university’s Portland architecture program are suing UO and College of Design Dean Christoph Lindner for just under $4.3 million, alleging that Lindner and the university engaged in age discrimination and retaliation as well as breach of contract, according to court documents.

Professors Warren Gerald GastHans Joachim Neis and Donald Genasci, born in 1944, 1947 and 1938, respectively, all worked as architecture professors at the UO architecture program in Portland. According to the individual complaints filed by the professors, they “were the oldest three faculty members in the Portland Architecture program in 2017 and 2018.” [UOM: Click names for pdfs of the complaints, which are worth reading.]

The complaints say that the three professors received notices in May 2017 from Lindner notifying them that they would be relocated from Portland to the UO’s Eugene campus. The two other Portland architecture faculty members, who were under 60-years-old, were not asked to leave, according to the complaints.

… The complaints say that Lindner wanted the reassignment because the Portland program “needed ‘new energy’” and was “stale.” According to the complaints, Lindner “was motivated by his desire for ‘new blood’” and that the “‘reassignment’ had ‘nothing to do with budget.’”

The university disagrees with the claims made in the lawsuits, according to an email statement from UO spokeswoman Molly Blancett.

“As noted in their complaints, they filed similar claims with the Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI), and those claims were dismissed,” Blancett wrote on Friday. “In light of the pending litigation, we are unable to provide additional information at this time but will address the allegations in the court proceedings.” …

“Unable to provide additional information”? Come on. The university administration has regularly provided additional information about litigation, when they think it will help them.

Dana Altman can’t fill Knight Arena, even at $2 a seat

Altman’s original contract with UO paid him a bonus if ticket sales went above $4M. He failed, so AD Rob Mullens just rolled this into his base pay, then gave him another raise, then in 2017 still more. Last year Altman brought in $2.6M in ticket sales but cost $2.8M just in base salary and a new “retention payment”. Starting in April that increases to $3M.

So how’s he doing?