Former OUS Chancellor George Pernsteiner leaves SHEEO for Bridgepoint Education Inc.

Bridgepoint’s stock is way up since the Trump election and his appointment of Betsy DeVos, who is busy gutting the Obama administration’s crackdown on exploitative for-profit universities. Bridgepoint owns Ashford University and the University of the Rockies.

And it looks like easy money:

Appointment of George Pernsteiner as Director

On July 10, 2017, the Board, upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board, elected George Pernsteiner to the Board, effective as of August 1, 2017. Mr. Pernsteiner will serve as a Class I director, with a term expiring at the annual meeting of stockholders to be held in 2019. Mr. Pernsteiner will serve on the Compensation Committee of the Board. In addition, the Board determined that Mr. Pernsteiner qualifies as independent under the rules of the NYSE.

Mr. Pernsteiner, age 69, has over 28 years of experience serving in several leadership posts in the post-secondary education system. Mr. Pernsteiner has been the President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, which represents chancellors and commissioners of higher education from every state, from September 2013 until the present, and has announced his retirement as President effective as of August 1, 2017. Previously, Mr. Pernsteiner served as Chancellor of the Oregon University System from July 2004 through May 2013. Mr. Pernsteiner has a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University and an MPA from the University of Washington in Public Administration.

In connection with his appointment to the Board and in accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation program, Mr. Pernsteiner will receive a base annual retainer of $45,000 for service on the Board. In addition, Mr. Pernsteiner is eligible to receive a stock option under the Company’s Amended and Restated 2009 Stock Incentive Plan, as amended, exercisable for a number of shares of Company common stock equal to the quotient of (a) $85,000, divided by (b) the Black-Scholes value of an option to purchase one share of Company common stock, with an exercise price equal to the closing price of Company common stock on the NYSE on the date of grant. Mr. Pernsteiner may be eligible for additional stock option and restricted stock unit awards that may be granted to the Company’s non-employee directors from time to time in the discretion of the Board and the Compensation Committee of the Board.

Pi Kappa Phi frat boy gets 16 months for sexual assault

In the RG here. He’s been accused before, but the first survivor didn’t want to take him to court. The second one?

“If I don’t hold you accountable for your actions, who will?” the woman wrote in the statement, in comments directed toward Wood.

He pled guilty to sexual assault after the DA agreed to drop the strangulation charge, and was sentenced to 16 months.

Faculty union, administration negotiating for 2% raises for 1, 2 years

The current contract expires next summer, so bargaining would normally start in December. Faculty will get 0.75% across the board (ATB) and 2.25% merit pool raises in January 2018. This proposal is for a contract extension and 2% raises in 2019 and again in 2020. These would be part COLA or ATB, and part equity – which is a tough word to define.

During the last bargaining session the administration flip-flopped between raises for internal equity, external equity, and gender/racial equity. At one point they refused to talk about external equity. Then they refused to talk about gender/racial equity. Then they agreed to a working group on gender/racial equity, but not external equity. They’re currently in the process of hiring a consulting firm to study that.

Speaking of which – where are the bids? Three weeks and no reply to this simple public records request?

From: Bill Harbaugh <>
Subject: PR request Salary Equity proposals
Date: June 18, 2017 at 10:25:52 PM PDT
To: Lisa Thornton <>

Dear Ms Thornton –

This is a public records request for a copy of all bids submitted in response to:

RFP to Conduct Salary Equity Study for the University of Oregon Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Ranks,
UO General / Budget Control – 900100
UO Central Budget – 950001
PCS Administration – 431150


I ask for a fee-waiver on the basis of public interest.


Bill Harbaugh

Here’s today’s letter from UAUO Pres Michael Dreiling regarding the contract extension:

Possible Collective Bargaining Agreement Extension

As the Spring term was coming to a close, I had a conversation with President Schill about the possibility of extending our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) by a year or two. The central idea was that we would come to an agreement about a new raise package for those years and leave the rest of the CBA in place until we could bargain a full Agreement.

