Sign up for 2016-17 Senate and Committee service NOW

Time is short. The sign-up for running for election to the UO Senate and volunteering to serve on Senate and University committees is here. It closes tomorrow, I believe:

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You can self-nominate for the elected positions, and indicate which of a plethora of interesting committees that you would like to work with. Remember, only you and shared governance can prevent this:

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Senate for Wed 3/9: Courses, ethics, confidentiality, dorms, sports

Elevator version: John Bonine and Kevin Reed and the Senate had a civil, collaborative, and productive session on the counseling confidentiality motion and the GCO amendment. Many interesting issues came out, thanks to the full engagement of the Senate. Some issues were dealt with expeditiously with new amendments, generally unanimously. Given the April 1 deadline for the emergency policy to expire, the Senate passed the policy with the GCO amendments, after additional needed amendments that arose during the discussion. The Senate will come back to polish it up in a few weeks, if needed, after more discussion with the GCO. This really could not have gone better, and will stand as an example of shared governance at its best.

Agenda  |  Watch Live

Browsing Room, Knight Library; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:05 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:05 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes 2.1      February 24, 2016

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1      US15/16:20: Approval of Curriculum Report, Winter Term 2016; Frances White, Chair of Committee on Courses

Yes, this proposal does include a new undergraduate Law course that double-dips on the Gen Ed and MC requirements and will suck off more CAS students:

LAW 301 Youth and Social Change (4) Explore how adults act on youth through law, mass media, policy, and social science, while investigating youth as agents of change, acting on their own perspective of law and justice. Approved to satisfy Category II: Social Science general-education group requirement. Approved to satisfy Category B: Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance multicultural requirement. Effective spring 2016.

Really? I’m an economist and I’m not even sure that’s a science. But now law is too? I’ve got a request in for the syllabus and justification for SocSci and MC status. At least it’s not online with no proctored exams, like Doug Blandy’s AAD courses. FWIW here is the criteria for Gen Ed status:

The following criteria was proposed by the Undergraduate Council and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee. The University Senate approved them in May 2001 by Motion US0001-3 Replacement Motion governing the approval of courses meeting general-education requirements and the distribution of courses student must complete within each group. Revised May 11, 2011 to authorize general education credit for courses waiting for permanent numbers. Revised May 22, 2013 to make clear that repeatable courses are not assigned groups satisfying status. Revised May XX, 2015 to remove the Inter-College General Education Review Committee (ICGER) from the review and approval process.

1. Group-satisfying courses in Arts and Letters, Social Science, and Science must meet the following general criteria:

1.1. Group-satisfying courses in arts and letters must create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Proposed courses must be broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there must be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

1.2. Group-satisfying courses in the social sciences must be liberal in nature rather than being professionally oriented or limited to the performance of professional skills. They must cover a representative cross-section of key issues, perspectives, and modes of analysis employed by scholars working on the subject matter addressed by the course. The subject matter of the course will be relatively broad, e.g., involving more than one issue, place, or time. Courses with an emphasis on methods and skills will satisfy the requirement only if there is also a substantial and coherent theoretical component.

1.3. Group-satisfying courses in the sciences should introduce students to the foundations of one or more scientific disciplines, or should provide an introduction to fundamental methods (such as mathematics) that are widely used in scientific disciplines. Courses should introduce students to the process of scientific reasoning.

No discussion, passes unanimously.

4.2      US15/16-17: Policy on Confidentiality of Student Health Care and Survivors’ Services Information; Senate Executive Committee

The GCO has proposed redlined revisions to the emergency policy, here. The money graph is in the definitions at the end, although I think there will be new revisions from the GCO proposed at the meeting.

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Yes, there is a new amendment from the GCO, replacing that above. It’s on the Senate screen now, I’m trying to find a link to it. Sorry.

Bonine: Motion to divide the amendment and approve the 2nd paragraph. Passes unanimously.

On to the first paragraph: Burns has questions about the “firewall”. GC Reed discusses the “risk management team” and a situation where it might help deal with, say, a suicidal student.

Harbaugh asks if the “risk management team” would also include GCO reps dealing with malpractice. Reed says yes. Health Center Director Richard Brunader, MD explains his motivation for the amendments – allow his practitioners access to legal advice. [Sounds reasonable, but so long as the GCO provides that advice, which may require info from the counseling records, and also defends UO, the firewall seems flammable.]

Bonine: The amendment is not for litigation situations, correct? Reed: Correct. Bonine points out that the amendment will modify paragraph 3, which deals explicitly with litigation. Bonine suggests a simple amendment to the amendment to fix this issue so that the providers can get legal advice when they need it, without allowing GCO to get records in litigation like Jane Doe.

Reed: Thinks this creates a potential problem. Bonine points out it doesn’t.

Freyd: Don’t practitioners have malpractice insurance and access to independent legal advice outside the GCO?

[Missed name] points out that the original GCO amendment uses “student” instead of “patient/client”. Problematic. We’ll need another amendment to the amendment.

Ahlen: So the GCO amendment would allow the release of redacted student records w/o their consent?

Reed: Yes.

Espinoza: Let’s step back. What’s the problem that needs to be addressed?

