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- SEIU staff union declares impasse,... (9)
- Deplorable Duck Thank you for the details. A problem with hyperbole is that it kind of sounds like BS, which will get... – Tuesday
- uomatters So far as I know there are almost no restrictions on how universities spend the PUSF money, which is the... – Tuesday
- It's classified. This "bucket" that we're "allowed" to talk about is in the General Fund $$. – Tuesday
- uomatters The Senate discussed a hiring freeze on new tenure track faculty. Pres Schill rejected it, but did cut back a... – Tuesday
- honest Uncle Gangsta Everybody wants more of a pretty much fixed pie. Most of us want someone else to take the hit. I... – Tuesday
- The Issue So the ultimate question is how much of the $100 million is "liquid" in other words can be used for... – Tuesday
- Fishwrapper This was written from the union perspective, so a little hyperbole needs to be filtered out - just as one... – Tuesday
- It's classified. "House Bill 5024 specifically allocates $836.9 million for public universities in Oregon, nearly $60 million above current service levels, and... – Tuesday
- Trustees to meet 110 miles... (4)
- Fishwrapper The flagship is doing just fine, at a point somewhere between Eugene and Portland, thank you very much... – Tuesday
- charlie Writing the flagship's eulogy requires the solitude found only in Portland.... – Tuesday
- uomatters Thanks, I was waiting for this comment ;) – Monday
- PDXProf CORRECTION: Trustees to meet 110 miles off EUGENE campus, at the UO's other campus in Portland – Monday
- Ducks rehire failed Fresno State... (8)
- Dan One shouldn’t blame Bartko for the financial problems at Fresno State. The athletic program has bled red ink for literally... – Tuesday
- Dan Yup. Here’s a link... http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2019/07/15/fresno-state-reaches-settlement-with-former-athletic-director/ – Tuesday
- uomatters Thanks, you got a link? – Monday
- Dan An update on Bartko’s $3 million wrongful termination and discrimination claim: Fresno State quietly settled it earlier this summer for... – Monday
- Why professors shouldn't sign petitions (12)
- uomatters Show us the tax returns. – Saturday
- Deplorable Duck I had no idea. Still, it matters little whether our JH betters make out like bandits, as long as they... – Saturday
- Publius “Donald Trump is now the wealthiest person to ever become president. Before him, George Washington was considered the richest president... – Saturday
- uomatters I'm not suggesting that the "Father of our Country" got the sort of perks that are typical for JH administrators... – Saturday
- Deplorable Duck The crucial difference between the Declaration of Independence and many of the open-letter-signed-by-dozens vehicles we have today is that the... – Saturday
- Publius The complaint (above) reads: “… Whether you call it a “petition,” an “open letter” or a “public statement,” this type... – Friday
- Fishwrapper I believe you're mistaken. The Declaration of Independence is what it is named, a declaration, a statement that needed to... – Friday
- uomatters It was a Declaration, written after George the Third's predictably nasty response to the sniveling Olive Branch Petition. Jefferson was... – Friday
- Remember the Hat Day: November... (18)
- New "Free Speech Skybridge" perfect... (28)
- ODA ODA? I will loosely echo PK when he said something like: 'PK could stand for the baseball stat Pick, or... – Saturday
- Fishwrapper Not all tanks are new... And as Tom Lehrer put it so well, Life is like a sewer. What you... – Friday
- uomatters As former UO Senate Pres I know a bit about shit. A good concrete septic tank with PVC pipes will... – Thursday
- Fishwrapper Erma Bombeck said it better: The grass is always greener...over the septic tank. – Thursday
- The grass is always greener on the other side. – Thursday
- uomatters Fog? Seems like our Knight Bridge will be better for free-speech banners. – Wednesday
- ODA Oh yea, Delta Ponds Bridge... Total waste... Unless they ever put the road to connect north of VRC through Rasor... – Wednesday
- CSN Deplorable Duck, All I had to do was google "Delta Ponds Bridge" and the very first link was https://www.eugene-or.gov/1754/Delta-Ponds-Bridge containing... – Wednesday
- "university again mediated with the... (7)
- It's classified. I believe the 1% mentioned is the Cost of Living Adjustment from 2017 and 2018. New Year Cat is correct... – Thursday
- My Cool Screen Name So in addition to Missy claiming that UO is "mediating", Provost Phillips provides a link to what looks like the... – Thursday
- FGI Hanlon’s Razor: Never assume malice where incompetence is a sufficient explanation Poe’s Corollary to Hanlon’s Razor: From the perspective of... – Wednesday
- Fishwrapper We will continue to bargain in good faith... If that update is an indicator of "good faith," and given that... – Wednesday
- WE are the University Since the administration is moving toward a private business model, why do they not understand that this is a TIGHT... – Wednesday
- New Year Cat "Other employee group salary increases: Service Employee International Union (SEIU): 1%". Um, no...SEIU is also in bargaining, with the 7... – Tuesday
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- Daily Emerald reports on California’s end run around NCAA cartel @BradyLim619 https://t.co/2SYAlnJ6eK, 21 hours ago
- RT @andyhre: I’m sure the athletes will be fairly compensated for the use of their labor. Oh, wait #AmateurismIsACon https://t.co/N4tvoRCTkR, Aug 18
- And if you're faculty, bring a representative from the union. https://t.co/3pQnmwZO0L, Aug 16
- RT @andyhre: Funny how people always assume "non-revenue" athletes wouldn't get more money in a competitive system and yet, how… https://t.co/goofyPx2JA, Aug 12
- New UO "Free Speech Skybridge" will be the perfect place & manner for hanging protest banners… https://t.co/LY70K1TJu5, Aug 12
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- Emerald reports on California’s end run around NCAA cartel 08/20/2019
- SEIU staff union declares impasse, prepares to strike 08/19/2019
- Trustees to meet 110 miles off campus, 4 weeks before students return 08/16/2019
- Remember the Hat Day: November 21, 2011 08/15/2019
- “university again mediated with the Graduate Teaching Fellow Federation” 08/13/2019
- Why professors shouldn’t sign petitions 08/13/2019
- Steve Raymund to replace Chuck Lillis as BOT Chairman 08/13/2019
- New “Free Speech Skybridge” perfect place & manner for protest banners 08/12/2019
- HR Director & VP for HR caught trolling union on twitter, “resign” 08/10/2019
- UO Administration to renovate faculty offices in PLC! 08/09/2019
- UO Provost finally gets a Chief of Staff, Tim Inman 08/07/2019
- RG’s Jordyn Brown obtains public records detailing layoffs 08/02/2019
- Thin veneer of wood to cover bigly steel at renovated Hayward Field 08/01/2019
- Admin hits up students for $800K for Black Cultural Center overruns 07/30/2019
- Internal Auditor Trisha Burnett leaving in 3 weeks 07/30/2019
- More Republicans now like unions than like universities 07/29/2019
- UO administration proposes cutting Grad Employee pay by 5% 07/29/2019
- Daily Emerald on Senate Pres Skowron and VP Berkman’s plans 07/29/2019
- Provost Phillips to cut colleges, slash UO administrative costs by 1/2 07/25/2019
- SEIU staff union posts bargaining update 07/25/2019
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.