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- Why UO should make economics... (4)
- just different Here's another one: Religious Studies. – Friday
- Conservative Duck Statistics would be a good inclusion as well, and for the same reason. Numbers get "massaged" and data "interpreted". Take crime statistics, for example. – Friday
- uomatters Comment of the month, contact our Marketing Department for your UO Matters (c) coffee mug. – Thursday
- UO community member Marketing should always be #1 – Thursday
- just different Mathematics, although it's usually not mathematicians who are wielding deceptive mathematics. And that's not the only reason to study mathematics, but there doesn't seem to... – Thursday
- Helpful Carolina woman uses ladder... (1)
- Rockaway Recycling We're paying $1.64 a pound for scrap bronze from Statues, Old Plumbing Fixtures, and Commercial Electrical pieces. If you need a certificate of destruction, that... – Wednesday
- Bring back Sharon Rudnick, Mike... (1)
- dog Seriously, when all the Union cheer-leading died down, did anyone really think it would continue to go uphill? Outcomes of decisions need to be suitably... – Tuesday
- Peaceful Eugene Anti-Hate march from... (14)
- Really? White man with a gun=exercising second amendment rights (see: Charlottesville). Black man with a gun=a threat to me and innocent people (see: Philandro Castile). Black... – Monday
- Hart I agree there's a low overall death rate. However, there is also a lot of data about patterns wherein brown people's interactions with police were... – Monday
- comeon Likely dead? The focus on gaps leads to base-rate bias. A very small minority of all individuals are killed by police. There is evidence of... – Monday
- Oryx "likely?" The spate of unwarranted police killings of African Americans is horrifying, but are you actually suggesting that more than half the encounters between police... – Monday
- just different Many on the left don't trust law enforcement because policing isn't applied equitably even when keeping the peace during political protests. Antifa or Black Lives... – Monday
- uomatters That likelihood does not escape me. – Monday
- uomatters We couldn't find any oil. Didn't know about shale oil back then. That and the weather. – Monday
- White Lies We Tell Ourselves Who knew about your checkered past? However, I believe the point is that if you had brown skin in any of those encounters you would... – Monday
- Duck fans won't pay to... (10)
- Anas clypeata Probably just offended sociology majors. – Friday
- honest Uncle Bernie Oh, I am quite sure -- from much observation in my classes -- that the athletes work much harder at athletics than do the vast... – Thursday
- Simplicius Simplicissimus ... or academic students... – Wednesday
- Eugenenative Not buying that football players work any harder than gymnasts, tennis players or soccer players. – Wednesday
- UO Matters And the Ducks would give the reporter the "Jacoby Treatment" – Wednesday
- dog I guess this bleacher report had high impact as this is all over ESPN today - with most people disagreeing with what he said. – Wednesday
- Steve P If this interview had happened at UO that quarterback would never be allowed to talk to another reporter. – Wednesday
- dog Honest voices are generally disruptive and institutions don't tolerate that. Still, kudos for speaking the on the ground truth. – Wednesday
- Athletic Director to pay University... (1)
- honest Uncle Bernie Ah, they respect and admire learning and education in those red states! – Friday
- How not to recruit top... (9)
- Dog When Streisinger was offered a job at the UO in 1959, UO had an enrollment of about 7500 students so nice scale, accessible administration, not... – Friday
- Old Man Once upon a time the UO hired beginners on the promise of accomplishment. It is widely appreciated that George Streisinger, hired here into his first... – Friday
- UO Matters Congratulations, you win the UO Matters second order effect comment of the week. – Friday
- Thedude they've just figured out hiring poor performing faculty is the best response to fixed merit pools by department. – Thursday
- Dog Schrodinger's duck would constantly be confused about which end was its ass and which was its brain -hmm - that kind of sounds relevant to... – Thursday
- UO Matters Yup, there's a reason they call it Schrodinger's cat, not his duck. Or maybe there's not. – Thursday
- Dog Wineland definitely came here because there are no goofy ducks in Boulder – Thursday
- honest Uncle Bernie Actually, it may be very telling. The progressive social justice warriors meet the progressive corporate world at the progressive corporate university. Look at the topics:... – Thursday
- Oregon Law School Deans failed... (13)
- uomatters Point taken, though I'm not sure where you got those numbers. The latest ABA employment data, for UO's class of 2016, shows 52% of the... – Friday
