Oregon Commentator hears Bean on tuition increases

3/16/2013: What is Jim Bean going to do to justify his last 16 months of feeding at the Johnson Hall sugar tit, at $27K a month? It seems to involve badly organized efforts to try and lobby students to support tuition increases. Nick Ekblad of the OC has the scoop:

Tuition increase as proposed by Jim Bean and Brad Shelton

March 15th, 2013 by Nick Ekblad

I received this email today at 12:35pm, opened it around 2pm and hopped over to the meeting in question:

Just a reminder of the meeting TODAY in Jacqua Auditorium.
“Students are invited to attend a meeting with University Administration to discuss tuition proposals for the 2013-2014 academic year. The meeting is set for Friday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00pm in the Jacqua Center Auditorium. Students are also welcome to provide written feedback anytime before 5:00pm on Monday, March 18th by sending it to VPSA@uoregon.edu.”

Here are my notes:

I thought it was particularly funny that they hosted this in the Jock Box. The projected utility cost per year of the University of Oregon is 18 million dollars and going up one million every year. I chuckled to myself and then the wall behind all those bunched up letters changed colors.  … And finally, the quote of the day, Jim Bean says, “If people cared about education as much as they cared about prisons in this state, legislators would lobby for it.”

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2 Responses to Oregon Commentator hears Bean on tuition increases

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lets use Bean’s logic. If administrators cared about education as much as they did lining their own pockets, each one of them would voluntarily cut their pay enough to secure one faculty line.

    Or

    If administrators cared as much about education as much as they did our sports brand, they would do a much better job working with our donors to funnel more of their money to education.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Also interesting that the email address to send student feedback to is vpsa@uoregon.edu. Robin Holmes has absolutely no authority in the tuition setting process. If anything, as someone who received a large retention increase on her six-figure salary last year and spent $20,000 on a political consulting firm to persuade students to pay $70/term for the EMU renovation, she is hardly someone to advocate for students on the issue of affordability…

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