Reed: Practitioners need legal advice. Emergency policy doesn’t seem to allow that.

Brunader: Recent case – parent called, I couldn’t figure out if I could talk to them, or how or if I could get advice about this from the GCO.

[This has been a very interesting and I think productive discussion.]

Randy suggests a motion to postpone.

Reed: I’ve discussed with Schill, we want to get this done today.

Psaki: The GCO asked the Senate to approve an amendment that we didn’t see on screen until today. We deserve more time.

Bonine: We can postpone this til 4/6, we’ve been working with the GC collaboratively.

But it will expire 4/1.

Ahlen: Pass today, with the understanding that we’ll tweek in collaboration with GCO?

Bonine: Sounds good to me. Reed: Sounds good to me too. Schill likes it too.

Dreiling moves to replace student with client/patient. Passes unanimously.

Bonine: One more amendment. In Paragraph 4, “officials” changed to “employees” in the last sentence, so that a counselor or doctor could ask for the University to pay for an independent lawyer.”  Passes unanimously.

Revised policy passes unanimously. Very productive, collaborative work by GCO Kevin Reed, John Bonine, and the Senate as a whole.

4.3      US15/16-21: Revision of the Code of Ethics in Response to Feedback from the University President; Senate Executive Committee

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Sullivan postpones on the grounds no one cares about this policy.

3:45 pm    5.   Open Discussion 5.1 Proposed Mandatory Live In policy for all new incoming students.

Max Burns (UO student, Senator, ASUO Senator).

Argues that this will be a big cost increase for incoming UO students, on top of tuition increases. Low income students hit particularly hard.

On process grounds, argues that the university should have done more due diligence.

ASUO has voted against this.

Ahlen: Students have been asking about exemptions. Is housing prepared to provide culturally appropriate services to international students, for example.

Sullivan: Can VPSA Holmes tell us where this policy is?

Holmes: This was Mike Gottfredson’s idea, motivated by financial concerns from Housing when live-in rates fell below 80%. [Yes, she really said that.] It’s already approved policy and will go into effect in 2017. We can’t afford to the bond payments for renovating dorms unless we can make the students use university housing.

Sullivan to Freinkel: Who was on the review committee you chaired? Robert Davis (Spanish), Middlebrook (English) and a bunch of administrators including the Associate Athletic Director (?!). Committee was unanimous in support. [Anyone know where the actual policy is?]

Sullivan asks Freinkel to forward the research used to support the policy.

4:15 pm    6.   Reports 6.1      Report from Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR); Tim Gleason

Gleason’s report is full of interesting information and omissions. Way better than O’Fallon, but that was a low bar. Not in his report:

The NCAA reported in November that only 17% of the Black Male athletes who started at UO in 2008 had graduated 6 years later. Only 44% of all Black Male students (includes athletes) entering UO in 2008 graduated:

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For comparison 67% of all students entering as freshman in 2008 had graduated from UO w/in 6 years. This is the most recent data. The cell sizes for gender/race are small, and percentages bounce around a lot. 17% is, from what I can tell, the historical low point for the Duck athletic department. The average is more on the order of 45%.

Gleason’s position on transparency has been problematic: but maybe he’ll turn the page on that.

Here’s what I asked him to provide to the Senate:

FAR Report to Senate:

Written report distributed 48 hours in advance, with Q&A at meeting and by email if time pressure.

Distribution of majors, online classes, classes transferred from other schools to meet UO requirements.

Admissions: Gleason not involved in admissions. Senate will want to see data on entering students including GPA/SAT etc.  Tim will try to get these from Admissions.

In general all data broken out by team, or by gender & revenue/non-revenue. Berkeley as a model. Gleason will clear FERPA with GCO.

Well-being: Time demands, travel schedules, procedures for checking for academic conflicts.

O’Heroes – rules and time demands? 

Follow-up after graduation – What happens to UO athletes after they’re done?

NCAA violation reports.

Heads up on coming NCAA legislation and outcomes of Jan convention. Senate/IAC should have input into UO’s position on these matters.

Update on AD efforts to prevent sexual violence.

Gleason: Three messages… Stay calm, all is well, but we’ll face challenges. Looks at distribution of majors, doesn’t see any funny business. 11% of athletes were “special admits”.

FWIW, here’s an example of the contract that the Ducks give their “student-athletes”. (This one is Brandon Austin’s, from his lawsuit against Mike Gottfredson et al.:)

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Balbuena, Psaki, and other senators press Gleason on his claims that all his well, and that all that can be done is being done.

That said, a huge improvement from O’Fallon. Thanks Tim.

4:50 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

Dreiling: Motion on academic standards for online Gen-Ed courses.

4:50 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

President Schill to hold reception supporting shared governance. This Wed 4-5PM Gehrlinger

Rumor has it that you will be able to fill out a paper copy of the committee volunteering form on the spot, and there will be lemonade and sweets.

Reception with president, Senate leaders aids shared governance

President Michael Schill at a reception last summer.

University Senate President Randy Sullivan is inviting the campus community to a reception with President Michael Schill and other members of the Senate leadership team to learn more about shared governance.

Nominations are now open for Senate and committee positions, and the event will be an opportunity to hear from campus leaders about the need for candidates and volunteers. Current members of committees and other panels also will be on hand to answer questions and discuss service opportunities.

