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- UO Community Member UO wants to raise another $500 million. Should they achieve that figure they will be well positioned. $1B = >$500M... – Friday
- Dog This is correct. We have a director with a much better understanding of the biomedical engineering landscape than anyone IN... – Thursday
- Dumpster Fire As someone who has been extremely skeptical of the Knight Campus, my impression is that UO hit it out of... – Thursday
- Dumpster Fire But does the math work? Is there really enough money to endow all these faculty lines? How much of the... – Thursday
- justsayuotoducks From the cheap seats, that looks pretty freaking impressive. – Wednesday
- UO Community Member Knight Campus External Advisory Board details are up on the Knight Campus' website: https://accelerate.uoregon.edu/knight-campus-external-advisory-board Some googling tells me the executive... – Wednesday
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- honest Uncle Bernie Nobody can say the students don't receive proper indoctrination at UO! – Friday
- University of Nike author to... (13)
- honest Uncle Bernie How is UO better? – Friday
- honest Uncle Bernie Why would you expect UO's quality to have improved over that time period? – Friday
- uomatters Env Nec: Congratulations on submitting the comment of the week. Please contact our swag office for your complimentary University of... – Friday
- apt Ha! I couldn’t help but bring up the EW article with (mostly first-year) students yesterday. After the initial wide-eyed, mouths... – Friday
- Publius Are you asking is it unprecedented for a donor to personally pay part of a university president's salary? What difference... – Friday
- Charlie How has the flagship's academic quality improved over the last twenty years? – Friday
- Environmental necessity Wonder if the UO will choose this for the Common Reading next year? – Friday
- Erik Blackstone Eh don’t really care. The university is better than what it was before and I’m thankful for it as well... – Friday
- Portland Community College adopts sensible... (8)
- hardnosedduck I misspoke on not changing the expected result. As you point out, it will be higher with greater risk (variance).... – Thursday
- thedude Any way to increase income is a bet. They all have uncertainty. The greater the reward to the better, usually... – Thursday
- hardnosedduck Well, I'm an advocate of the state being wealthier. :-) But seriously, the strategy of borrowing money and investing it... – Tuesday
- Pay Later Interesting idea about paying off PERS as state grows in population and wealth. Are others advocating this? Is there an... – Tuesday
- Dog and jobs automatically fall from the sky ...? – Saturday
- honest Uncle Bernie You forget something? They also come demanding expensive services, especially if they're refugees from Cal., etc. – Saturday
- Benjamin C Hansen The easiest way to pay for pers... Building more housing Prices fall People move here Taxes go up – Saturday
- honest Uncle Bernie The time to do this was in 2008-09 or so, when the stock market had tanked. I did it with... – Friday
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- Its jayhawks, not foxes. All of this comes from the 1888 book by Henry George Population and Subsidence - the... – Monday
- Not Yet Dry Duck Ha, great quote! To carefully split the hair, my little tale was intended as support for point 5 above, regarding... – Monday
- UO Matters The economist and socialist Henry George said something like "Foxes and men both eat chickens. The difference is the more... – Monday
- Not Yet Dry Duck That's a problem for you, I guess. As for me, I'll continue to believe my own lying eyes... (On global... – Sunday
- RCO Hmmm. One the one hand we have virtually all climate scientists in the world projecting catastrophic outcomes, and on the... – Sunday
- Not Yet Dry Duck Back through the mysts of time, the 70s, I recall sitting in primary school dutifully watching the educational movie of... – Sunday
- RCO I find your point 5 to reflect a perspective born of vast privilege. If you are the average person in... – Sunday
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- Dog startup competitiveness = recruitment – Sunday
- Demographic Duck Re XDH comment on higher offers for desirable demos (i.e., not white males), I guess that shouldn't have surprised me,... – Sunday
- Dog Indeed I have been involved in more than one search with candidate visits only to find out later that the... – Sunday
- XDH Dog echoes what I know/have directly experienced as a former DH/have heard about the current environment. Ca. $1M for a... – Saturday
