Rob Mullens fires Pat Kilkenny’s friend from Duck coach job

Former Duck AD and booster Pat Kilkenny hired baseball coach Greg Horton back in 2010, and he is now 100% behind renewing his good friend’s $600K a year contract, despite the millions Horton has lost for UO. Kenny Jacoby has the red ink in the Emerald:

Steve Mims has the quotes in the RG:

Pat Kilkenny sat in his press-box suite as Oregon’s season ended with a 10-1 loss to UCLA on Saturday afternoon at PK Park and then he visited Horton on the field after the game.

“He gets it, he’s supportive and he’s become a good friend,” Horton said. “Nothing but support from that guy.”

Horton’s contract expires in September, and athletic director Rob Mullens has declined to comment on his status. Kilkenny told The Register-Guard he is “100 percent” behind bringing back the coach.

“People like myself always get opportunities to chime in,” said Kilkenny, one of the namesakes of the ballpark who was the athletic director that brought baseball back to Oregon in 2009 and hired Horton as the coach.

“… They need to be diligent about how they spend money because they need to get it right. Otherwise, they’re going to lose their jobs. I have no doubt they’ll be fair and reasonable.”

Yes, Kilkenny’s 100% behind Horton. Of course Kilkenny also said UO would make millions from baseball. And while Rob Mullens hasn’t fired Horton yet, it wouldn’t be the first time he fired one of Kilkenny’s friends – after they’d cost UO millions, of course:

3/24/2014: Rob Mullens boots Kilkenny buddy Westhead

AD Rob Mullens won’t renew the contract of Pat Kilkenny buddy and women’s basketball coach Paul Westhead. We’ve been paying him $650K – and his contract let him live in LA half the year:

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Will his replacement be a man or a woman? Andy Greif has some guesses in the Oregonian, here. For an interesting story on women (and race) in college sports, try this recent NYT piece:

“But in the grand scheme of things, Caucasian girls have benefited disproportionately well, especially suburban girls and wealthy Caucasian girls.”…

An unexpected consequence of Title IX is that since the legislation was passed in 1972, the percentage of female head coaches has decreased and the percentage of men coaching women’s teams has increased, especially in basketball and soccer. According to studies by Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta, the percentage of women coaching women’s teams at the intercollegiate level fell to 44 percent in 2010 from 90 percent in 1972. But even here, African-American women have lost ground.

And here’s a really interesting ESPN story on what happened to Oregon’s winningest women’s coach, Jody Runge – my recollection is that we paid her about $85K:

Says one former player, Shaquala Williams: “She’s a strong woman who didn’t take a backseat to anyone. That didn’t always sit well with the male-dominated administration.” (Moos, now the AD at Washington State, declined comment for this story, as did other key administrators from Runge’s tenure.)

Runge left Oregon believing she had a future in the game. She didn’t yet realize she’d been branded, twice over. She had not only been essentially fired, she had also developed a reputation for, as she puts it, “always wanting something.”

Chronicle of Higher Ed posts positive story about UO, Freyd gets award

This may be a first. Past Chronicle stories about UO have focused on such negatives as Bob Berdhahl’s double dipping, Richard Lariviere’s firing, Mike Gottfredson’s efforts to subvert academic freedom, Randy Geller’s attempt to convince the Trustees to destroy the UO Senate, the hilariously over the top Duck athletic spending, and our current GC’s efforts to get my emails with reporters about freedom of speech.

But today’s report on UO is more positive. It’s about the efforts of the UO Senate – led by professors Jennifer Freyd (Psychology) and Merle Weiner (Law) – to reform the UO administration’s “mandatory reporting” policy. The Chronicle story suggests that UO’s solution may provide a workable alternative to the mandatory reporting mandate that Title IX compliance consultants have been pushing, and one which other universities might adopt:

Brett A. Sokolow, a Title IX legal expert whose Ncherm Group advises colleges on a variety of risks, said that if other universities look to model their approaches after Oregon, “it will touch off greater rebellion against mandated reporting by faculty on many campuses, for better or worse.”

But don’t cry for Mr. Sokolow, I’m sure he’ll soon figure out a way to make money from universities wanting to adopt UO’s policy, just as he did with mandatory reporting.