The reception will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Gerlinger Lounge. Nominations will be open through Sunday, March 6.

[Full Disclosure: I stole this word for word from Around the O]

Senate: Athletics, Sports Products, counseling records, Stalin, Nazis, hookers

Rumor down at the faculty club is that Scalia is up for a posthumous honorary degree. Today at 3PM, Knight Library. Agenda hereLive video here.

Update: Turns out I was wrong about Scalia getting an honorary degree. The National Inquirer has the shocking truth, and the NYT documents that this wasn’t Scalia’s first “rodeo”, as they say in El Paso:

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Semi-live blog: Usual disclaimer. My opinion of what people said, meant, or should have said or meant. Nothing is a quote unless in quotes.

Browsing Room, Knight Library; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:05 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:05 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1      February 10, 2016

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1      US15/16-12: New Program Approval, M.S. in Sports Product Design; Scott Pratt, Dean of the Graduate School

Harbaugh asked some tough – and therefore civil – questions of Coltrane on the funding, quoting from Coltrane’s own last minute MOU giving AAA $5.3M:

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Coltrane evades as he often does, but says the HECC has also asked that these sorts of proposals come with more useful financial info.

Laura Lee McIntyre (School Psychology) objects to Harbaugh (Economics) asking economic questions in the Senate. Sullivan (Chemistry) defends economics.

Craig Parsons (Poli Sci) attempts to connect Harbaugh’s economic questions to the Nazis – the first known invocation of Goodwin’s Law in the UO Senate. (Craig apologized profusely afterwards for the Nazi comment. I told him no worries, I’d have fun blogging about it. Maybe too much fun.)

Harbaugh says he supports the proposal (the Sports Product Design proposal, not the tenets of National Socialism) despite the unsatisfactory answers to economic questions involving general fund support for this and the related SPM program from Coltrane.

Program passes unanimously.

4.2      US15/16-18: Revision of the Membership of the Graduate Council; Senate Executive Committee

Amended to make it a non-voting member to act as a liaison.  Passes unanimously.

4.3      US15/16-19: Revision of the Policy on Conferral of Posthumous Degrees; Senate Executive Committee

Comes from the administration, cleanup of burdensome procedures in current policy. Still some issues, Bonine (Law) catches some other issues. Amended, passes unanimously.

3:50 pm    5.   Open Discussion

5.1       Accelerated Learning

HECC is considering proposals to drastically expand programs by which HS teachers can award college credit for HS classes.

What could possibly go wrong? Sue Eveland (Registrar) has a few thoughts…. So does the rest of the Senate.

Sullivan asks why we have not heard from UO’s much admired Ed School on these proposals?

5.2       US15/16-17: Policy on Confidentiality of Student Health Care and Survivors’ Services Information

GC Kevin Reed presents some issues with the current emergency policy, involving the Health Center leaderships need to see records for QC, and the GC’s need to perform its risk management function.

Sullivan asks where in the revisions is here any indication of the firewall that Reed said there would be between the Health Center and the long list of UO officials that would be allowed, under the revisions, to access confidential student counseling records. VPSL Robin Holmes could get them? WTF?

GC Kevin Reed’s answers are less than satisfying.

Bonine praises the existing emergency policy, which he helped write, but wants to see the rationale for these amendments before the Senate votes. Counseling Center Director Shelly Kerr tried to hide the paper trail. Could that happen again?

We’re getting into the weeds on this. Bitter weeds that have cost UO millions and incalculable reputational damage, and which must be rooted out lest they reseed themselves, as weeds will do.

Bonine goes on, in a harangue worthy of Stalin’s speech to the 19th Party Congress, but longer. Sullivan bangs him into silence. Good for Randy. More good questions on the revisions come from David Espinoza (Counseling) and John Ahlen (International Affairs).

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

6.1      Report from Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR); Tim Gleason

It took years, but back in 2013 we finally got former FAR Jim O’Fallon to deliver a long-winded report. Boy was he mad. Nothing in writing as Senate rules require, of course. Video here. He starts at 102:30 and goes on for quite a while.

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I asked our new FAR, Tim Gleason, to give the Senate the following information for his report, in writing:

FAR Report to Senate:

Written report distributed 48 hours in advance, with Q&A at meeting and by email if time pressure.

Distribution of majors, online classes, classes transferred from other schools to meet UO requirements.

Admissions: Gleason not involved in admissions. Senate will want to see data on entering students including GPA/SAT etc.  Tim will try to get these from Admissions.

In general all data broken out by team, or by gender & revenue/non-revenue. Berkeley as a model. Gleason will clear FERPA with GCO.

Well-being: Time demands, travel schedules, procedures for checking for academic conflicts.

O’Heroes – rules and time demands? 

Follow-up after graduation – What happens to UO athletes after they’re done?

NCAA violation reports.

Heads up on coming NCAA legislation and outcomes of Jan convention. Senate/IAC should have input into UO’s position on these matters.

Update on AD efforts to prevent sexual violence.

The Senate did not receive a written report from Gleason until just before (during?) the meeting. Mea Culpa: This was largely due to Harbaugh’s lateness in meeting with Gleason to discuss what info would be most useful for the Senate report.

