More good news about UO SAIL

From the Industrial Designers Society of America website:

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University of Oregon’s Department of Product Design set SAIL in summer 2017 with a new addition to week-long programs designed to help high school students explore career paths. A product design undergraduate student in UO’s College of Design taught the next generation of designers during the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning. That included lessons on manufacturing and fabrication of consumer products; packaging; 2D and 3D computer-aided design (CAD) tools; laser cutters; 3D printers; and more.

Eric Wilks, supported by SAIL counselors, led high schoolers to design passive speakers for cell phones. They brainstormed possible designs, then chose, as a group of 20 (per week), which design to make. Wilks created a SolidWorks model. The group reviewed the model and modified if necessary. Then each high school student would print two designs, keeping one of the speakers while the other was sold in a summer pop-up shop in downtown Eugene!

… “We wanted to be a part of UO’s SAIL program because it is so well-run and has such a fantastic reputation,” says Associate Professor Kiersten Muenchinger, IDSA, head of the Department of Product Design. “We’re committed to K–12 outreach, and SAIL adds an important summer camp piece to our Unparalleled workshops and Product of Eugene mentorship programs that occur during the school year.”

Incurious Board of Trustees posts thin agenda for fun football weekend

9/8/2017: Some light live-blog below on Friday’s Board meeting. Page down for Th committee meetings. Live video here. Some highlights from today:

– President Schill gives his definition of excellence in his remarks below.

–  Biology Prof Karen Guillemin gives a fascinating talk on the importance of bacterial diversity. My takeaway is the same as Ginevra Ralph’s: Mom was wrong when she told my little brother to stop eating dirt, but the research is still inconclusive on whether he should start again at age 53.

BOARD MEETING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – 8:30 a.m. Link to materials.

0. Public comment:

– Mr. Tindahl(sp? a community member?) calls out the UO for excessive political correctness and for student discipline policies on sexual assaults that he believes encourage false claims, and challenging the claim that 20% of women students will be sexually assaulted on campus. [Personally, I believe the data. I also believe that UO is now ahead of other institutions in its response.]

1. Reports
–ASUO President Amy Schenk: Wants to focus on affordability, social justice, and a collaborative process for tuition increases. [Me: Don’t worry about the level, focus on increasing the money available for income related tuition discounts.]

–University Senate President Chris Sinclair: Focuses on the Senate agenda for this year: Repeal and replace course evaluations, start fixing Gen Ed and multicultural, work to extend the principles of the new sexual assault and harassment policy to racial harassment and discrimination, all underway with the cooperation of JH.

–Provost Jayanth Banavar: Gives a shout out to the UO staff and OA’s, without whom “there would be no show.” Advocates for transparency, when possible, a nimble flexible administration, and shared governance where everyone can be proud of the UO. Calls for “selective excellence” (hey, at least that’s got a little more substance than “excellence”). Warns about the difficulty of retaining top faculty. Argues for a balanced curriculum of sciences, arts, and social sciences, to teach the knowledge people need to be good citizens, productive, and understand the world and ourselves. Gives as examples of selective excellence the hiring of Nobel Laureate David Weinstein, the efforts of Doneka Scott and Ron Bramhall on UO student success, etc. Goals for the Provost: Institutional Hiring Plan – open and objective process for faculty searches. 62 faculty searches this year. We need to know what is excellence to do this well. Plans to learn this from talking to the current faculty. Students are paramount and their success is a priority.

Q from Ann Curry – what is UO doing to improve teaching in large intro classes? Passes to Bramhall: Lots. TEP has a new teaching academy, science classes now using many new evidence based teaching methods, Senate effort to repeal and replace broken teaching evaluation system will give faculty an incentive to teach to students, not pander to them. [OK, I added the last phrase, sorry]

Q from Schill on ALT meeting. Banavar notes he invited Senate leadership to this, a first. Lots of talk on academic entreprenurship.

–President Michael Schill: It’s been a good two years for UO, but no time to be complacent. Sees Banavar, who directs academics, as the antidote to complacency – continual questions us. Gives the board his definition of excellence [Sorry, I spaced out during this. Something about pushing our students.]