Meanwhile, the UO Senate voted yesterday to give Professor Freyd its highest award for university service. Today’s story from the Chronicle is here – probably gated if you’re off campus. Some more extracts:

University lawyers had argued that a sweeping mandatory-reporting approach was necessary to comply with Title IX and to ensure that sexual-misconduct cases weren’t ignored.

Since then, campus officials have become persuaded, largely by research conducted at the university, that requiring faculty members to violate confidence makes students more reluctant to confide in them.

“It sounds counterintuitive, but eliminating mandatory reporting actually encourages more reporting,” said Missy Matella, an assistant general counsel at Oregon who worked with the task force.

The new policy, which its drafters refer to as “mandatory supporting” rather than “mandatory reporting,” will divide Oregon’s faculty and staff members into three groups:

“Designated reporters” must report an offense to the university’s Title IX coordinator under any circumstances. These include high-level and supervisory employees, including the president, vice presidents, deans and athletic directors. Resident advisers and campus police officers also fall into this category.

“Student-directed employees” will report potential misconduct if the student wants them to. These include most faculty and staff employees as well as student workers. They must help students report to the institution if they choose to. Otherwise, they will be required to provide information about support services and reporting options. They also must consult with a “confidential employee” to be sure they’ve covered all their bases to help the student.

“Confidential employees” will report if the students wishes, but they’ll have an added level of confidentiality. People in this group, which includes campus health and crisis counselors, are also required to provide reporting students with information about available help.


UO Pathway program delivers better grad rates for low income students

And thanks to the HECC’s recent change of heart on tuition increases, we won’t have to cut this program.

In yellow, you can see that the 4-year graduation rate for Pell eligible (i.e. low income, often minority/first generation) UO undergrads has gone from 36.8% for the 2003 cohort to 47.1% for the 2012 cohort. That means these students are graduating sooner and getting jobs sooner. UO’s Pathway program tops off these students Pell grants with tuition discounts, and it gives them a comprehensive advising program to help them graduate on time.

Yes 47.1% is not perfect – but it shouldn’t be. UO wants to accept and graduate students who are on the margin – not just ones who will graduate and succeed regardless.

And in orange, you can see that UO is also doing a better job graduating our richer students more quickly. Which is also nice. And yes, some of these trends are the result of rational responses by our students to the improving job market. Which is why I’m showing you the diff in diff.

HECC do-over yields 7-1 vote in favor of UO tuition increase.

It’s official:

Dear University of Oregon community members,

Today the Higher Education Coordinating Commission reconsidered and approved the University of Oregon’s resident undergraduate tuition plan for the 2017-18 academic year. This decision allows the university to move forward with certainty and a well-thought-out plan for managing our finances.

I am extremely grateful to the commissioners for reversing their initial decision on our tuition plan. We appreciate that they were willing to reassess information about our tuition-setting process, our engagement with students and other campus stakeholders, and the untenable cuts to programs and student services we would have had to make without this source of funding. I am already actively working to improve these outreach and collaboration processes with various campus constituencies for next year, although we hope not to be faced with the same financial choices as this year.

As I have said many times, no one wants to increase tuition. The unfortunate fact is that decades of declining state support, coupled with increased expenses, has left us with very little choice. Even with the HECC’s approval of our plan, we have many difficult decisions ahead. The university has already identified $4.5 million in cuts, and an ad hoc advisory budget committee will be identifying another approximately $4 million in reductions or new revenue sources to close our funding gap.

I want to thank the many people who participated in this tuition setting process. These are challenging financial times for the university and the state. But we cannot be deterred. These constraints challenge us to find better ways to meet our educational mission and deliver outstanding student experiences. We must focus and think strategically about our priorities, and ensure that we efficiently and carefully spend every precious dollar we receive from students and their families, tax payers, and our donors.

We are up to the challenge, and I remain ever focused on making the University of Oregon the very best it can be.


Michael Schill
President and Professor of Law

May 25 update: From the RG’s facebook page:

I think PSU passed unanimously, and UO was 7-1. The opposing HECC member seemed to be concerned about a perceived lack of racial and ethnic diversity at UO.