Harbaugh, taking the gavel after Sullivan’s sudden departure from the meeting, (he’s fine, touch of the flu) suggests to Gleason that he come back after the Senate has had time to digest his written report. Gleason likes this idea, and so does the Senate, which breaks into applause.

The Senate then returns to some additional discussion of the counseling confidentiality policy. Bonine asserts personal privilege to object to something Reed said about him earlier (sorry, I forget what) and Reed’s comments that it is not helpful to rehash the history of the General Counsel office’s botched grab of Jane Doe’s counseling records.

Harbaugh asserts personal privilege to invoke the memory of his father and note that history can be useful. Which is not something I ever thought I would need to say in a University Senate meeting.

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

Max Burns (AAD grad student) gives notice of a motion to object to plans to compel UO freshmen to live on campus, in what some have called a thinly veiled attempt to justify building a new dorm that can be used to house the “IAAF Family” in the style to which they have become accustomed.

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business


5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

The Senate completes another exciting session on time.

Athletics, administration, academic programs — everything’s on the table.

Or is it? At yesterday’s 3PM Senate meeting Provost Coltrane said all units would be asked to plan for a 2% cut, even athletics. At the 1:30PM IAC meeting AAD for Finance Eric Roedl said that President Schill had not asked athletics to make a cut.

Meanwhile the headline above is from UC-Berkeley. Their admistration is working with their Senate to make cuts, as explained in InsideHigherEd, here:

That prognosis had one caveat: that Berkeley continue its strong tradition of shared governance. [University Senate President and Economics Professor Benjamin Hermalin] said he’d been relatively pleased with the level of administrative collaboration and disclosure thus far, and said that must continue in order for the process to succeed.

“Faculty will not accept a top-down solution, and faculty not accepting it will make it impossible to implement,” he said. “That’s not a threat, it’s just the way we work here. And I think everyone understands that, whether they’re an assistant professor or the chancellor.”

Here at UO, we’ve had much more transparency from President Schill than in the past. But no engagement with the Senate about budgeting and academic priorities. And getting basic budget info still requires public records requests:

MOUs Provost, Deans

Initial Request Date: 02/03/2016, Status: Requesting/Reviewing Records

This is a public records request for copies of any MOUs or other agreements between the UO Provost and UO Deans regarding financial commitments or obligations regarding transfers to or from college budgets. This request covers the period of 1/1/2012 to the present.

MOUs Provost, Pres, UO Foundation, Athletics

Initial Request Date: 02/03/2016, Status:  Requesting/Reviewing Records

This is a public records request for copies of any MOUs or other agreements between the UO Provost’s office, UO President’s office, or other UO offices, or the UO Foundation, and the UO athletic department regarding financial commitments or obligations. This request covers the period of 1/1/2009 to the present.


Senate meets at 3PM on course repeats, realignment, AAD, Sports PM

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Browsing Room, Knight Library
Agenda  |  Watch Live

Old business note: Last meeting the Senate spent a lot of time on IT policies, over concerns that there was no clear campus policy governing when administrators could access faculty and staff email. The GCO has now approved a “procedure” for this, here: links to

And while procedures can be changed without notice, this new procedure seems to have satisfied everyone involved as a practical and expedient solution.

DRAFT Senate Meeting Agenda – February 10, 2016

Browsing Room, Knight Library; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:05 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:05 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes 2.1      January 27, 2016

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1      Motion (Policy Proposal): US15/16-15: Course Repeat Policy; Frances White (Anthropology),Academic Council

Great idea, passes unanimously, thanks Frances!

4.2      Motion: Policy Proposal): US15/16-16: Revision of the Membership of the Committee on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; Randy Sullivan (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Senate President

Passes unanimously.

3:50 pm    5.   Open Discussion

5.1       Reallocation of Resources Process and Budget Model; Brad Shelton (Interim Vice President for Research) and Jamie Moffitt (Vice President of Finance &Administration and Chief Financial Officer) – tentative

Sorry, I”m mostly listening not blogging.

Statement from Gina Psaki, from Romance Languages (I’ll post when I get a copy).

Marcus’s 2014 budget memo to Scott, here, from the Presidential Archives

And here’s some national info on this, courtesy of a reader:

At least this time the faculty didn’t have to do anything unlawful to find out what’s up – Schill has some of it posted on the IR website, here. But not everything. Meanwhile, it’s been a week, still no response, for the MOU’s showing where the money has gone:

This is a public records request for copies of any MOUs or other agreements between the UO Provost and UO Deans regarding financial commitments or obligations regarding transfers to or from college budgets.

5.2        US15/16-12: New Program Approval, M.S. Sports Product Design

To be discussed at the next meeting, 2/24.

5.3        US15/16-13: New Program Approval, B.A./B.S. Arts Management

I wanted this held over for 2 weeks so the Academic Council could look at the grade distributions in the AAD courses and the online quality and cheating issues, and the TTF/NTTF imbalance. Here are my notes:

Not in any way disparaging the intellectual quality of the department or the importance of its work.

1) This proposal is at odds with the new emphasis on increasing TTF. Courses will be taught in part by NTTF.