Excited about working with the Senate on academic matters as generally understood, and also Economic Diversity. Fundraising update to be announced later. [Obviously with Phil Knight’s gift it will be a lot.] UO has strongly supported DACA/Dreamers, calls notion that we would send these students back “crazy”. Notes that he rarely gives his political views and thinks statements on politics can violate the rights of the individuals who comprise it – but notes DACA is an academic matter. He’s been harassing Roger Thompson with texts about enrollment, and thinks we’ll have about 4K freshman plus 1.2K transfer students. Talks about new data science initiative.

2. Seconded Motions and Resolutions from Committee (pending Sept. 7 committee action)
–Seconded Motion from FFC: FY18 Operating and Capital Expenditure Authorizations
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Naming of New Residence Hall
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Bond Sale Authorization
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Presidential Retirement Plan Amendment (elimination of outdated
program)

All approved, discussion was in committees yesterday.

3. Research Area in Focus – META Center for Systems Biology: Karen Guillemin, Professor of Biology and META Center Director

Sorry, this is really interesting. I’m listening not blogging.

4. The Size (Population) of Campus – Considerations and Analyses: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Brad Shelton, Executive Vice Provost; and Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management

Don’t expect any informed discussion. Here’s the material our board has been given to prep for this:

In all fairness this looks to be a rehash of a discussion held back when Gottfredson was president, and presumably was just added for padding.

Update: The board material has now been updated with some slides on this, here.

From yesterday, 9/7/2017: Some light live-blog below on Thursday’s committee meetings. Live video here. Some highlights:

– UO Tribal Liaison Jason Younkers gives an understated and moving explanation for why UO’s newest dorm will be named Kalapuya Ilihi, or “The place of the Kalapuya”, in recognition of the people whose land it sits on. If I understand it right they had no name for themselves except “the people”. The other tribes called them the Kalapuya.

Here’s hoping he can also turn around the enrollment numbers:

– Nothing on the agenda about UO’s extreme lack of Economic Diversity, although trustees Ann Curry and Ginevra Ralph allude to it in some questions, and Connie Ballmer has donated a large amount of money to PathwayOregon to attempt to address it. See links to research, data, and NYT story here:

– Two and a half hours on Academic and Student Affairs, and they didn’t hear from a single professor or student. Fortunately the UO administrators in this area are now very good.

– An astonishingly brief report from Internal Audit, with no materials distributed in advance, and no significant questions. This is not due diligence. The report is now posted here, towards the end. The gist is that they’ve spent the last year working on their strategic plan, mission statement, and a vision.

– Knight Campus seems on track and well managed.

– UO Foundation CIO Jay Namyet may occasionally write some nasty emails, but he, VPFA Moffitt, and Treasurer Karen Lavear do their homework and present it well. Yes I know I’ll regret writing this next time we do union bargaining.

9/6/2017: There will be a lot going on at UO this year – some of it key to our survival as a public R1 university – but apparently our administration doesn’t think the UO trustees need to hear about it, much less discuss or vote on it. Judging by the nonsense I’ve heard from this board, they may have a point.

While board members say that they want to meet with students and faculty to learn about higher ed, this meeting as many others will be held while classes are not in session and many faculty are not on campus. But of course there will be football.

Board Chair Chuck Lillis has scheduled a few hours of committee meetings Thursday, then a brief board meeting Friday AM. Saturday will be tailgating and the Nebraska game from the President’s $350K Autzen Skybox – still paid for with student tuition and state funds?

I’m no economist, but I think the Generalized Axiom of Revealed Preference is about what people do, not about what they say. The public meetings will be in the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom. This post will be updated on the off chance anything happens to justify the cost of this meeting.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee, 10:00 a.m. – Thursday, September 7, 2017. Link to materials.

New Provost Jayanth Banavar opens with a good speech about making UO even more excellent than it currently is.

