Theodore and Dorothy Schultz scholarships

2/11/2012: My own HS transcript was a bimodal mix of A’s and D’s. So there’s something about the terms of this new scholarship that I really like. From Diane Dietz in the RG:

Their scholarship is set up to help students — one from each high school in Eugene — with middling grade-point averages of 2.5 to 3.5, who wouldn’t have an opportunity for a merit scholarship.

The scholarship is meant to assist during the freshman year. The scholarship will provide from $3,000 to $4,000 that year to each of the nine students, who will be chosen by a committee, based on their commitment to their goals, their overcoming of obstacles, their leadership and contribution and their knowledge and creativity.

“The old belief that scholarships are for the very smartest kids is really erroneous,” Green said. “There’s all kinds of scholarships.”

Dorothy Schultz died at age 95 in January 2011, according to her obituary in The Register-Guard. Her husband, Theodore “Ted” Schultz, died in December 1991.

The couple was married in Westfir near the end of the Great Depression. They owned a grocery store in Vaughn, which is west of Veneta, and she was part owner of the Crosstown Tavern in Eugene.

I think I’d say it a little differently – there are plenty of smart kids that don’t get good grades in HS, but should be in college anyway.

Income matters more than race

2/9/2012: From the NYT:

“We have moved from a society in the 1950s and 1960s, in which race was more consequential than family income, to one today in which family income appears more determinative of educational success than race,” said Sean F. Reardon, a Stanford University sociologist. Professor Reardon is the author of a study that found that the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students had grown by about 40 percent since the 1960s, and is now double the testing gap between blacks and whites.

Because race now matters less, or because income matters more? From the figure on left, both. But count on economists to make it more complicated:

James J. Heckman, an economist at the University of Chicago, argues that parenting matters as much as, if not more than, income in forming a child’s cognitive ability and personality, particularly in the years before children start school.

“Early life conditions and how children are stimulated play a very important role,” he said. “The danger is we will revert back to the mindset of the war on poverty, when poverty was just a matter of income, and giving families more would improve the prospects of their children. If people conclude that, it’s a mistake.”

UO matters to Oregon’s international trade

Updated: Comprehensive 2011 report on international students at UO available here. Thanks, reader.

2/9/2012: This year UO will have 2017 international students. They pay $27,853 each in regular session tuition and fees, plus say another $20,000 for housing, travel, summer, etc. Some are GTF’s, so let’s round both numbers down a little and say 2000 students at $45,000 per. That’s $90 million Oregon receives, for exports of services to the student’s home countries, mostly China.

Is that a lot? Well, in 2010 Oregon earned a total of $491 million from wood product exports. Wood exports are up this year – also mostly to China – and the number of international students is also growing quickly.

Bottom line, UO is bringing significant and growing amounts of money to the Oregon economy from exporting our AAU quality college educations. Plus we are using the revenue to subsidize degrees for Oregon residents. These are smart students and their careers will connect them and Oregon to the global economy. Demand is high and this looks like a sustainable long range plan for UO – particularly if we stay in the AAU!

UO versus the rest of OUS:

2/8/2012: Berdahl’s handout from the city club debate. UO gets half as much per “fundable student” (which apparently means in-state student) as OSU. This does not adjust for the fact their students are in more expensive programs, OSU has extension responsibilities. We do not seem to be giving huge subsidies to WOU, EOU, SOU. (Some, but these are small schools.) UO’s cost to students is high, but our cost for the lowest income students is the second lowest. Our graduation rate is the highest. If the state starts some sort of performance compact, we have nothing to fear.

Pres search forums Wed

CAMPUS FORUMS: PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH Wednesday, February 8, 2012   *3 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom Hosted by the University Senate All members of the university community and public are welcome and encouraged to participate. ROBERT BERDAHL, Interim University President will address the university community regarding the presidential search and other important university matters. He will receive questions and comments from the audience. GEORGE PERNSTEINER, Chancellor, and ALLYN FORD, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, will introduce representatives from the search firm, Diversified Search. Then, they will discuss the qualities and attributes that are being sought in the new UO President. Comments and questions will be received from the audience. *7 p.m. in the EMU Fir Room Student-focused session with Chancellor Pernsteiner, Allyn Ford and representatives from the search firm, Diversified Search.

SUNY faculty union drops AAUP

2/6/2012: Scott Jaschik in

The resolution pushing for disaffiliation set out a number of criticisms of the AAUP, saying that it had “not addressed the concerns of our professionals,” had “failed to coordinate government relations” efforts, had failed to always recognize UUP’s status in collective bargaining at SUNY, had been too slow to fix communications and elections problems, and had provided “no return” on UUP funds sent to the AAUP. According to the resolution, spending by the SUNY union on the AAUP was $190,000 this fiscal year, and more than $1.5 million since the affiliation agreement was made.

A year ago, the UUP Delegate Assembly rejected a proposal to drop the AAUP affiliation. That vote was 154 to 78.