2) Online classes: AAD’s current online classes have very high grades, very popular. AAD has no systems to detect on-line cheating, verify identity.

The budget  model gives strong incentives for these classes and adding a major: $141 per SCH, $1660 per major, $1559 per degree.

The fact that these are classified as Gen Ed 1 and MC classes takes students away from Hum – part of the strong incentives from the budget model – too strong.

Summarizing: AAD should deal with these online course issues and the TTF/NTTF imbalance before adding a new major.

And I put up the data on the grade distributions for the 75 largest UO classes,

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More later, but the AAD major proposal passed overwhelmingly

5.4        Confidentiality of Student Health Care and Survivors’ Services Information policy

No time.

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

7.1       US15/16-xx: Confidentiality of Student Health Care and Survivors’ Services Information policy

7.2       US15/15-xx: Change membership of Graduate Council to include member from the Committee on

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

UO Senate meets today on IT, ethics, diversity. 3PM in Knight Library

The agenda is below, I’ll try and live-blog some. Video here. The IDEAL framework is UO’s latest attempt at a diversity plan. Read it.

In other diversity news, UO’s former Diversity Director Charles Martinez will be at the Eugene City Club on Friday, with a panel of UO minority student leaders. Looks very interesting, follow the link for more information and bios.

The Neglected Few: Students of Color and Their Experience on the UO Campus

Guest Speakers:
Perla Alvarez (MEChA: Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan)
Dante Haruna (QTPOC: Queer-Trans People of Color)
Shaniece Curry (BWA: Black Women of Achievement)
Gerald Jakabosky, Co Director (APASU: Asian Pacific American Student Union)

Program Coordinator: Lisa Arkin

This panel of University of Oregon undergraduate student leaders represents diverse organizations dedicated to supporting students of color on campus. The groups serve as hubs for students of color to meet and plan events and programs that advance efforts to educate the community about diversity on campus.

The first questioner will be Dr. Charles Martinez, Department Head and Professor for Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, University of Oregon.

And an anonymous reader points us to this National Review report mocking UO students for debating the MLK quote in the EMU. I wonder what William F. Buckley thinks about the fact that the magazine he founded is now posting click-bait that ridicules college students for debating serious questions about race and gender?

Fortunately UO student reporter Macy Hyland has a more intelligent article about the debate, in the Daily Emerald here:

Laurie Woodward, the Director of the Student Union said that when she approached the union with the question of if they wanted to keep the current MLK quote or supplement a new one, one of the students asked, “Does the MLK quote represent us today?”

… Woodward says she has no idea if the quote will change again in the near future, but she’s merely excited that important discussions like this are being held on campus again. “What words are is important,” she says, “but what’s more important is that people think about what the words should be.”

Browsing Room, Knight Library; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:05 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:05 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1      January 13, 2016

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1      Motion (Policy Proposal): US 15/16-10: IT Security policies; Colin Koopman (Philosphy), Senator

Colin Koopman (Philosophy) worked with Will Laney from IT and a Senate workgroup to revise the original emergency policies, which had some issues, particularly regarding administrators access to faculty and staff emails.

Q from Ahlen: Impetus was an incident regarding admin access to staff emails. SEIU cannot consent to this policy as is. Taylor explains that the impetus was that, during a union grievance, an HR employee authorized full read-write access to the employees email by an administrator. SEIU won the grievance, and we need to have that codified before we endorse this policy.

Laney: I agree we need to have this in the procedure, GC’s office tells me they will have a draft of that tomorrow.

Taylor: We need to have language requiring a “compelling business need” to access employees email.

And things get interesting …

Koopman: We can pass these as policies now, and if the procedures then do not come back with email protection you can come back to the Senate.

Motion to postpone fails, motion to approve policies passes.

Let’s hope the email procedure is solid.

4.2      Motion: Policy Proposal): US15/16-11: Code of Ethics; Randy Sullivan (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Senate President

The original policy came to us via OUS and Chuck Triplett, and was pretty bad. Randy dropped all their language, and wrote this. I’m no ethicist, but it’s a huge improvement.

Lovinger (Architecture) Proposes amendment to include environmental sustainability. Harbaugh opposes on the grounds we shouldn’t draft language on the floor. Amendment fails, policy passes.

3:50 pm    5.   Open Discussion 

Review of IDEAL Framework; Sari Pascoe, Office of Equity & Inclusion

Here’s a link to the final version of UO’s 2006 Diversity plan. This was sent to the Senate by President Frohnmayer and approved after a contentious set of meetings, during which it came out that the administration had agree to hire a diversity director and prepare a diversity plan as part of the legal settlement with Joe Wade, an African-American administrator who had sued Frohnmayer and Provost John Moseley for discrimination in hiring. Frohnmayer had kept this hidden from the faculty and even from the person he hired as Diversity Director.

That diversity director left, and was replaced by Charles Martinez (Education). After faculty complaints about the text and the process, Martinez heavily revised the plan and Frohnmayer brought it to the Senate. There was a healthy debate, the minutes are here. One snippet:

Senator Chris Ellis, economics, then rose to oppose the motion. He felt everyone in the room believed diversity was a good thing because they cared about some of the underlying problems in our society. However, Senator Ellis felt that the current plan was fundamentally and logically flawed, and as such, could not achieve its goals. He noted that there was a large body of literature on the economics of education and he introduced some issues raised in that literature. One issue is that economically disadvantaged people historically do poorly in education, and Blacks and Hispanics have been historically poor, thus there are not enough persons in these underrepresented groups to fill the “pipeline” to become college undergraduates and graduates from which to make hires. He suggested the proposed plan does not address the pipeline issue. He concluded by noting that there is a large bureaucracy with a large budget devoted to diversity already, and he was concerned about resource questions. He proposed putting our resources into resolving the pipeline issue.

The plan was approved. It included a very expansive definition of diversity, and explicit recognition that “diversity of thought” was of primary interest to the university, given our academic mission. Income and class and political beliefs were also included:

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The language in the newly proposed 2015-16 diversity plan, here, is much less inclusive, focusing on race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status:

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Sullivan: I asked VP Alex-Assensoh what the Senate could do to help with diversity, she asked us to get involved in the IDEAL process.

More on the OEI page here.

[Sorry, I’m listening not blogging.]

Psaki: Concerned about the faculty review part. During bargaining, the faculty union was concerned that some faculty, particularly women and minorities, where not being recognized or rewarded for their work on equity and inclusion. The union and the administration agreed to language on this. In contrast this plan imposes a new unfunded time-mandate on all faculty, which was explicitly not part of what we agreed to.

Sullivan: The Senate will post this plan for discussion, and this is an example of the sorts of issues that should be raised.

Sullivan: Strategies for expediting the policy rollover.

We’re wasting way to much faculty, staff, administrator, and Senate time looking at policies and not enough on our core academic mission. [A cynic might say this is exactly why the board and administration decided to do policy-by-policy review.] Randy has some plans to speed things up and get us back to the basics.

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

6.1        Intertinstitutional Faculty Senate (IFS), January 22-23, 2016; Robert Kyr, Immediate UO Senate Past President, and incoming IFS President.

IFS is the umbrella organization for Senates from Oregon publics. After Lariviere’s firing, it was Join or Die. We joined, and now it’s great to know Kyr will be coordinating.

6.2        New Data on Student Credit Hours and Instructional Staffing; Provost Scott Coltrane

Coltrane: We’ve got data. [Yumm!]. Let’s look at a randomly chosen department, say, Economics:

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61% more Student Credit Hours, 7% more TT Faculty. Hmm. 100% more NTTF, but that was from a base of 1. So be careful interpreting these figures for your own department.

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

7.1         Course Repeat Policy

7.2         New M.S. Program in Sports Product Design

7.3         New B.A./B.S. Program in Arts Management, AAD

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

Schill and Coltrane at Senate meeting to consult on strategic plans

Agenda here. Video should be posted here in a day or two. My battery died so live-blogging stopped after a little of the Q&A, sorry.

Cocktail party version of the 1/13/2015 Senate meeting:

President Schill and Provost Coltrane provided a clear justification for the realignment of resources towards what counts for the AAU and for research/teaching excellence.  They outlined the plan and promised to implement their realignment proposals on the basis of data, and with plenty of consultation with the faculty, OA’s, and staff, in order to incorporate knowledge that’s not in the data.

Schill got many tough questions – though none about athletics money or the diversion of students from CAS humanities and some social-science fields into new professional school gen-ed courses and new undergrad programs in law, AAD etc. He gave straightforward answers. He promised more information than has ever been provided to the faculty before, both in terms of staffing numbers and budget data showing where the money has been going. I think he’s as curious as we are. We were told it would be posted on the IR website over the next few days and weeks.

Best of the Q&A: Schill: I’m not a robot, I don’t make all decisions by the numbers, I assume that’s why you wanted me. Or not. Professor: We want you.

As for Coltrane? It was as if he’d been released from a long, dark spell:

Now the hard part starts.

Senate Agenda, Library Browsing Room, Knight Library

3:00 pm Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:05 pm 1. Call to Order

3:05 pm 2. Approval of Minutes

2.1 December 2, 2015

3:15 pm 4. New Business

4.1 IFS Election

Candidates: Robert Kyr (Music), Dejing Dou (Computer and Information Science)

The IFS meets regularly with the HECC. The IFS website is here:

Kyr elected unanimously.

5.1 Topics: The President’s recent letter to the campus and the strategic plan.

President Schill’s letter  to faculty here. Letter to admins below.

Schill: We’re asking donors and state and students to pay more, we have an obligation to do more and spend money wisely. Short run, need savings to get $4M for new tenure track faculty. Long run, need to redo Shelton’s budget model. We’ll do both, in consultation with colleges, departments, Senate.

Pitches centralization as way of saving money and increasing accountability, starting with Communications and IT.

Promises transparency. Work in progress – we’re telling you now, before plans are developed in detail, to prove it.

The message is not cuts. We’re going to growing and getting better, facing the future optimistically, investing in graduate education and undergraduate success. Not retrenchment – reallocation of resources, to ensure future eminence.