May 15 2017: OSU reveals UO’s next steps on OSA/HECC’s rejection of tuition increase

Here’s the latest from UO’s government and community relation’s office, courtesy of “Around the O”:

Cute, but not very informative and way out-of-date. If you’re looking for substance on what UO will do next, try OSU:

From: “Mills, Jock” <>
Subject: [Government_Relations_Update] May Salem Update
Date: May 15, 2017 at 4:28:05 PM PDT
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… Last week, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) approved requests for resident, undergraduate tuition increases above 5% for Western Oregon University, Oregon Tech, and Southern Oregon University. HECC did not approve requests from Portland State University and the University of Oregon. Those universities are in conversation with HECC staff and the Commission about reconsidering the votes by which HECC denied those requests. If at least five of the voting Commissioners agree to provide approval, the HECC will convene a meeting within the next two weeks to reconsider the votes. The Oregon Student Association (OSA) had a strong presence at the HECC meeting and disrupted the meeting briefly during Commission deliberations. OSA has signaled that it would continue to oppose requests for tuition increases but that their focus will generally shift to the Legislature and the need for increased revenue. To that end, OSA is planning on phone banking on May 17 and holding lobby days on May 24 and June 6 with SEIU and other partners. …

Full report below the break:

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Legislature closes in on Nike friendly tax hike

The RG’s Saul Hubbard has the report here:

The push for a new gross receipts tax received a momentum boost this week when a group of businesses, for the first time, publicly expressed some level of support for the effort.

That coalition, which includes heavyweight Ore­gon companies such as Nike and Intel, as well as Comcast NBC Universal, Genentech and technology firms, said in a prepared statement that it supports “forging a path toward greater stability in the state budget” and is “committed” to working with Hass and Kotek.

Pres Schill signs Senate’s sexual harassment and violence reporting policy

Just in time for tomorrow’s Senate meeting. The final draft is here and the signed copy should be on the policy website soon. It takes effect in September.

Mandatory reporting is increasingly under attack. UO’s new policy, which requires faculty to respect student wishes rather than report what they say to the administration, will likely serve as a national model for an alternative to the mandatory reporting requirements for all faculty and employees that the Senate rejected last year.

Here’s the latest in the AAUP’s Academe:

Trouble with Title IX: Mandatory reporting, Title IX profiteers and administrators, and academic governance.

By Sine Anahita

… The administrative command that made all workers mandatory reporters poses many problems. Some involve students, while others center on the process by which the policy came about, lack of shared governance chief among those.

First, students have privacy rights. Privacy is a constitutional right, not a “special privilege.” Students should not have to forfeit this constitutional right when they enroll at my university. What students write in their papers and other assignments and what they say in conversations is protected by privacy rights.

Second, students, like faculty, have academic freedom. They have the right to apply course concepts to their own personal experience through class discussions and written or oral assignments, and they should not have to fear being reported to a campus authority. They should not have to censor themselves in order to avoid being reported. The issue of academic freedom works another way as well. Faculty like me who are mandatory reporters no longer feel that we have the academic freedom to teach about or to discuss sexual misconduct with our students.

Third, students have the right to confidential conversations. In a free nation, students should be able to discuss personal issues with others, free from the fear of being reported to campus authorities. Certainly all of us must report illegal, dangerous, or threatening behavior. But being a victim, being a survivor, is not illegal behavior and should not be reported to campus authorities without the survivor’s consent. …

And here’s the official announcement on UO’s new policy, emphasis added.

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that the University of Oregon is implementing a new policy related to the reporting responsibilities of UO employees who learn of an incident in which a student has experienced sex- or gender-based discrimination, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, harassment or bullying, and stalking (referred to below in simplified terms as “sexual harassment”). The policy will take effect September 15, 2017.

A responsible reporting work group made up of faculty and staff members, students, administrators, and me spent more than eight months reviewing the existing responsible reporting policy and revising it, with consideration for current evidence-based research and input from diverse stakeholders across campus and in the community. The new policy is designed to increase both campus safety and confidence in our institutional response by encouraging even more students to seek support, receive services, and report sexual harassment. It accomplishes this by demonstrating our resolve to protect victims and survivors as much as possible by allowing them to choose when, if, and how to take advantage of the comprehensive and compassionate resources that we offer.