- Dog Ah, the details, well I don't want to that specifically without knowing direct proof, but I can do so in... – Saturday
- XDH How about we take one year of $$$ from the KC4ASI ($50M) and instead direct it to the main campus... – Friday
- uomatters Bark out some details, Dog. – Friday
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- RT @Popehat: noted campus free speech supporters https://t.co/kPM9K0zPJa, 16 hours ago
- University of Nike author to give talk at Tsunami books, Tu 7-9PM - https://t.co/Qk9NQhJYJE, Oct 18
- RT @viajoshhunt: A reminder: If you're in Portland and want to remain friends with me, you will spend Monday evening (7:30) at Powel… https://t.co/d5XEfEhfcS, Oct 17
- RT @uocas: "Here's Why We Got 'Leave it to Beaver' Instead" @smithsonian interviews prof @castabile on how the Hollywood black… https://t.co/cj24bigpPK, Oct 17
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- Just overheard outside Lillis … 10/19/2018
- University of Nike author to give talk at Tsunami books, Tu 7-9PM 10/18/2018
- Journalism prof & students challenge university’s overpaid PR flacks 10/16/2018
- Duck’s Vin Lananna sings to feds, Tracktown gets $10M for IAAF 2021 10/16/2018
- Influential UO neuroscientist Helen Neville dies 10/13/2018
- Portland Community College adopts sensible PERS reform 10/12/2018
- GC Kevin Reed’s public records office finally admits they have DeVos deal docs 10/12/2018
- Rape, academic fraud, cover-up allegations rock Duck football program 10/11/2018
- UO administration removes CO2 Divest banner from Johnson Hall bush 10/10/2018
- Faculty Club Week II 10/10/2018
- FAR Tim Gleason warns faculty about violating the NCAA cartel rules 10/08/2018
- Trump travel ban affects UO students 10/08/2018
- Econ prof who exposed athletic dept abuses sues univ over retaliation 10/05/2018
- Heavily subsidized Duck Athletic program paid $3M for body-bag games 10/04/2018
- Good news from VP for Enrollment Roger Thompson 10/03/2018
- Faculty club is opening tonight, 5-8PM 10/03/2018
- UO Senate Agenda for Oct 3 10/02/2018
- Good for Dana Altman! Federal prosecutors say Oregon, Creighton basketball programs may have paid recruits 10/02/2018
- President Schill’s “Open Mike” addresses centralization goals 10/02/2018
- Rumor down at the Faculty Club … 10/01/2018
4/7/2012: Word down here at the faculty club is that Frances Dyke and Jim Bean have left UO with $15 to $30 million in unfunded obligations. Jamie Moffitt thinks she can patch it up though. Or at least that’s what I think I’m hearing, the music’s pretty loud.
4/7/2012: I’m no law professor, or
$600 an hour union busting lawyer $600 an hour defender of faculty members’ right to negotiate individually with the administration, but it seems obvious that a key point in the formation of a UO faculty union is the definition of the term faculty. On 3/20 the UO union organizers petitioned the state ERB for a bargaining unit defined as:
“All full-time and part-time research and instructional faculty. Including tenure-track faculty, non-tenure track faculty, adjunct faculty, post-retired or emeritus faculty, library faculty and officers of research including research assistants, research associates, and postdoctoral scholars, employed by theemployer and excluding Principal Investigators with supervisory authority and faculty in the School of Law.”
And the commentator Terducken notes that:
According to Oregon Administrative Rules 115-025-0065, “Within 7 days after a public employer receives notice under OAR 115-025-0030(2) that a petition has been filed seeking certification without an election, it will submit to the Board an alphabetical list of employees in the proposed bargaining unit…” Therefore, this Excelsior list is a list provided to the ERB by the administration and is a standard step in this process.
But the Excelsior list that the UO administration provided in response to this petition includes many employees that are clearly not “faculty” in the ordinary sense of the word, but who are on the UO books as faculty. Der Alte has posted a helpful comment on this:
Current UO Constitution defines a STATUTORY FACULTY. “In this document, Statutory Faculty is defined as the body of professors consisting of the University President, tenure-related officers of instruction, career non-tenure-track officers of instruction, and officers of administration who are tenured in an academic department. Membership in the Statutory Faculty is retained during sabbatical leaves. Retired and emeriti faculty members are not members of the Statutory Faculty, whether or not they have teaching responsibilities. The University President is the President of the Statutory Faculty.”