The Board is letting presumptive Faculty Trustee and Gottfredson supporter Laura Lee McIntyre sit in until she is confirmed. Her research is financially supported by a donation from at least one of the trustees, which may present some interesting potential conflicts of interest.[9/21/2017 correction: I’ve been informed by a generally reliable source that McIntyre’s research is not supported by donations from trustees.] She has of course agreed to follow Oregon law on conflicts of interest, which is not particularly strong.

1. Live on Requirement Implementation: Roger Thompson, Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management; Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing

This is sold as a retention measure, despite the endogeneity problem. The % of freshman on-campus will rise from 80% to 90%. There are a number of exemptions – notably including some athletes. Thompson and Griffel are very aware of the cost issue, and have addressed it with a budget meal plan. UO’s students – not known for economic diversity – want the fancier dorm rooms.

2. Division of Student Life Annual Report: Kevin Marbury, Interim Vice President, Student Life

From what I’ve seen Marbury, who was promoted after the abrupt departure of VP Robin Holmes, is a significant step up and seems to have cleaned up the DSL quite a bit over the past year. Good presentation.

An interesting graphic from his presentation: UO undergrads “feel comfortable” in the EMU, rec center, and Library. PLC and the Jock Box, not so much:

3. Fraternity and Sorority Life Update: Kris Winter, Dean of Students; Marcus Langford, Assistant Dean of Students

It won’t be a surprise to learn that UO’s frats are a cesspool of sexual harassment and assaults and low academic achievement (adjusting for parent SES). The DSL has had some consultants in, and has just hired Marcus Langford to clean it up and hire a new Director of FSL.

Langford argues that minority fraternities and sororities can improve retention and outcomes and wants to increase their number at UO. Notes that most fraternities and sororities at UO currently are “historically white”.

Notes that are “challenges”. Currently 4 suspended frats at UO. Talks a little about hazing. Wants to expand the office. At least some of these costs are paid by taxing the frats and sororities. Doesn’t mention the assaults.

Q from Ginevra Ralph: I haven’t heard justification for this. It’s too much about how pretty you are or what color your skin. She knows girls who’ve dropped out of college because a sorority wouldn’t let them in. Why not have affinity houses instead, based on areas of shared interests? Kris Winter responds with some pablum. Schill notes that the greeks are good alumni. Langford says greeks have slightly better grades, slightly worse retention. Lillis asks about Academic Residential Communities in the dorms. UO has a small ARC program, which indeed should be grown.

No one here has the guts to bring up the link between frats and sexual assaults, well documented in Jennifer Freyd’s UO campus climate survey, and many others.

For an amazing story about how sororities are run and what they do to their members, see this NYT story:

Imagine finding a bill for $200 in your mailbox because your daughter was late to a couple of sorority events. Imagine, too, that those who snitched were her new best friends. This is one of the unwelcome surprises of sorority membership.

Depending on the generosity of the vice president of standards, a fine can be reversed with proof of a qualifying reason, such as a funeral, doctor’s appointment or medical emergency, so long as a doctor’s note is forthcoming. A paper due or a test the next day? No excuse. (Fraternities, by the way, rarely impose even nominal fines to enforce punctuality.)

Now imagine attending mandatory weekend retreats, throwing yourself into charitable work, making gifts for your sisters and, at tradition-thick schools like the University of Alabama and University of Missouri, investing 30 to 40 hours pomping — threading tissue paper through chicken wire to create elaborate homecoming decorations or parade floats that outdo rivals’.

Trustee Ginevra Ralph has it right: repeal and replace greek life. Unfortunately UO can’t afford to do that.

4. Annual Title IX Report and New UO Reporting Policy: Darci Heroy, AVP and Title IX Coordinator

A few hours ago Betsy DeVos announced that she was re-evaluating the Obama administration’s OCR guidance on how to deal with campus sexual assaults. If anyone sees a good analysis, please send me a link.

Fortunately Darci Heroy has done an amazing job at UO since Title IX was split of from our dysfunctional AAEO office, and there’s no sign UO is going to back off its commitment to deal with the widespread problem of campus sexual assaults. She explains UO’s new student-directed reporting policy, tells the board that they are “designated reporters”, i.e. mandatory reporters for disclosures by students, while faculty and others can now have confidential discussions with (adult) students without having to tell the administration against their will.