I talked this idea over with our Executive Council and we all agreed it made sense to explore this idea with the UO administration. There were several factors that contributed to our thinking, but the main one concerned the unstable and uncertain budgeting future at the UO. We reasoned that locking in positive salary gains now, with no reductions to benefits, was something worth considering.

Dave Cecil and I have met with President Schill and VP Bill Brady twice now and we have the outlines of a proposal. Essentially, we’d be looking at a 2.0% raise in January 2019 and January 2020. In each year, the 2.0% would be divided between a COLA raise for all faculty and an equity raise for faculty who are entitled to one. We are still working out the details with the administration on how best to distribute equity money, but we are insisting on a mix of gender and diversity equity adjustments, adjustments based on our external comparators, and inversion/compression adjustments.

Agreeing to a two-year contract extension would delay bargaining for many needed non-salary improvements to the CBA. This concern weighs on our minds. The EC thought, however, that we will be in a better position to bargain with our new Provost after we have had a chance to build a relationship with him, and he has had a chance to acclimate himself to the university. We are confident that over the course of the next two years, he will learn that our concerns are shared by a great many people at UO, and he will want to work with us to solve them.

There is nothing final about any of our discussions, and I wanted to include you in the conversation as soon as was practicable. I welcome your feedback about this idea. Any agreement we reach with the UO will have to be ratified by the membership, so look for your opportunity to vote. We hope to have a proposal for you to vote on later in the summer.

In solidarity,
Michael Dreiling
UA President

Goats scab and take union jobs at U Mich

The highlight of the 2013 UAUO faculty union bargaining was when the administration made us a “take it or leave it” offer that included a one-time $350 lump-sum payment, which Sharon Rudnick and Tim Gleason thought would be irresistible to our underpaid adjuncts and split the union.

I checked craigslist and blogged that you could buy a goat for $350 (a nice one) and this became the running joke for bargaining – Rudnick had to threaten to close the sessions if a certain professor didn’t stop playing goat noises on his cell phone. You know who you are. Shameful.

David Cecil and Mike Mauer pretended they didn’t understand take it or leave it, and went on bargaining for another month, getting us another percent or so. Then they took the goat too. The union celebrated with a goat roast:

But it turns out not all university unions love their goats. Inside Higher Ed reports:

Goats. They’re cute, they’re used in yoga classes, they’re … taking union jobs?

That last charge is being leveled by a labor union against Western Michigan University. The institution recently brought in goats to clear overgrown brush and weeds from a wooded 16-acre lot, according to local media. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1668, however, says that the university’s use of goats violates the union’s labor agreement with Western Michigan.

The union has a contract to cut the grass at Western Michigan. While the goats aren’t being used to trim the grass, their use wasn’t discussed with the union ahead of time, and the union says they’re taking jobs that could have gone to Local’1668. …

Johnson Hall to get new parking lot with no wide spots for prof’s El Camino

It’s been awhile since this university has had a good parking scandal. I think the most recent was over free Jock Box parking for Rob Mullens, Vin Lananna and Lorraine Davis, and before that the Knight Arena underground garage. This pales in comparison – though the campus’s El Camino drivers might ask why their parking fees will subsidize parking for our well-paid administrators and their compact cars.*

* Full disclosure: Actually I walk to campus.

Oregon buys more trees, less education

I’m no economist, but I think they’d call this a violation of the law of diminishing marginal utility:

The Elliott Forest package, part of Gov. Kate Brown’s effort to keep the forest under state ownership, drew the ire of local legislators. Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, said he wasn’t happy about it.

“Quite honestly, it’s a gift to the environmental community, who would prefer we never cut another tree,” Kruse said.

He also said adding in the $100 million in bonds meant taking away bond dollars from universities and community colleges, including UCC, whose share for its Industrial Arts Building dropped from a requested $10 million to $8.1 million.

The Elliott Forest had been up for sale until Brown introduced her most recent plan to keep it under public ownership. Lone Rock Resources and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians had offered $220.8 million for it. The land was originally set aside to generate timber revenues for the Common School Fund.

Rep. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, said it made no sense to sell bonds to pay for land the state already owns.