- Anonymous The letter from the deans is deceptive and this plan is poorly conceived. At UO Law 83% of students pass the bar the first time.... – Friday
- 2.5 months after public records... (1)
- Dog One thing to notice is that many of the approved searches in NS are continuations of failed searches from last year - I am involved... – Thursday
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- UO Matters Your R pitch is noted. Free download here: https://www.r-project.org/ – Tuesday
- jackmccoy If we want to help people rise up economically, we need to focus on university educations that have will help translate into meaningful careers post... – Tuesday
- just different UO is way behind the curve in addressing the needs of underserved groups, including lower SES students. But the underrepresentation of these students says a... – Tuesday
- CSN What do you mean? UO set a goal of working on diversity in a couple of dimensions, and has met that goal. If the "vast... – Tuesday
- billygoat Very nice and thought-provoking. But consider that many of the programs that one can expect to drive mobility --professional degrees, engineer, med or nursing schools--are... – Tuesday
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- Montana newspaper calls for "deadly discouragement" of racist KKK - in 1921. https://t.co/o1PgiRmsp2, 11 hours ago
- Why UO should list economics as a Gen Ed requirement: - https://t.co/yQZaefkriz, 13 hours ago
- RT @ProSyn: Today’s quote is from Joan Robinson https://t.co/mpsAt3fzON, 15 hours ago
- RT @JeffmanningOre: We shined light on this predatory Aequitas deal back in July 2015. Finally, some justice for Corinthian students. https://t.co/GqpLlVazWn, Aug 17
- Ducks fire Coach Dana Altman for #blacklivesmatter comments - https://t.co/RK7OOuEw27, Aug 17
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- Why UO should make economics a mandatory Gen Ed requirement: 08/17/2017
- Ducks fire Coach Dana Altman for #blacklivesmatter comments 08/16/2017
- Helpful Carolina woman uses ladder to fix defective courthouse statue 08/15/2017
- Bring back Sharon Rudnick, Mike Gottfredson, and the goat! 08/15/2017
- Peaceful Eugene Anti-Hate march from EMU to downtown 08/14/2017
- Pres Schill: Denouncing hate and violence following Charlottesville terror 08/14/2017
- Athletic Director to pay University $5M for academic scholarships 08/11/2017
- UO opens public search for a job I have zero qualifications for 08/11/2017
- Oregon Law School Deans failed to convince Supreme Court to increase Bar exam pass rate from 58% to 78%. 08/10/2017
- 2.5 months after public records request, UO gives Emerald faculty hiring proposals 08/10/2017
- How not to recruit top tenure track faculty to a tier 1 research university 08/10/2017
- UO commemorates 3rd annual Gottfredson Day by not suing him for legal fees 08/09/2017
- Duck fans won’t pay to watch concussions or listen to control-freak coach 08/09/2017
- Administrator resigns after public records reveal public relations scheme 08/08/2017
- Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Scott Pratt still searching for VPAA 08/08/2017
- Banavar appoints Karen Ford as interim Honors College Dean. 08/08/2017
- UO is failing on economic diversity. Where’s the “Economic Diversity Action Plan”? 08/07/2017
- Admins responded to last year’s heat emergency by banning new PLC window AC units 08/03/2017
- Panicked UO communicators spew nonsense in basketball allegation response 08/03/2017
- Has ex-Duck Mark Helfrich finally found gainful employment? 08/01/2017
UO Board Chair Chuck Lillis's grade so far
- A (10%, 30 Votes)
- B (5%, 15 Votes)
- C (13%, 39 Votes)
- D (23%, 66 Votes)
- F (49%, 142 Votes)
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President Mike Schill's grade so far
- A (23%, 113 Votes)
- B (29%, 140 Votes)
- C (17%, 80 Votes)
- D (12%, 56 Votes)
- F (19%, 92 Votes)
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3/2/2015 update: No word on whether or not BOT Secretary Angela Wilhelm will tear down that wall of PR flack tables separating the Trustees from the university community during this Thursday and Friday’s meetings, but it’s a good sign that 20 months into their term in office, the Board is willing to meet with faculty. I’m on the list, so Wilhelm’s assistant Amanda Hatch can’t have been screening people too carefully:
March 3, 2015
TO: Individuals Attending Faculty/Trustee Discussions
FROM: Susan Gary, Faculty Trustee
RE: Thoughts on the March 6 Discussions
Thank you for your willingness and interest in participating in the discussions with UO trustees this
Friday, March 6, at 8:00 AM. These conversations will give the trustees a great opportunity to learn
more about the faculty – what we do, our strengths and the challenges we face. I thought it would be
helpful to provide some ideas about conversation topics, although these are not restrictive. You should
feel free to discuss any issues of concern to you, and the trustees may have questions they want to ask.