Trustees seem impressed too, Schill heaps praise on her, notes the collaboration between JH and the Senate, and say “most of us believe this is a good policy” and we should celebrate it and the shared governance process.

5. Student Success Goals and Initiatives – Annual Update: Doneka Scott, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success; Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence

The board only scheduled two hours for this entire committee meeting, so Scott and Bramhall are a bit rushed. The upshot is that they are in the process of trying a bunch of pilot programs and evaluating them. Improving advising is one key, collaborating on “finish in 4” program. [Full disclosure: It took me 3 universities, 4 majors, and 3.5 years to graduate, not including two years in the oil fields to earn the money to pay for it.]

Bramhall presents info on high DFW science courses and their impact on retention, explains plans to give more intensive advising to students in trouble. Cautions we don’t yet have the resources to do that.

Q from Connie Ballmer: Remembers some courses as “weeder courses” that students would switch majors after failing. We’ve still got them too many students don’t switch, they drop out. College is a great investment, but only if you graduate.

Lillis asks about parents’ role, Scott talks about programs she and Introduktion are cooperating on. Bramhall explains we’re also working to keep faculty in the loop.

Ann Curry asks about problem of students no getting into classes they need. Bramhall notes we’ve done a lot to fix sequencing issues in key courses (Math’s done this well).

Allyn Ford asks about tension between wanting more low SES first gen students and wanting high retention stats. [Pathways has excellent retention numbers, but it’s notable that so many Pathway students are from the higher end of the income distribution for Pell eligibility, which can go up to $70K.)

Scott and Bramhall note that UO has a variety of programs to target these students.

Laura Lee McIntyre asks about how cuts to NTTF will affect advising. Scott: We need to impact advising with what we have, will also need new resources.

William Paustian asks about registration holds for students who are behind on payments. It turns out the hold is released when they meet with an advisor.

Executive and Audit Committee, 1:30 pm – Thursday, September 7, 2017. Link to materials.

30 minutes is enough for due diligence on all this?

1. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor

As has been customary with the UO Board of Trustees, the audit report is not available in advance. Wouldn’t want the Trustees to be informed enough to ask good questions:

And there aren’t.

Update: the report is now posted here: https://trustees.uoregon.edu/sites/trustees2.uoregon.edu/files/eac_meeting_notice_agenda_and_materials_090717_w_supp.pdf, towards the end. The gist is that they’ve spent the last year working on a strategic plan, a mission statement, and a vision.

SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

During fiscal year 17 (“FY17”), the Office of Internal Audit (“Internal Audit”) achieved many goals. These included the hiring of two internal auditors; the selection of a partner for the co-source support model; the procurement and implementation of audit management software, including coordination and collaboration with peer institutions using the same software; and evaluation of audit office policies and procedures to ensure compliance with industry standards. We continue to review the audit policies and procedures as the Institute of Internal Auditors (“IIA”) updated its International Professional Practices Framework with new, updated standards effective January 1, 2017. Most significant for the office, a strategic plan was adopted to formally outline steps that will ensure goals are obtained. During this process, the mission statement was updated, and a vision was adopted.

2. FY17 Expenditure Re-Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

VPFA Moffitt: This past year we had some unusual expenditures and accounting adjustments:




3. President’s Annual Evaluation – Report: Chuck Lillis, Chair; Ginevra Ralph, Vice Chair

President Schill is outstanding – maybe even excellent. What would really be useful would be a 360 degree evaluation of the UO Board, as the OSU Board does.

 

Finance and Facilities Committee 2:00 p.m. – Thursday, September 7, 2017. Link to materials.

1. Knight Campus – Update on Capital Project Phase I: Moira Kiltie, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff

Everything seems on track and well managed.

2. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Jay Namyet, Chief Investment Officer, UO Foundation

3. FY18 Expenditure Authorizations (Action): Jamie Moffitt

Tuition revenue fell about $8M (international students), salary expenditures also fell about $8M, partly due to NTTF layoffs, partly due to delayed hiring. $4.5M in other cuts, so basically “run rate even”. Projections for enrollment look good.