With no disrespect, I do not think that people without an advanced degree, perhaps working in a lab or teaching PE courses in ultimate frisbee, aerobics, or yoga, count as faculty under any reasonable or customary definition of the word. Yet it seems that UO’s administration and their consulting lawyers have agreed with the union organizers that they do. They’ve also included emeriti, etc. in their list. The Rudnick letter to the ERB raises many objections, but none having to do with this basic question of what does it mean to be faculty – a question central to the union petition.
So, there is a game being played here between the administration and the union that most of us faculty do not understand and which I don’t think either side wants us to understand. But I bet some of our readers know what’s really going on. So why not tell us? It’s anonymous.
4/5/2012: From a Josephine Woolington story in the ODE on last term’s basketball fight:
“It’s not wrong to videotape us (DPS). That’s OK,” said Carolyn McDermed, acting chief of DPS. “The cellphone was seized because it contained evidence of the crime. It was pertinent to the case.”
DPS still has Said’s cellphone, and is waiting to obtain a search warrant from Eugene Police Department to look through it.
Three weeks and they are still waiting for a warrant?
From the RG. Prison time for cheating the yuppies with fake organic corn?
is not getting a lot of respect from the Oregonian’s Steve Duin.
4/3/2012: From Betsy Hammond in the Oregonian:
Teachers at Reynolds Arthur Academy in Troutdale spurred the biggest gains in individual students’ reading and math scores of any elementary charter school in the nation the past two years. For that, a national charter group soon will hand each of them and their principal bonuses of $4,000 or more.
Many teacher unions, including the one in Oregon City that turned away millions of dollars in federally funded bonuses last fall, oppose rewarding teachers for raising student test scores.
But not Reynolds Arthur Academy’s non-union teachers….
They must teach to the test like crazy. Strong incentives have problems too.
At PSU. A reader sends this, by Jennifer Schuberth, an assistant professor of religion at Portland State University:
On the question of whether a faculty union will promote more transparency and a “better” allocation of resources by the administration:
“Like many students and faculty, I have been frustrated by the administration’s lack of transparency about financial matters. For more than a year, PSU faculty and students have asked the administration to explain how a $54 million surplus will be spent and why the university, while forcing draconian cuts in the teaching budget, is building up reserves in excess of the Oregon University System’s recommendations. The administration has never given a clear answer. “
On the issue of salaries and benefits for NTTF faculty:
“With a growing deficit looming in the background, the administration claimed that faculty will need to increase productivity and capacity — i.e., increase class sizes — and that PSU will be implementing retirement incentives so that higher-paid faculty can be replaced with lower-cost alternatives. In academics, “lower cost” means adjuncts who are paid by the course, often teach huge classes and have no benefits. Many adjuncts working at PSU teach at one or two other schools and make only enough to hover around the poverty line. Some are on food stamps. This is the current administration’s vision of PSU’s future: lower-quality education and a workforce living in poverty.”
3/31/2012: A reader asks:
What should an appropriate system of retention at UO look like? What is the current policy? Should the UO adopt a preemptive retention offer policy for certain categories of faculty? Does it have one now?
Obviously more productive faculty with better outside options should get paid more. But at UO productivity doesn’t translate into pay unless you have an outside offer. In many departments you will need a written offer from a department with close to equal or better rank than UO to take to your chair and then the dean to get a raise. Typically this will get you some fraction of the outside offer – say 20% to 40%. But I’ve heard talk of cases where just going to give a talk at another school and making the right noises can pay off. It’s looking more and more like we will have a faculty union and this is presumably the sort of thing that will be part of the CBA. Any comments on current practice and on what a sensible policy would look like?
3/31/2012: Joe Nocera of the NYT has been posting a series of pieces on the NCAA cartel. The latest blows a hole in one of the favorite arguments of the AD and its Johnson Hall enablers – that college athletics should be praised for bringing African-Americans to colleges like UO:
But Richard Southall, who directs the College Sport Research Institute at the University of North Carolina — along with two colleagues, E. Woodrow Eckard of the University of Colorado-Denver and Mark Nagel at the University of South Carolina — have done rigorous studies that show the opposite. In comparing college basketball players with their true peer group — full-time college students — their data show that the athletes are 20 percent less likely to graduate than nonathletes. They also parsed the data by race: of the teams in this year’s March Madness, for instance, the black athletes are 33 percent less likely to graduate than nonathletes.