The conversations will evolve, as conversations do.
Our initial target size was 10 faculty members and three trustees per group. Given the number of
people who expressed interest, we can accommodate everyone if we increase the group size to 11, so
that is what we have decided to do. I think 11 should be fine; if you would prefer to wait until June (we
plan to have more discussions then), please let Amanda Hatch know and we can save your information.
The trustees will want to hear from everyone, so please be courteous with respect to time so that
everyone can have a chance to speak. It’s a conversation, so multiple short comments will likely be
better than one long comment per person.
Here are suggested topics for discussion that I brainstormed. I use “faculty” to include both TTF and
NTTF because most topics apply to both, although sometimes in different ways.
– What do the classifications of faculty as TTF and NTTF – mean? (and NTRF and Library faculty if
someone can speak to those categories)
– What roles do different faculty members play?
– What is the promotion process like for TTF and NTTF?
– What contributes to teaching excellence?
– How much work goes into preparing a class?
– How do teachers keep their classes fresh?
– How does the Teaching Effectiveness Program work with faculty to improve teaching? (Have you
taken advantage of TEP and what has been the benefit?)
– How does research contribute to teaching?
– What are classroom conditions like – technology, class size, and configuration of classrooms?
– How do negative factors hinder teaching excellence – increases in class size, increased teaching
– What kind of University and unit service do faculty do?
– What is the service work load and what types of service work do faculty do (admissions,
scholarships, curriculum, hiring, promotion and tenure, etc.)
– How does the level of service required affect teaching and scholarship?
– How do faculty mentor students?
– Undergraduates? What kind of mentoring do undergrads need? What are the
challenges/rewards of mentoring undergrads?
– Graduate students? What is the relationship between an advisor and a
candidate? How does advising a grad student work?
– How do faculty help students think about career options?
– What is the role of research for a TTF?
– What is the grant writing process like?
– What is the publication process like?
Masters or Ph.D.
– What synergies exist among the research, teaching and service obligations of faculty members?
– (Note: There is a lot to say about research, but this is an area the trustees have already had
some exposure to, so it may be good to focus on other topics.)
– How do TTF and NTTF interact within units?
– How do units govern themselves?
– What role does the Senate play? What role should the Senate play?
– Do faculty feel engaged with the Senate?
This probably deserves a separate discussion when issues can be discussed more thoroughly – there is a
lot of work needed to develop a strategy – but someone may have particular insights to share.
2/25/2015 update: Ron Bramhall (Business) and faculty union VP for NTTFs, persuades the BOT’s sole Faculty Trustee, Susan Gary (Law), to invite NTTFs to meetings with Board members:
While these are much more complete than in the past, and while the Board has helpfully abandoned its previous strategy of holding meetings when the students are away on break, Secretary Angela Wilhelms has pre-redacted some of the most potentially interesting info from the agenda (docket) links, saying it’s not ready yet, or will be passed out in dead-tree format at the meeting. In the past she’s done this because she didn’t want the public (or some board members) to find out what’s going on until the last minute when it’s too late to react. From http://trustees.uoregon.edu/meetings.
