Breaking news: Governor to cut real Higher Ed operating budget, won’t give HECC their requested extra $100M, will fund construction, will blow $35M on “free” community college. In the Oregonian:
Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a roughly equal combination of new revenues and program cuts to close a looming $1.7 billion shortfall in the state’s budget. … In the wake of the November defeat of Measure 97, which would have raised $3 billion a year, Brown is asking legislators to approve $897 million in new revenue to help balance the 2017-19 budget. …
Oregon Opportunity Grants, aimed at helping the state’s neediest post-secondary students, are expanded in Brown’s budget, with an aim of providing financial assistance to an additional 5,000 students.
She has also chosen to preserve the Oregon Promise program, which lets high school students with high enough grades attend one of the state’s nine community colleges for as little as $50 per semester.
Funding for community colleges and higher education, meanwhile, would contain no built-in cost for maintaining current service levels.
“These cuts are a level that I find absolutely unacceptable,” Brown said. “State needs are growing, but state resources are not keeping pace with the needs.”
On the other hand, the governor has proposed spending $350 million to help with facilities projects at the state’s colleges and universities. That effort includes $15 million in bonding money for campus security upgrades in the wake of the October 2015 shootings at Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College.
And I just got this helpful email from Hans Bernard:
· The Governor recommends flat funding for universities. The Public University Support Fund (PUSF) is funded at the Legislative Approved Budget (LAB) 2015 level of $667.3 million). Because of the current service level calculations and the technical details on how funds are split over the biennium (49% in the first year, 51% in the second). this does represent a modest cut to UO.
While we will need to manage a slight cut in state support and account for significant cost increases amounting to nearly $25 million in the coming year – the Governor went to great lengths to shield public universities and students from taking a disproportionate cut.
Student Financial Aid:
· The Governor increased funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant by approximately 8% from last biennium, bringing the total funding amount to $151 million.
· The Governor’s Budget recommends funding the Oregon Promise “Free Community College” program at $39.7 million.
The proposed budget includes approximately $275 million in funding for university Capital construction projects. The largest slices of the pie are given to UO ($77 million), OSU ($47 million), PSU ($40 million) and OIT ($38 million). The budget also recommends funding for $75 million in community college projects.
Classroom and Faculty Office Building: The Governor’s budget provides $44 million for UO’s Classroom and Faculty Office Building. The project UO submitted to the HECC included funding to renovate faculty offices once the new building was constructed. The Governor’s budget does not provide funding for those portions of the project ($11 million).
Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact: The Governor’s budget supports full funding for the Knight Campus, with the investment made over the course of three biennia. An initial investment of $33 million is included in the 2017-19 budget.
Again, I will provide you a more thorough update in the coming days. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
Live webcast on BOT meeting here. Some live-blogging below.
The official BOT website buries the agenda, so here’s an easier version. Haven’t had time to look into the materials much, but I did notice Chuck Lillis and Ginevra Ralph have no competition for their elected Chair and Vice Chair positions. (Last year Lillis presided over the meeting that extended his own term from 2 years to 3.) I note that the UO Senate generaly is able to field competitive slates for these kinds of jobs.
And where are the internal audit reports?
Executive and Audit Committee — 8:30AM December 1, 2016 [Materials]
1. IT Strategic Planning Update: Scott Coltrane, Sr. Vice President and Provost
Sorry, there’s not enough coffee in Portland to get me up early enough to sit through Scott’s powerpoint again. Rumor down at Cafe Roma is that about 15 IT people have left so far or are leaving. There are 12 open IT jobs, including the director position, posted on the HR website. Moral is low.
2. Audited FY16 Financial Statements: Scott Simpson, Partner, Moss-Adams LLP; Jamie Moffitt, Vice President and CFO; Kelly Wolf, Controller
Not in the packet. How can the board do due diligence with this?
Angela passed out packets at the meeting, but there weren’t emugh for the 5 visitors. Presumably it’ll be online soon. The auditor’s report is that all’s well from the from the 40,000 foot level.