3/29/2012: I’m no economist, so I don’t like to make forecasts, but Tyler Cowen and Kevin Grier are and they’ve got an interesting piece out: What Would the End of Football Look Like?
… This slow death march could easily take 10 to 15 years. Imagine the timeline. A couple more college players — or worse, high schoolers — commit suicide with autopsies showing CTE. A jury makes a huge award of $20 million to a family. A class-action suit shapes up with real legs, the NFL keeps changing its rules, but it turns out that less than concussion levels of constant head contact still produce CTE. Technological solutions (new helmets, pads) are tried and they fail to solve the problem. Soon high schools decide it isn’t worth it. The Ivy League quits football, then California shuts down its participation, busting up the Pac-12. Then the Big Ten calls it quits, followed by the East Coast schools. Now it’s mainly a regional sport in the southeast and Texas/Oklahoma. The socioeconomic picture of a football player becomes more homogeneous: poor, weak home life, poorly educated. Ford and Chevy pull their advertising, as does IBM and eventually the beer companies.
Not to mention the rapes. Cowen’s earlier post raises the question of why watching football games increases assaults and domestic violence, while watching violent movies reduces violence. Complements and substitutes is how those economists put it. Meanwhile the Chronicle has a story on declining interest in college basketball – apparently it’s not just at Oregon:
More than 70 Division I men’s basketball programs—about one out of every five—have seen their regular-season attendance fall by 20 percent or more over the past four seasons, a Chronicle analysis has found. And while many colleges have had significant gains, the declines have left big budget holes in some athletic departments and could lead to major changes in the game.
The falloff has been particularly sharp in the Pacific-12 Conference, where fan support has dropped 14 percent since 2009. Arizona State, Washington State, and UCLA have all seen their home attendance decline by more than a third in the past four years. Arizona State, with an arena that seats over 14,000 fans, attracted an average of just 5,411 per game this season.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, historically one of the strongest basketball leagues, has had a 7-percent slide since 2009, with average attendance falling below 10,000 fans a game for the first time in recent history. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are both off by more than 2,500 spectators per game from 2009, and even Duke University has seen interest in its rabid student section wane.
They attribute the disinterest to the increase in other entertainment options.
3/25/2012: This Insidehighered.com piece starts with the recent firing of Pres Michael Hogan from UI and then moves to a good discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of closed presidential searches such as that underway at UO:
… “What all universities are trying to do is find a successor who has been someplace else as president.” Throughout the Illinois search, board members repeatedly said they were looking for someone who had held a similar role. …
The desire to secure experienced candidates drives an increased level of confidentiality in searches. Search consultants and many board members say keeping the names of candidates confidential — in many cases until a selection is made — attracts a better pool of candidates, many of whom would be reluctant to enter out of fear of backlash on their home campus.
“Sitting presidents require a degree of confidentiality that other candidates don’t,” said Susan Resneck Pierce, a former president of the University of Puget Sound who now consults with governing boards and presidents, and who has written for Inside Higher Ed. She said that seeking another presidency is viewed by boards and campuses as an effort to abandon the current institution. That can damage everything from fund raising to faculty relations, proponents of confidentiality argue. For provosts and other senior administrators, the presidency is a step up so it’s less of an issue if their names become public.
But many faculty members don’t buy that argument. By keeping searches secret, they say, boards are discounting the importance of the relationship between faculty members and presidents, which is essential to university governance.
The search underway at UO does include a fair number of faculty representatives, but the power lies with Pernsteiner.
from the University of Illinois, because of his “dictatorial managerial style”. Glad to see faculty are regaining their traditional governance power somewhere. Thanks to Margaret Soltan for the link. 3/22/2012.
3/22/2012: From Insidehighered: (link now fixed, thanks anon)
A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a former graduate student’s lawsuit alleging that the University of Oregon retaliated against her for complaining about gender discrimination in her doctoral program. Experts said the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, if upheld, could reshape the relationship between dissertation chairs and doctoral students.