4. Bond Sale Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt; Karen Levear, Director, Treasury Operations

5. Presidential Retirement Plan Policy Amendment (elimination of outdated program) (Action):
Jamie Moffitt

6. Auxiliary Budget Review – University Housing: Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing; Allen Gidley, Sr. Associate Director, University Housing

7. Residence Hall Name – Kalapuya Ilihi Hall (Action): Michael Griffel; Jason Younker, Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations

 

UO residence hall students close second to Colorado in on-line pot buys

More good news for UO’s efforts to increase retention, as our students won’t be thinking about leaving the couch, much less Eugene. The Street has the report here:

Based on Baker’s data, the colleges ordering up the most ‘dro to their dorm rooms come from the University of Colorado, followed closely by the University of Oregon, UCLA and USC.

And yet the OLCC still won’t let me buy Laphroaig online?

Why are UO students’ health fees paying for the Duck’s Team Doctor?

9/20/2017: I don’t know. Here’s his job description, explaining that his duties are split between the Ducks Department of Athletic Medicine, and the University Health Center, followed by his salary report showing all his pay comes from the UHC, which is funded by student health fees:

But at least he’s board certified in Sports Medicine. In fact it was a requirement for the job, although his boss doesn’t have it.

9/7/2017:  Duck Director of Athletic Medicine Greg Skaggs is not board certified in Sports Medicine

The American Medical Association / ABMS website notes:

My Doctor is Board Certified. Is Yours? You want quality care for your family. That’s why choosing a Board Certified doctor is so important.

Board Certification is a voluntary process that goes above and beyond licensing requirements – it’s a commitment to continually expand knowledge in a medical specialty.

Presumably that knowledge would include concussion treatments, rhabdo, exercise during low air quality, and perhaps some CTE on medical ethics and conflicts of interest while working as a team doctor. This 2010 UO job announcement for a University Physician notes:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduate of accredited medical school
M.D. or D.O. Licensure by the Oregon Medical Board – (or license eligible)
ABMS-approved board certification in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or Pediatrics
Successful Completion of Sports Medicine Fellowship
Board Certified or Board Eligible in Sports Medicine

Dr. Skaggs’s Sports Medicine certification lapsed in 2009: https://www.theabfm.org/diplomate/find.aspx?ts=636403559

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UO lawyers want to out anonymous plaintiff in sexual misconduct case

I’m posting this for the record, I don’t pretend to understand it all. Like many universities, UO’s GCO pulls out FERPA when they want to avoid disclosing unpleasant info, for example when athletes are accused of assaults. But in this case UO’s hired attorneys are in favor of transparency and naming names.

The gist is that UO is being sued by John Doe, a student who was suspended by UO for alleged sexual misconduct with student Jane Roe. He prevailed in Lane County court on the argument that UO didn’t follow its student discipline procedures and/or that those procedures were flawed. Now it’s a federal case.

There’s something about herpes too. He wants a protective order from the court allowing him to sue UO anonymously. UO lawyers Amanda M. Walkup and Lillian Marshall-Bass have responded with this argument, which if accepted by the court will obviously make that more difficult, and discourage other such lawsuits:

On August 22, 2017, Plaintiff John Doe filed his Motion to Proceed Under Pseudonym and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (“Motion”). To the extent Plaintiff’s Motion also “seeks a protective order in aid of the Court’s ruling that would prohibit Defendants and their agents from disclosing the identities of John Doe or Jane Roe, except as may be necessary to defend this lawsuit[,]” (Motion at 2.)

Defendants respond that Plaintiff must file an appropriate motion for protective order pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(c) and Local Rule 26-4 “show[ing] with respect to each particular material or category of materials that specific prejudice or harm will result if no order is granted” (LR 26-4). Further, a protective order “that would prohibit defendants from disclosing John Doe’s or Jane Roe’s identities to third parties, except as may be necessary to defend this suit” (Motion at 10) would be overly broad to the extent it purports to restrict Defendants’ lawful disclosures of information outside the context of this lawsuit. See, e.g., 34 C.F.R. 99.31 (certain disclosures exempt from FERPA consent requirements).