The new policy requires all employees who receive reports of a student experiencing sexual harassment to respond with compassion and kindness, actively listen to the student’s report, and be sensitive to the student’s needs. Once implemented, the new policy will change many employees’ obligation related to reporting that information, which currently requires almost all employees to report to the Title IX coordinator. The new policy creates three categories of employee reporting obligations:

Designated reporters:

  • Required to report information to the Title IX coordinator
  • Includes high-level and supervisory employees such as the president, vice presidents, deans, and athletic directors as well as employees tasked with responding to incidents of sexual harassment and violence such as the director of student conduct, Title IX appeals officers, resident advisors, and UO Police Department officers

Student-directed employees:

  • Required to provide reporting students with information regarding all available campus resources and reporting options
  • Required to consult with a confidential employee (see below) to ensure the employee is supported and has all information necessary to help the student, and to assess any risks
  • If the student wants to make a report to the institution, employees must assist the student in reporting information to the Title IX coordinator or report for the student as requested
  • Includes most faculty members, student-employees, SEIU employees, and officers of administration

Confidential employees:

  • Required to provide reporting students with information regarding all available campus resources and the student’s reporting options
  • Includes most employees on campus with a legal privilege such as health professionals working the university health and counseling centers, advocates working in the university’s crisis intervention and sexual violence support services center, and the ombudsperson

President Michael Schill signed the new policy with an effective date of September 15, 2017, which will give us time to fully implement the new policy and coordinate the policy launch with the roll out of Callisto, a new online Title IX reporting system. In the coming months, the staff members in the Title IX office, human resources, student life, student services, and communications offices will update websites and publications, beta-test Callisto, create new faculty and staff training programs, and communicate with campus stakeholders. I am assembling a cross-functional implementation team to begin planning for and to execute the launch of both initiatives prior to the beginning of the fall academic year.

In the meantime, the UO’s commitment and obligation to provide support and services to students who’ve experienced any form of sexual harassment remains unchanged. If you or someone you know learns of a student experiencing sexual harassment, please encourage them to learn about the support and resources that are available to them by calling 541-346-SAFE, visiting, or visiting the UO Counseling and Testing Center.

If you have questions, please contact my office.

Darci Heroy
Vice President and Title IX Coordinator
106 Johnson Hall
1098 E. 13th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97403-5221
Telephone: 541-346-8136


Three AAEO Director candidates to give public talks this week

NOTE: Candidate #1 has withdrawn and the Monday sessions are cancelled:

Campus Visits and Public Presentations

Candidates for the AAEO Director position are scheduled for onsite interviews.  The campus community is invited to attend the public presentation of each candidate on the dates provided below.

Presentation Topic: Building and maintaining campus trust in an AAEO office in an ever changing legal landscape

NOTE: This candidate has withdrawn and these sessions are cancelled:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Candidate 1: Gayla D. Thomas-Dabney
Cover letter
Feedback survey to be posted following presentation.

Public Presentation:
May 22 @ 1:30-2:30pm
Knight Library Browsing Room

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Candidate 2: Roberto A. Sanabria
Cover letter
Feedback survey to be posted following presentation.

Public Presentation:
May 23 @ 1:30-2:30pm
EMU 145, Crater Lake South

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Candidate 3: Henry T. Evans
Cover letter
Feedback survey to be posted following presentation.

Public Presentation:
May 24 @ 1:30-2:30pm
Ford Alumni Center Ballroom

DEADLINE: Friday is last day to vote in UO elections


Spring 2017 Senate and Committee Elections are open!

Please login to your Duckweb account to access the ballot.

You will see candidate options based on your rank/classification, i.e. tenure-track teaching faculty in College of Arts & Sciences-Natural Sciences, Officer of Administration, Classified Staff and so on.

The list of candidates is here:

The election closes Friday, May 19, 2017 at 5 P.M.

Office of Equity and Inclusion searching for buzzword consultant

Nice to know that, after laying off 100 faculty, UO now has money to burn on a consulting firm to help with “executive trustbuilding”, “change management”, “active learning skills including paraphrasing” (that’s a direct quote) and “harnessing the power of culture to optimize outcomes“. $25K, or enough to pay for 4 Pathways scholarships. And it’s renewable: