5/24/2015 update: I don’t have anything new on this. Does anyone?
7/8/2013: The Lane County DA’s office has finally prodded UO into releasing the 269 page Canoe Group report on Portland. UO sent me a very low quality pdf, I’ve asked for something better and here it is, thanks! Full pdf here.
UO decided to completely redact the 2012 PWG report. If anyone has a copy of that pass it on and I’ll post it.
The Canoe doc is a “situational report” and is mostly lists of the programs, history, and interviews with people. The RFP seems to have included a call for a financial analysis, but the report is just qualitative.
The White Stage lease costs UO $2.4 million a year, and is up for renewal in 2014, an issue which comes up repeatedly. I don’t know much about UO Portland, but the tenor of the report is that UO has spent a lot of money on Portland operations with little to show for it, that there has been too many reports and talk and not enough action, and that a lot of stakeholders inside and outside UO are angry.
I’m guessing that the White Stag building will be kept despite its cost. It’s already home to a large Duck Fundraising operation, and will presumably become the clubhouse for the new UO Trustees. Maybe they should turn the bottom floor into practice space for the cheerleading team, and try to get some Duck donor money for the rent?
Some excerpts from the report, starting with the usual consultant’s pablum from the exec summary:
The consultants note that UO had just completed another report on Portland, without much impact:
One natural activity for Portland is fundraising. No surprise, UO’s efforts there, as everywhere, are heavy on raising money for the Jocks, who have three development officers to the academic side’s one:
The report gets lots of quotes from internal and external stakeholders that are plenty pissed about the lack of leadership from the UO administration, without naming names:
Presumably the good stuff from the PWG report starts on page 231, but UO redacted it and the next few pages:
Followed by 3 entirely redacted pages. Lisa Thornton’s explanation for the redactions was a curt
“Any redactions made were in accordance with ORS 192.502 (1)”
Comments welcome. It was a fight to get UO to give up this report, I hope it means something to someone with more background information than I have.
6/30/2013 update: We are paying $2.4M in rent for the White Stag building, less about $185K for sublets. That’s just part of the bleeding. 3 weeks since I made a simple public records request for a copy of the Canoe Group consultant’s report on what to do about UO Portland and Hubin’s office is still sitting on it – even after I filed a petition with the Lane County DA:
I asked the UO public records office if they have a document or documents related to your public records request and was advised they do. Ms. Thornton told me she is reviewing the document(s) and will release according to public records law. Your appeal is denied at this time.
Patricia W. Perlow
Lane County District Attorney’s Office
This is what Pres Gottfredson calls transparency? For the nostalgic, here’s our former interim provost James C. Bean in 2009, who apparently will rake in $322,140 next year not teaching any classes, claiming we make money in Portland:
6/8/2013 update: See bottom for the Canoe Group report info. Anyone got a copy?
6/6/2013: Hard to tell – lots of people working in the White Stag building though. List here.
Rumors are that UO Portland is losing $3.5M or so a year. The 2012 report on Portland is here. It ends:
Before the end of the next academic year, the University should have a common understanding of its Portland initiatives, their importance, their structure, and their financial model.
In order to move the institution toward this goal, we recommend that a significant portion of the university’s summer 2012 retreat be dedicated to this topic. This will require the President and Provost to be prepared with at least a draft of a vision of the strategic importance of Portland and of its potential shape in the next decade. We understand that even under the most optimistic scenarios, the new President will have been on board for a short amount of time at that point. But we are deeply concerned that waiting another year will leave us poorly situated to take advantage of strategic opportunities, will force interim decisions that may be at odds with our eventual strategic direction, and will frustrate the many communities who continue for hunger for clarity around this important issue. This will also require the deans and unit heads to be prepared for a robust conversation about Portland. We must not spend our time in the retreat merely doing a survey of existing programs and arrangements. To be certain, understanding such background will be important for the conversation. But we should all expect to do homework in advance of the retreat, so that we can dedicate our collective time to the consideration of the institution’s overall strategy in Portland.
Does anyone have a copy of the material presented at this retreat, or any follow-up? I asked VP for Portland Wendy Larson for some info about a year and a half ago:
From: Bill Harbaugh [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 11:46 AM
To: Wendy Larson
Subject: Re: portland budget
Thanks Wendy – do you know if there are any plans to produce any sort of a budget report or financial plan for the Portland operations?
UO Prof of Economics
I got this response from her:
Best to ask this question to Frances/Jamie, as I am not aware of all of their plans.
Vice Provost for Portland Programs
and then this from Jamie Moffitt:
Hi Bill –
Many units operate out of Portland. Investment decisions regarding their operations are made at the school & college / unit level and are incorporated into individual budgets. I am not aware of any plans to try and centralize this process or data.
Obviously that changed, according to the document above there should now be a plan to stop the bleeding. I’ve asked Wendy Larson for a copy. No response from her yet, but a helpful commenter sends me to the Canoe Group consultant’s web page – they submitted a 331 page report to UO this February:
From: Bill Harbaugh
Subject: request for a copy of the Canoe Group report on UO PortlandDate: June 8, 2013 10:54:02 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton
Cc: Wendy Larson , Michael Moffitt , Dave Hubin , Gregory Rikhoff , Margaret Paris , Robert Kyr
Dear Ms Thornton:
This is a public records request for a copy of the 331 page Canoe Group consulting report on UO operations in Portland, referred to at http://www.thecanoegroup.com/2029/fine-tuning-internal-alignment-university-of-oregon-in-portland/
I’m ccing VP for Portland Wendy Larson and Law School Dean Michael Moffitt, who worked with the Canoe Group, and should have copies of the report, and should be easily able to forward it.
I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest, which is large given the expense of UO’s operations in Portland and the costs of the consulting contract.
On SaturdayJun 8, 2013, at 10:59 PM, Wendy Larson <email@example.com> wrote:
For clarification: I am on sabbatical, and did not work with the Canoe Group. I have not seen the report. The Interim VP at UO PDX is Kate Wagle, and I am her copying here.
From: Bill Harbaugh
Subject: Re: request for a copy of the Canoe Group report on UO PortlandDate: June 8, 2013 11:02:04 PM PDT
To: Wendy Larson
Cc: Public Record Requests , Michael Moffitt , Dave Hubin , Gregory Rikhoff , “Margaret Paris” , Robert Kyr , Kate Wagle VP PDX
Kate, I’d appreciate it if you would forward a copy of this report without making me go through the pain and expense of dealing with UO’s public record’s office.