One of the grievances noted in this year’s resolution was not present last year. The resolution says that “with the departure of Gary Rhoades as general secretary, UUP holds little or no hope that it can have a meaningful and integral relationship with AAUP.”

Rhoades’s contract was not renewed when it expired last year, and word of his impending departure leaked about two months after last year’s vote by the UUP. While AAUP leaders and Rhoades have both shied away from describing the reasons why his contract wasn’t renewed, many say that Rhoades was much more popular with campus leaders than with the staff of the AAUP headquarters.

Remain calm, all is well


Dear colleagues,

A few months ago I could not have imagined being in this position, and I continue to marvel at life’s twists and turns. I want to take this opportunity to convey my appreciation for the kind welcome and support I have received. As I’ve said, I am not pleased with the circumstances that created the interim presidency, but it is good to be back at this university that was and continues to be an important part of my life and career.

There is much I could say, and for those who would like to read the longer comments I made to the UO Senate a few weeks ago, they are available here. For now I simply want to reiterate the short list of priorities I will concentrate on in this interim period.

1) Faculty recruitment and retention. It is essential that we recruit and retain the very best faculty we possibly can. Excellence begets excellence. Because of good financial management and a successful model for growing revenue, despite poor state support, the UO is relatively unique in its capacity to add faculty to its ranks over the course of this academic year. Few public universities are able to do this in this fiscal environment.

2) Presidential search. I have known reasonably well or worked in some fashion with six UO presidents. The next president has tall shoulders upon which to stand. Although morale has been damaged by the Board’s decision to terminate President Lariviere, it is generally high because of the momentum, the hope and expectation of the future which he generated. We must recruit a strong, visionary, effective leader, and I hope to play an active role in that process.

3) Capital campaign. One of my tasks as a presidential consultant this fall was to help in planning for the upcoming capital campaign. I met with all the deans and a number of faculty. The institution has many committed alumni and donors. We must clearly and passionately articulate our vision for the future—a vision that our friends and supporters can champion.

4) Independence in governance. The final imperative upon which the others depend, is to advance the project of gaining an independent governing board for the UO. This is essential to the future of the institution. While the UO must remain dedicated to its public mission, it must also have the freedom to act in ways that are constrained by the current governance structure. This is essential if we are to successfully recruit outstanding faculty. And this is essential if we are to be able to spend the university’s resources to best support our people and our mission.

There are, of course, many other challenges and opportunities the next president must address. In the meantime, I know that you are educating and caring for our students and keeping the institution running. I am counting on you to continue your great work through this interim period, just as you can count on me to do everything I can to give the next president a running start. The possibilities for excellence are great. Which is exactly why I am happy to be back here with you.

Warm regards,


Robert M. Berdahl
Interim President
University of Oregon

Replace tuition with an income tax

2/2/2012: That’s the intriguing proposal from some UC students. Eliminate tuition and replace it with a post-graduation income tax. Proposal here, Insidehighered story here:

Student Proposal In Brief:

  • UC students would pay no tuition up front to attend a UC campus.
  • UC students would agree to pay 5 percent of their income for 20 years of employment after graduation.
  • Payments would only be collected while students were working, not while students attended graduate school or were unemployed.
  • Percentage reductions would be granted to students who transfer into the system, enter public service fields, and/or stay in the state.

Australia and England have similar plans in place.

UO Provost’s team of expert special assistants

2/1/2012: I didn’t believe this tip til I checked it out: Lorraine Davis’s “special assistants” now include John Moseley, Frances Dyke, and Don Harris. (Jim Bean is not listed.)

And you are wondering why there is no money to pay for start-up for the science hires? Full org chart here dated 2/1/2012. (link fixed, thanks). John Moseley is still on the payroll? Unbelievable.

Change in Information Services leadership

2/1/2012: Change in Information Services leadership

Following much consultation and deliberation, I have decided to make a change in leadership in the University of Oregon’s Information Services (IS) operation.  Effective February 1, Susan Hilton and Tony Saxman will assume the roles of co-senior directors for the unit on an interim basis while we conduct a national search for a new Chief Information Officer. 

Information Services is comprised of Enterprise Initiatives, Enterprise Administrative Applications, Academic Services, Network and Telecommunication Services, the Advanced Network Technology Center, Systems and Operations, and the management of NERO (Network for Education and Research in Oregon).  Tony and Susan will assume the shared responsibility of broader leadership of the entire operation of Information Services while continuing their specific oversight of Enterprise Initiatives, Network and Telecommunication Services and the Enterprise Administrative Applications team respectively.   The two have extensive experience running information technology operations and together will build on the recent successes of the Information Services unit.

Don Harris will transition from his role as Chief Information Officer and will be responsible for special projects in the Office of the Provost for the next year.

Please join me in thanking Don for his service and welcoming Susan and Tony into their new interim roles.

Lorraine Davis
Senior Vice President and Provost