3/25/2013: UO’s academic accreditation comes through the NWCCU, which in turn is supervised by the US DOE. UO filed it’s latest report on 3/1/2013, compiled by Dave Hubin. Full of bold talk and more than a few half-truths. Read it all here. The cover page refers to our goal to be in the top half of the AAU:
Here are a few of the accreditation standards, with UO’s responses:
2.B.4 Consistent with its mission, core themes, programs, services, and characteristics,
the institution employs appropriately qualified faculty sufficient in number to achieve its
educational objectives, establish and oversee academic policies, and assure the integrity
and continuity of its academic programs, wherever offered and however delivered. …
… The UO Academic Plan specifically addresses faculty size and quality in the context of the university’s mission, which seeks academic excellence on a human scale while adhering to rigorous standards that establish the university’s ongoing status as the only AAU institution in the state of Oregon.
The University Senate, comprised of elected faculty (both tenure-related and non-tenurerelated), plays a key role in policy review and development.
2.F.3 The institution clearly defines and follows its policies, guidelines, and processes
for financial planning and budget development that include appropriate opportunities
for participation by its constituencies.
The UO engages several cross-functional teams to assist with budget preparation and
operational assessment. These teams include:
• Budget Advisory Group – comprised of students, faculty and staff; advises on
general fund allocations
• Tuition and Fee Boards – comprised of students, faculty, and staff; advises on
tuition and fees, and evaluates performance and projections.
• Internal Bank Advisory Committee – comprised of faculty and staff; analyze and
advise on debt-funded projects.
• Senate Budget Committee – comprised of members of the elected University
Senate; review and make recommendations on budgetary policy and long-term
I’d say the reality is a little different. The SBC website is here – not a lot of consultation going on, much less reporting. The academic plan was drafted by Bean in 2009 and then forgotten about (the 2011 date is when they located a copy of it – not when it was revised.)
The only link I can find to the “Budget Advisory Group” on the UO pages is to the accreditation report itself. How’s that for “appropriate opportunities for participation”?
And as for input into budget development, UO VPFA Jamie Moffitt won’t even show the faculty UO’s budget projections: