Trustees post summary of spring break meeting

Pdf here. It summarizes the Retention and Delegation of Authority policy – more on that later. This is also of note:

Applying the assumptions given in the HECC request, Moffitt reported that the UO would require an additional $7.4 million in FY 2016 and an additional $7.7 million in FY 2017 to maintain the current service level.

Shelton described four proposals to address 40-40-20 goals if additional funding were provided:

  • PathwayOregon: A “high touch” program with demonstrated success, increased funding for PathwayOregon would expand eligibility to serve more Pell-eligible Oregon students, increasing the number served from 1,700 to over 2,300. Cost: $2,200,000/year.
  • UO Graduation Assistance Grant: A “last mile” approach targeted to resident upper division students at risk of dropping out, this program would serve an estimated 150 juniors and 250 seniors. Successfully implemented, this program is conservatively estimated to raise UO’s graduation rate by 5 percentage points. Cost: $4,200,000/year.
  • UO Retention and Completion Initiative: This is an integrated retention approach that provides enhanced advising, learning, and enrichment support through peer advising, support for building writing skills, assistance for historically difficult “gateway” and general education courses, greater staffing provided through an undergraduate retention office, and greater academic enrichment through residential, first-year, and capstone experiences. Cost: $3,500,000/year plus $500,000 one- time funds.
  • University of Oregon Tenured Faculty Initiative: Recognizing the synergy of research and instruction in providing a high quality learning environment, as well as the attraction to promising undergraduate students of the opportunity to work directly with research faculty, this proposal asks the state to fund half of the proposed increase of 120 tenure-related faculty. Cost: $7,500,000/year.
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