The docket with links to the complaint and arguments etc is here.

And for contrast, in the unrelated federal case filed by former UO Ed School Professor Chixapkaid Donald Michael Pavel against UO, where he alleges UO didn’t follow its faculty discipline procedures regarding his employment termination for alleged sexual misconduct, and/or that those procedures were flawed, Amanda M. Walkup’s successful argument in favor of a protective order for the student is here, with the complete docket here.

There’s also Jane Doe’s successful lawsuit against Duck basketball coach Dana Altman, docket here. Her lawyers also asked for a protective order allowing her to proceed anonymously. Apparently UO lawyers on that case did not object, and federal Judge Michael McShane approved the order the next day. As I recall one of Altman’s players’ attorneys did disclose Jane Doe’s identity during their sequent lawsuit against UO, but that was quickly purged from the record, with the cooperation of UO.

Eugene smoke readings plummet, along with OBF news in Around the O

Update: I think a nephelometer measures fine particulate pollution, but I suppose these time-series data from the LRAPA website would also be consistent with recent Oregon Bach Festival complaints:

Eugene air particulates hit record 381, vs. 57 in Beijing. Eugene:

Beijing:

Yesterday’s HR letter:

Dear Colleagues,

Wildfires around the Willamette Valley and recent weather have combined to bring severe smoke to the area. Our thoughts go out to the communities, some very near Eugene and on evacuation notice, that face the greatest threats from these wildfires.

Over the last week, the university has monitored local air quality to assess impact on operations.

The UO will operate on normal schedule. However, the smoke may affect indoor air quality and HVAC systems.

People with asthma or other serious medical concerns should work directly with supervisors to find appropriate remedies. Anyone experiencing health issues in the workplace related to air quality should also notify their supervisors. Supervisors will share mitigation steps and safety precautions with employees who typically work outdoors.

Employees who are unable to report to work due to weather or personal circumstances should coordinate with their supervisors and may use accrued vacation, compensatory time, exchange time, personal leave, or leave without pay to cover the missed work time, if applicable. Use of accrued sick leave is appropriate only in the case of illness.

Local smoke has been so extreme that some UO air handling systems interpret it as a building fire. These systems are performing as designed, and shut down building air circulation. UO employees have been monitoring and adjusting the systems to compensate, and resources have been concentrated to buildings with senstive equipment, laboratories, and animals.

Anyone who hears a building alarm should evacuate immediately, even if the cause may be wildfire smoke.

For more information on real time air quality, visit the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency website.

For more information on reducing the health effects of wildfire smoke, please visit the Oregon OSHA website:  http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx

Best regards,
Nancy Resnick
Chief Human Resources Officer and Associate Vice President

President Schill reiterates UO commitment to our DACA/Dreamer students

9/4/2017: The full text of President Schill’s message here includes links to UO resources and the UO Dreamers website, here.

Members of the University of Oregon community,

President Trump this week is expected to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA. I join hundreds of university leaders as well as local, state, federal, and business leaders in strongly urging President Trump to continue this program. I also write to let our students know that we support them, and to provide information about where our students and their families can go for assistance, should the need arise.

In a world full of ambiguities, there is no ambiguity for me about the importance of continuing DACA. My view of morality dictates that young people, many of whom were brought here as infants or toddlers, must be allowed to remain in the United States to learn, work, and make a life for themselves. The United States is their home. To uproot them would be wrong. Period.

But the argument for DACA doesn’t just rest on principles of morality; it is also good for our country. One of the reasons the United States became the greatest nation in the world is because it was founded, built, and shaped by immigrants. Millions and millions of people, including all of my grandparents, risked everything to come to the United States to escape religious, ethnic, and political oppression or to seek out a better life for their children. The very act of coming here showed grit and determination, the willingness to assume risk, and courage—just the skills necessary to build our nation. …

The UO Senate resolution from last November, written by Prof. Lynn Stephens and other members of the DACA and Undocumented Students Working Group, with cooperation from the UO administration, is here. The video of the Senate meeting is here. Minutes:

4.4 Vote: US16/17-09: Declaring UO a Sanctuary Campus; Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) et al. Lynn Stephen read the motion. She thanked President Schill and Provost Coltrane for their statement on immigration earlier in the day and for working together with the Senate. She noted that over 200 local jurisdictions throughout the United States, though not Lane County, have expressed their unwillingness to help ICE enforce immigration laws.