Letter to admins:

January 13, 2006

To: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost
Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance & Administration & CFO
Mike Andreasen, Vice President for Advancement
Kyle Henley, Vice President for Communication
Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
Kevin Reed, Vice President and General Counsel
Brad Shelton, Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
Roger Thompson, Vice President for Enrollment Management
Robin Holmes, Vice President for Student Life

From: Michael Schill, President

Re: Central Administrative Budget Cuts

Date: January 13, 2016

As you are aware from our conversations and my recent message to campus, it is imperative that we look for ways to better align our limited resources with the institution’s strategic priorities for academic excellence. To that end, we have dedicated significant recurring funding to tenure track faculty hires and the new clusters of excellence, as well as student retention and graduation initiatives. Additionally, while our budgets are tight, growing costs and investments in the area of labor agreements, health care costs, IT infrastructure, Title IX, and PERS are going to put additional pressure on our limited resources. For this reason, this spring I am launching a two-stage process to reduce our central administrative cost base.

The first step will involve a two percent direct cut on all general fund central administrative budgets, effective July 1, 2016 (FY2017). Given current administrative budget levels, I expect this cut to generate nearly $3 million of recurring funding that can be reinvested in institutional strategic priorities. I know and understand that our current staffing levels are lean and that it will be difficult to implement this cut. However, I expect each of you to look strategically in your portfolios and determine the best way to manage this budget reduction. I do not expect you to simply impose a two percent budget cut evenly across your units. Instead, I expect you to assess your operations for savings that will have the least impact on our core strategic objectives.

As we strategically align our general fund resources, it is critical that we pay attention to our students’ total cost of education. For this reason, it is important that we do not simply shift expenses to auxiliary funds. While this may be a less painful way in the short term to address the general fund cut, it will ultimately lead to higher fees and costs charged to our students.

In addition to implementing this two percent cut, I also expect vice presidents to actively manage their portfolio budgets to best align their resources with the institution’s strategic objectives: (1) building our academic and research profile, (2) keeping our university affordable to students and ensuring their success, and (3) creating a rich undergraduate experience in a diverse and inclusive community. I will be scheduling a series of review meetings the week of March 14 to discuss (1) your critical strategic initiatives for FY17, (2) how you have aligned resources to meet these goals, and (3) what steps you took to achieve the two percent budget savings in your portfolio.

In addition to the immediate, direct administrative budget cut, I also am launching an initiative to assess opportunities for longer term administrative cost savings based on targeted projects focused on centralization of services, strategic sourcing, and business process redesign. While these savings will take longer to capture, our goal will be to identify the equivalent of another three percent (roughly $4.5 million) of additional administrative cost savings over the next two to three years.

The budget office is currently updating BANNER budgets to account for changes related to the recent salary increase process, as well as updates to PEBB costs. Once these budgets are loaded, we will distribute updated general fund figures, as well as data regarding the exact size of the two percent budget cut for each Vice Presidential portfolio. If you have any questions about these figures, please contact Jamie Moffitt.

Provost Coltrane:

Introduces 5-year Strategic Plan, here.  Explains that the CAS realignment followed below will be implemented in other colleges. Will get similar data for other colleges out soon. Will post these data on IR website. Preliminary, focus is on getting info out soon to identify problems, allow consultation.

There will also be a similar process for administrative departments. Budget model redesign will be led by Brad Shelton, with consultation with Senate.

Resources will be reallocated to make us a stronger research university. We will add money for 40 new fellowships, most for PhDs. Money will be available now, for this years recruiting of grad students for fall.

CAS example:

CAS Dean Andrew Marcus letter here.

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Check full letter for breakout by CAS division.

No reduction in the total number of GTF lines, but there will be reallocations across departments.


Margerum (AAA): Wondering how AAU metrics work for departments like his w/ no PhD students. Schill. Goal is excellence, we’re not a slave to metrics, but we’d like to increase # of PhD students. Different metrics for different departments – e.g. Law, MBA… . Coltrane: Our first focus is PhD’s though.

Clemmons (Business): Big revenue stream is CA undergrads. Is that changing? Schill: Yes, that is how we’ve subsidized Oregon students. Oregon students are key for us. But there’s a dip in Oregon HS students coming, might see some changes but no plans as of now. Demand for students is robust, in part because of athletics. [Serves up anecdote about admissions even at Alamo Bowl… Yes, if you recruit students at a bowl game, students will tell you that they care about the Ducks.]

Psaki (Romance Lang): Letter talked about poorly performing programs and excellence. What are the criteria for distinguishing this, and wouldn’t past resource allocation matter to what deptartments are now pocketed with excellence? Schill: That will be done by provost and the deans we are now hiring. That said I’d look at research productivity, teaching awards…. UO has done so much with so little … Psaki: yes. Schill: Only thing that would get me mad would be a department that thinks it’s “good enough”. Psaki: I know lots of UO humanities departs that are fabulous. I read – or tried to read – Coltrane’s Strategic Plan. Doesn’t seem like lots of room for humanities. How did it happen that these are not institutional priorities? Our “yield rates” are low because we have $13.5K fellowships while other schools have $23.5?

Schill: Maybe I should shut up, but I’m not a robot, don’t make all decisions by the numbers, I assume that’s why you wanted me. Come talk to me. Psaki: Yes, we want you.

[Sorry, battery dying, no more live blog.]