Alexandra Wallachly has some info in an Emerald story here, and I’ll post more later. Meanwhile if you see – or don’t see – something interesting, please post a comment.
Oregon Law says:
PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES WITH A GOVERNING BOARD
352.025 Legislative findings. (1) The Legislative Assembly finds that the State of Oregon will benefit from having public universities with governing boards that:
(a) Provide transparency, public accountability and support for the university.
(b) Are close to and closely focused on the individual university.
(c) Do not negatively impact public universities that do not have governing boards.
(d) Lead to greater access and affordability for Oregon residents and do not disadvantage Oregon students relative to out-of-state students.
(e) Act in the best interests of both the university and the State of Oregon as a whole.
(f) Promote the academic success of students in support of the mission of all education beyond high school as described in ORS 351.009.
(2) The Legislative Assembly also finds that:
(a) Even with universities with governing boards, there are economy-of-scale benefits to having a coordinated university system.
(b) Even with universities with governing boards, shared services may continue to be shared among universities.
(c) Legal title to all real property, whether acquired before or after the creation of a governing board, through state funding, revenue bonds or philanthropy, shall be taken and held in the name of the State of Oregon, acting by and through the governing board.
(d) The Legislative Assembly has a responsibility to monitor the success of governing boards at fulfilling their missions, their compacts and the principles stated in this section. [2013 c.768 §1]
The Legislature has passed that responsibility to the HECC. Executive Director Ben Cannon’s proposal for this is here, well worth reading it all:
Workgroup recommendations will be advisory to the Executive Director. HECC staff will make a
final recommendation to the Commission for an evaluation framework in summer, 2015. The
Commission-adopted framework will be employed in Fall 2015 for evaluations of the three
institutions whose boards assumed governance responsibility July 1, 2014 (UO, OSU, and PSU). All
seven public institutions will be evaluated annually using the framework starting in Fall 2016.
The work group will convene January 2015 – June 2015 and will use the following legislative
guidance to frame its work and outcomes:
ORS 352.061(2) stipulates that the HECC’s evaluations of universities must include:
A report on the university’s achievement of outcomes, measures of progress, goals and
targets as described in the university’s achievement compact with the Oregon Education
An assessment of the university’s progress toward achieving the mission of all education
beyond high school as described in ORS 351.009 (the 40-40-20 goal); and
An assessment as to how well the establishment of a governing board at the university
comports with the findings set forth in ORS 352.025.
ORS 352.061(2)(c) also requires that the HECC assess university governing boards against the
findings set forth in ORS 352.025, including that governing boards:
Provide transparency, public accountability and support for the university.
Are close to and closely focused on the individual university.
Do not negatively impact public universities that do not have governing boards.
Lead to greater access and affordability for Oregon residents and do not disadvantage
Oregon students relative to out-of-state students.
Act in the best interests of both the university and the State of Oregon as a whole.
Promote the academic success of students in support of the mission of all education beyond
high school as described in ORS 351.009 (the 40-40-20 goal).
ORS 352.025 notes four additional Legislative findings:
Even with universities with governing boards, there are economy-of-scale benefits to having
a coordinated university system.
Even with universities with governing boards, shared services may continue to be shared
Legal title to all real property, whether acquired before or after the creation of a governing
board, through state funding, revenue bonds or philanthropy, shall be taken and held in the
name of the State of Oregon, acting by and through the governing board.
The Legislative Assembly has a responsibility to monitor the success of governing boards at
fulfilling their missions, their compacts and the principles stated in this section.
The HECC has now released its workplan, here:
“The materials for this portion of the agenda are not yet complete”. The meeting is Monday at 3PM, Room 402 in the Alumni Center. BOT Secretary Angela Wilhelms has done her best to evade the intent of public meetings law a few times before, this is getting pretty shameless. Coltrane will present the proposal. Full dump here:
A reader passes along this Brad Shelton powerpoint, which among other things documents the $1.5M Moffitt to Moffitt transfer:
The bottom line though, is that there’s plenty of water in the well. Or at least that’s what Brad Shelton was telling UO’s academic deans in September:
I wonder what changed?