Motion to adopt. Presented by: _______________. Second: ________________.

Craig Parsons expressed his concern about the Senate addressing issues like this one, which asks the UO to take a position on how it will deal with federal agencies. The previous resolution focused on the university’s own values, but this one requires a political stance from senators who were not elected based on their political beliefs. Jane Cramer said this resolution will make many students she knows feel safer. Chris Chavez said it is important for the university to speak up at critical moments like this.

Vote to adopt. No – 2. Yes – all other votes. Moved/Seconded/Carried.

9/4/2017: Miserable old man finds brief joy in punishing innocent children

Politico has the news on Donald Trump’s decision to repeal the Obama directive that gave temporary residency and a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, here. Congress will have 6 months to decide to reinstate it, or not.

Sept 5 downtown Eugene rally against DACA/Dreamer repeal:

By some of the same people who organized the excellent Eugene Anti-Hate march. On Facebook here.

8/14/2017 update: Peaceful Eugene Anti-Hate march from EMU to downtown

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UO communications issues RFP for excellent “Brand Awareness Study”

At first I read that as “Brain Awareness Study”, but no such luck. VP of Communication Kyle Henley is going  to commission a phone survey of 1900 random people and ask them if they think UO is excellent:

Full RFP/RFQ on the PCS website here. Apparently this is follow-up on a previous study which presumably was collected as part of the 160over90 branding fiasco which Mr. Henley and Diane Dietz killed, back in their younger days. I’d make a public records request for that, but what possible benefit would come to anyone from reading it?

What are UO’s future budget priorities and how are they changing?

The only information the administration gives to the UO Board of Trustees, here, is rudimentary data on past expenditures with no long term year-over-year comparisons. Apparently the board does not see any budget priorities plan for the future, just projections for spending for the upcoming FY.

UO’s VP for Finance and Administration’s financial reports webpage points you to the Budget and Resource Planning webpage:

Budget and Resource Planning: Some of our most sought-after financial reports (e.g., budget and expenditure reports by fiscal year) can be found on the budget and resource planning website.

Which sounds promising. However that page does not point to any plan for our future budget or for expenditure prioritization. One link does take you to detailed spreadsheets on this year’s expenditures. That hasn’t been updated since November:

The most useful info is the detailed reports showing trends in past expenditures over time by unit here – but that ends with the 2014-15 FY that closed in June 2015.

And finally there’s this link, which takes you here, or should I say nowhere:

There is an “2017-18 Institutional Hiring Plan” on the Provost’s webpage here, but it’s just for TTF faculty. Nothing on where our ever-increasing administrative expenditures will go. If there’s anything solid on the new-new budget model I can’t find it – post a comment if you can find it somewhere.

In response to a public records request from the Emerald, the provost’s office did eventually release the proposals departments submitted, and I’ve posted them here.

UO Trustees schedule their fall meeting for a football game weekend with no students or faculty, while OSU Trustees do their due diligence

The OSU Board of Trustees finance committee is meeting in two weeks to prepare for their full set of Board meetings Oct 18-20 – when their students are actually on campus. You can find all their public meetings notices, agendas, and minutes from their many substantive meetings (10 so far this year) here: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/public-meeting-notices

Meanwhile the UO Board of Trustees and its committees typically meet only 4 times a year (maybe one or two extra for the audit committee to approve coaches contracts). Committee meetings are often only 30 minutes.  Their next meeting is scheduled Sept 7-8. UO faculty aren’t on contract until Sept 15, and classes don’t start until Sept 25th, but that’s not important compared to the big home game against Nebraska, conveniently scheduled for 1:30PM on the 9th. And people wonder what our Board’s priorities are? Go Ducks!

In contrast, the OSU Trustees are willing to show up in Corvallis when they can meet with faculty and students, without a football game to distract them.