A little UO history, and some data

7/23/2010: Check the comments for an interesting take on UO history, from an old man:

… Can such “Oregon values” be resurrected? Old Man hopes so, but more Faculty Push will be required since it is in the eternal nature of things that some administrators will try to arrange things to their own convenience, forgetting that their role is to serve the Faculty in its efforts to execute the University’s educational mission.
The new Prexy seems to understand that mission and seems to be taking steps to clean up the mess he inherited. Faculty would do well to support his efforts.

And a dog adds some rather shocking data:

Here is some enrollment data.
Column 1 gives year, 2 gives number of undergraduates, 3 gives grad students (inc professional schools), 4 is the ratio of grad students to total population:

30% defines top tier Research Universities

20% is the threshold for Carnegie Type I Research Universities

1970-71 11302 3999 26%
1973-74 12390 3653 23%
1976-77 12311 4451 27%
1979-80 12066 3945 25%
1982-83 11316 3482 24%
1985-86 12296 3344 21%
1988-89 14104 3663 20.6%
1991-92 12845 3484 21.3%
1994-95 12941 3216 19.9%
1997-98 13347 3158 19.1%
2000-01 13643 3161 18.8%
2003-04 15583 3539 18.5%
2006-07 16283 3418 17.3%
2009-10 18210 3471 16.0%

we are clearly becoming an unbalanced University and evolving to an UG institution. For me, this is the most serious problem at the UO and has been for the last 10 years.

Only 16% of our students are graduate/professional students. Do any of the administration’s initiatives address this issue? Our GTF stipends are absurdly low, and that this really hurts quality and quantity. My impression is that the “big 5” idea proposals are focused on peripheral issues, not this basic one.

Only 15.9% – Masoli will apparently be entering graduate school at UNLV instead of UO.

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