2/4/2015 update: The Senate Executive Committee met today. The sudden cuts to graduate fellowships in some UO departments, right in the middle of grad recruiting, got some serious attention. Senate President Kyr is going to ask the Senate Budget Committee to look into the situation and report back to the Senate ASAP.
Meanwhile, in the absence of any information from President Coltrane or Provost Bronet, the rumors are flying. Please post yours in the comments, whilst adhering to the one cuss-word limit.
Isn’t it odd how it only takes Johnson Hall 3 hours to spam the entire university with a witch-hunt email accusing a professor and two archivists of an “unlawful release” of UO archives, but when it comes to something as crucial as graduate student fellowships, they wait until departments are bringing students to campus to tell us sorry, they spent that money on something else?
Speaking of where they spent the money, the Senate Exec Meeting was attended by UO’s new VP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett, who is tasked with spying on the faculty and reporting back to Board Secretary Angela Wilhelms. Pernsteiner paid Triplett $72K, but Angela Wilhelms is giving him $130K, and didn’t even make him go through an affirmative action compliant search. No wonder he’s so happy:
What are the chances that chief collaborator Triplett will relay the news to the Board of Trustees that UO’s spending priorities are out of whack? How much are we paying Wilhelms?
2/4/2015: UO cutting grad student fellowships?
That’s the rumor. If true, it means Chuck Lillis has decided that it would be more fun to play with UO if it were out of the AAU. If you know something, say something.
Job ad here. Rumor has it that Board Secretary Angela Wilhelms wants a Chuck Triplett type, who will keep her and Chairman Chuck Lillis informed about exactly what UO’s President is up to:
Title: Senior Executive Assistant
The University of Oregon seeks applications for the Senior Executive Assistant for the Office of the President position. The Office of the President is the chief executive office for the University of Oregon. The office consists of the president, chief of staff, and several high-level executive and administrative support positions. The office staff works to provide efficient and responsible operation of the president’s office in support of the president’s initiatives and priorities in service to the students, staff, and faculty, as well as the Board of Trustees and external partners of the institution.
12/14/2014: Video of the Senate meeting is now available:
12/10/2014 PM update:
Alexandra Wallachly from the Emerald has posted a report on the meeting, here.
On the Board meeting Thursday: I think it’s important to show up at the Board meeting Thursday at 8AM in the Alumni Center. While the board has backed off on the latest power grab, there’s plenty of potential for surprises, those making public comments deserve some supporters, and it’s important that the Board sees that the faculty take what’s been happening very seriously. And I hear someone will be passing out “Save our Senate” buttons.
On the Senate meeting today: I got there at the very end. I’d love it if someone would send me some notes or post them. People tell me it was standing room only, and filled with dismay and outrage over what’s going on with our administration.
The Senate passed an amended version of the motion below, opposing the Triplett/Park power grab. The fact that they did this even after Coltrane announced the Board would withdraw the motion at his suggestion shows how deep the mistrust of Johnson Hall has become. Coltrane and Bronet need to take charge of that snake-pit, decisively and soon.
The Senate then apparently wrote and approved a second motion, directing the Academic Integrity Task Force to investigate the administration’s “alleged plans to establish groundwork for disciplinary procedures” against Philosophy Dept Chair Bonnie Mann and other faculty who refused to issue “fraudulent” grades. Apparently there is also an accusation that a CAS administrator not only gave out grades for courses, but then raised them after students complained. I don’t know if the TAIF will also investigate that.
I’ll post the video when available, and I expect the motions (passed unanimously?) will be on the Senate website soon, here. Meanwhile check Try Bree Nicolello’s twitter reports on the meeting: https://twitter.com/breenicolello.
12/10/2014 update: (see below for Coltrane response)
Sorry, I’m at the Board committee meetings, no live-blog.