“That’s the single dumbest thing we could do,” he said.

New Provost Jayanth Banavar appoints Scott Pratt to run Ac Affairs

Dear friends,

I am writing to introduce myself as the University of Oregon’s new provost and senior vice president. As you may know, President Michael Schill asked me in February to join this outstanding institution and I was delighted to accept. I arrived on campus last week, but I have been working with my future colleagues over the last few months to prepare for my transition. I am very grateful to Scott Coltrane for his support and friendship. I am very much looking forward to working with all of you to enhance the excellence of our university.

As my first official act as provost, it is my pleasure to announce that we have selected Scott Pratt as our new executive vice provost* for academic affairs (EVP) following an internal searchthat generated an outstanding pool of candidates. Scott has served as vice provost and dean of the Graduate School since March 2015. In his graduate dean position, Pratt expanded and energized the UO’s doctoral programs, supporting President Schill’s priority of increasing academic excellence and research productivity. During his more than 20-year career at the UO, Pratt, a professor of philosophy, has served as director of graduate studies in the philosophy department, as well as department head, associate dean of the humanities, and director of undergraduate studies for the philosophy department. He has published seven books and dozens of articles and has received a Williams Fellowship for Outstanding University Teaching. Pratt’s appointment is effective immediately. He will continue to serve at the graduate dean until an interim dean is appointed.

Pratt’s appointment as EVP is part of the new leadership structure of the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs (OPAA). This leadership structure is designed to advance the university’s strategic goals and create more focused, nimble, and sustainable support for our academic programs, units, faculty, and initiatives. Scott will focus on defining and implementing high-priority academic initiatives for the university. Brad Shelton will serve as executive vice provost for academic operations where he will develop our academic budget model and support academic planning. Associate vice president and chief of staff to the provost, Melanie Muenzer, will continue in her leadership role, helping to accomplish our academic aspirations. We will also hire a new vice provost for academic affairs this year.

Please join me in congratulating Scott Pratt on his new position. I am very happy to have Melanie, Scott, Brad, and all of the OPAA staff at my side as I get to know the campus and gain greater insights into our university. My office will host a series of events in late summer and early fall as the academic year starts so that I may meet directly with faculty and staff. I am delighted to be your colleague and am very proud to be your partner in advancing the University of Oregon’s academic mission.

Jayanth Banavar
Provost and Senior Vice President

[* UOM: I’ve never of an Executive Vice Provost either, but there’s been so much title inflation in JH they’ve run out of sensible ones. Whatever, Pratt is a great fit for this job. He and the search committee are now searching his executive officer, who will have the title of Vice Provost.]

Oregon taxpayers give UO $50M for Knight Campus construction

Saul Hubbard has the good news in the RG today. The ask was for $100M, but the rest will come next biennium or so. These are the kinds of bonds that are repaid by taxpayers – unlike the $235M the state let UO borrow for Knight Arena. Those bonds are UO’s obligation to repay, and are an ongoing constraint on our ability to borrow.

Ducks to replace top communicator Craig Pintens with Jimmy Stanton

Not a surprise, given the long string of public relations fiascoes under Pintens. Odd that there didn’t seem to have been an Affirmative Action compliant search notice on the UO jobs website, but the Knoxville News-Sentinel has the report here:

Rob Mullens really can’t afford a repeat of this sort of performance from Pintens:

Or the 4.75 million hits this brilliant idea brought UO:

The rumor is that Duck PR flack Craig Pintens thought a video of a fun snowball fight between the Duck football players and UO students would make for some good press, so Coach Helfrich sent his student-athletes across the river to campus.

Willie Taggart must drop Darren Carrington, to teach Dana Altman how to delay next Duck scandal

7/2/2017: That’s my takeaway from the various sports columnists, e.g. here and here.

7/1/2017: Another of Willie Taggart’s Ducks gets a DUI charge

This time it’s one of his players, not one of his coaches, so at least UO won’t have to pay him $60K to leave. Award winning Emerald reporter Kenny Jacoby has the details and the list of the player’s previous charges in the ODE here.