3. Quarterly Audit Report and Approval of an External Auditor: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor
UO has been independent from the state’s Audit Board for 3-4 years now. It took a year to hire the first auditor. She left in frustration after a year or so. So did a couple of her staff. That was a year ago. Our new auditor has just staffed out her office and put up a webpage. Someday they may actually start doing internal audits, such as the long promised athletics audit. While the state regularly published their audits of UO, I’m guessing it’s going to be a long public records battle to get these from the PRO.
4. Strategic Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance: Andre LeDuc, Associate Vice President and Chief Resilience Officer
Lots of colorful powerpoint slides. LeDuc’s empire seems to have expanded from security and digging faculty out of the rubble of PLC, to consideration of isssues like IT security, tuition dependancy, grant administration. Not sure where the athletics lawsuits and Halloween parties fit in. Wants to buy more insurance and water filtration systems.
Lillis asks Moffitt if UO has a list of “unfunded mandates” from the feds for UO. This idea presumably comes out of his support for erstwhile Presidental Candidate and higher-ed crank Ben Carson.
Moffitt: There was a report coming out of some east coast school listing these mandates and claiming they were a major driver of administrative bloat, but it was problematic.
5. Board Officers: Trustee Peter Bragdon
Finance and Facilities Committee — 9:45 AM December 1, 2016 [Materials]
1. Standing Finance and Treasury Reports (Written Only) and Authorization for Certain Investment Activities (Action): Karen Levear, Director of Treasury Operations
This is a proposal to invest UO’s medium term funds with the UO Foundation, in stocks and derivatives, for hedging not speculation. It was passed as a ballot inititiative this fall. Very sensible, Lavear knows her stuff.
Kurt Willcox asks what sort of oversight the board will have, and what sort of information the notoriously secretive UO Foundation will share with the Board. Jay Namyet, UOF CIO, says not much. This is a trust me proposal, but imho I trust Lavear’s judgement on this and her ability to keep an eye on Namyet.
Ann Curry asks more skeptical questions. Ross Kari does a good job addressing them, notes that after the last financial meltdown there are now more SEC rules regarding transparency and reserve requirements.
Jay Namyet notes that the UOF insists on dealing with managers who have their own net worth in the fund, and they insist on complete transparency. Good practices – but not ones the Foundation follows for its own employees.
Lillis notes that Namyet has had a spectacular 10 years in terms of investment returns.
2. UO Buildings – Energy Policies and Programs: Michael Harwood, Associate VP for Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Susan Gary: Is it worth it for UO to pay the LEED people to certify buildings as energy efficient. Can’t we just build them that way and save the money? Harwood: probably worth paying for the LEED stamp of approval, for public relations.
Frankly, it’s a little odd to hear so much discussion of energy audits, and so little of internal financial audits from the board.
3. Authorization of Possible Eminent Domain Proceedings (Action): Kevin Reed, Vice President and General Counsel
Diane Dietz has the story here.
Reed makes clear he is taking his responsibility to comply with the Constiution’s taking clause very seriously, with the help of some Portland lawyer.
Lets hope he takes to university’s obligation to comply with the First Amendment, when it comes to our student-reporters, student-athletes, and Divest UO and other protestors just as seriously.
Ann Curry give the RG’s Diane Dietz a shout out over her story on who this will affect the tenants. The Jock Box’s athlete-only parking lot will be untouched, of course.
Moffitt notes that all the funds for relocation etc., will come from the Knight gift.
Academic and Student Affairs Committee — 11:00AM December 1, 2016 [Materials]
1. Title IX – National Picture, Current Trends & UO Organization: Darci Heroy, Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
Full disclosure: I’ve been working with Darci Heroy for 6 months on the Senate’s successful effort to replace the administration’s mandatory reporting policy with a student-centered policy, and I think she’s very sensible, effective, and committed to reducing campus sexual assault – not trying to cover it up, as has been UO’s unfortunate history.
She shows the board the new safe.uoregon.edu website, which has fixed many of the problems with famously incompetent AAEO Directo Penny Daugherty’s unnavigable and factually inaccurate website. It’s no surprise that the administration has never put Daugherty in front of the Board.
Heroy goes on to give some history on Title IX, explains that the pendulum is shifting back towards increased rights and more legal action for the accused. Confident that our processes to a good job of blancing the rights of the victim and the accused.
Pres Schill asks Reed about how many lawsuits we have at the moment. Austine et al., and 2 others (?).
Heroy notes that the lawsuits have helped improve UO’s internal processes. She wants UO to be consistent in following the focus of Title IX on making sure that all of our students have access to a fair and compassionate process, one that will make sure they all have equal rights to accessing education.
Ginevra Ralph asks why universities are required to handle sexual assault differently than, say, murder.
Heroy explains that’s because of the focus of title IX on equal access to education. It does put us in an awkward place, we must have a sort of ghost criminal process. Reed agrees.
Ralph follows up, asking about the basketball allegations. Why were we required to investigate, rather than give it to the police?
Reed: The police often inestigate as well, but civil rights law holds us to a higher standard because of our obligation to provide equal access to education.
Reed & Schill: Criminal process has a higher burden of proof, is invasive, public, students don’t use it. We need to protect them anyway.
Heroy gives a shout-out to the Senate RRWG and it’s new policy. Talks about how campus is now working in sync on issues of sexual assault prevention.
Very good discussion between Heroy and the Board.
2. Health Center / Counseling and Testing Center Project Preview: Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management
Moved til after lunch.
3. Student Success: Lisa Freinkel, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Doneka Scott, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success; Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence
[Sorry, I had to answer some emails. Sounds like the 15 credit plan is taking off, and Doneka Scott has a handle on the new system for tracking and helping students who are behind.]
Lunch break until 1:45
4. Program Approvals – Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Spatial Data Science and Technology (Geography) (Action): Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost
Meeting of the Board — 1:45PM December 1-2, 2016 [Materials]
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 – 1:45 pm (other times approximate) – Convene Public Meeting
– Call to order, roll call, verification of quorum
– Approval of September 2016 minutes (Action)
– Public comment (2:13).
Sorry, not much live blogging. Check the video. Several public comments calling for more building energy efficiency efforts. Several pointing out the problems with the IT reorganization effort and its thus far negative effect on it personnel and services.
Several comments from owners and leasors of the land UO is negotiating to buy, all building the arguent that their property and investments are worth more than the appraised value. According to the Domino’s owner, our General Counsel stepped in the deep-dish with his RG comments.
Two portland students comment on the Halloween “black-face” incident. Appreciate Schill’s statement. Embarassed by the professor’s actions. Want more university resources in Portland for students to talk about incidents like this.
NOTE: A live teleconference will be available during public comment to accommodate individuals wishing to participate from Eugene (Ford Alumni Center, Room 403)
–ASUO President Quinn Haaga
–Senate President Bill Harbaugh
–Provost Scott Coltrane
–President Michael Schill
2. AY2016-17 Student and UO Scholarship/Waiver Statistics: Roger Thompson, Vice President for
Student Services and Enrollment Management; Jim Brooks, Assistant Vice President and Director
of Financial Aid and Scholarships
3. Classroom Scheduling Task Force – Findings and Next Steps: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President
and Provost; TBD
4. UO Portland Vision Statement: Jane Gordon, Vice Provost for UO Portland
5. Portland Programs In Focus
5.1 Agora Journalism Center, School of Journalism and Communication: Regina Lawrence,
Executive Director, George S. Turnbull Portland Center and Agora Journalism Center; Andrew
DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and Professor of Practice
5.2 Sports Product Management, Lundquist College of Business: Roger Best, Professor Emeritus
of Marketing; Damian Vaugh, Assistant Clinical Professor of Product Management
Lot of buzzwords, shiny video. Still no news on the $20M donation we were told would fund this spire of excellence.
Meeting Recessed for the Day
Day two here.