4:45 pm 6. Reports

4:45 pm 7. Notice(s) of Motion

4:45 pm 8. Other Business

5:00 pm 9. Adjournment


President Schill will be at the Senate meeting this Wednesday, 3-5PM in the Knight Library browsing room, to answer questions about the budget realignment letter he sent out Friday (post and comments here.) My takeaway is that the realignment is about keeping us in the AAU short-term, by shifting money towards research, more tenure-track faculty, and more grad student fellowships. Some pain will come with the gains.

Strategic Plan:

UO’s last plan was former Interim Provost Jim Bean’s 2009 Academic Plan – a yada-yada document that was so completely ignored nobody even noticed that it was never finalized. I don’t think our new leadership is going to let us down like that. They’ve been busy drafting plans to get UO back on track, and they’ve now started the process of presenting those plans to the university, getting feedback, and finalizing and implementing them.

Presumably Provost Coltrane will also be at this meeting, to answer questions about the 5-year Strategic Framework plan he developed in consultation with faculty, and released this afternoon. That’s longer run, and Coltrane is pretty clear that with current resource constraints much of it is aspirational. The website is here. The 11 page draft document is here:

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Senate meets 3-4:30PM Wed in Browsing Room, then BOT reception

Synopsis: The UO Senate:

a) voted to let the Faculty Advisory Council keep having its confidential meetings with the President,

b) sent a warning shot across the bow of UOPD Chief Carolyn McDermed on community policing (rumor has it that McDermed will be leaving in June), and

c) had a successful meet and greet with the UO Trustees and JH leadership.

The latter on the initiative of President Schill, who seems to have a good grasp of the important role of cocktail parties in effective shared governance. Rob Mullens even showed up – something he won’t do for an IAC meeting.

12/2/2015: Topics include approval of new courses and more debate on FAC confidentiality. The meeting ends at 4:25 for a reception hosted by President Schill from 4:30 – 6:00 pm in the Susie Papé Room of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Remember, if you can’t make this meeting you can send a substitute – details here

DRAFT: Senate Meeting Agenda – December 2, 2015 – 

Browsing Room, Knight Library; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:10 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:10 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes. 2.1      November 11, 2015

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       IFS Election (third UO Senator and member of statutory faculty)
Candidates so far: Robert Kyr (Music), Nathan Tublitz (Biology), Dejing Dou (Computer and Information Science

Postponed til Jan.

4.2       US15/16-09: Approval of Curriculum Report, Fall Term 2015; Frances White (Anthropology), Chair of UO Committee on Courses

Approved unanimously.

4.3      Motion: Extension of US14/15-92: Regarding Negotiations on Recent Senate Legislation; Bill Harbaugh (Economics), Senator

Postponed until Jan.

4.4       US15/16-06 (Legislation – Returning): Revision of Faculty Advisory’s charge and exemption fromSenate Open Meetings rule; Committee on Committees

Passes after a long discussion.

4.5       US15/16/-04 (Resolution – Returning): Improving Effectiveness of the UO Police Department; Frank Stahl (Biology) and John Nicols (History), Emeritus

Embattled Police Chief McDermed shows up. Supports general notion, says police need a balance between community policing and the physical deterrent of a police car with sirens. Reports that use of police cars has saved two lives – one on campus, one in Spencer view.

Senator McIntire asks why the Senate is dealing with this. Not an academic matter. Sullivan explains that for a resolution, Senate can take up anything. Psaki argues it’s an important matter for campus climate, which in turn matters for academics.

Ahlen: Would like more clarity about police policy in general, now that McDermed is here.

Burns (student): As an RA, thinks UOPD has been very helpful with safety in the dorms. But knows that many students do not feel safe with the fact that the police are armed, would prefer unarmed campus safety. Asks McDermed to comment.

McDermed: We are trying to get out of cars more, learn about campus.

Frazee: At orientation, parents are quite relieved to learn that we have armed police who can respond quickly by vehicles.

Hansen: Puts in pitch for police using hoverboards.

Nicols: Frank Stahl and I know that there are many controversial issues with police. This is a start.

Question is called. Resolution passes with a slight majority.

4:30, Meeting adjourns.

4:30 pm    5.   Open Discussion

5.1        Topics: President Schill’s proposal for ensuring access and success:

1. Expand number of Tenure-Track faculty on campus
2. Access & Affordability
3. Great Student Experience

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment


Pretty packed agenda. Summer session changes look good. Substitute Senator motion should go smoother the 4th time around. Who the hell knows what’s in the policy repeals except Triplett? The police motion unfortunately comes well short of calling for real reform – starting with replacing Chief McDermed – but it’s a start.

The motion to keep Faculty Advisory Council meetings confidential will get lots of discussion (see below and in the comments) and will I hope then pass. My position?

Any president needs a group of people they can brainstorm with, try out ideas, and discuss things like potential donations and personnel changes, without having to worry it will show up in the papers, or some nasty muckraking blog. If we don’t pass this I assume Schill will stop coming to FAC meetings and set up his own confidential advisory group.

Approving this legislation means we ensure that the faculty (and OA’s) elect the people who give the president confidential advice. Voting against it means that JH will hand-pick them.

I was elected to the IAC in 2010, so I was on it through two of UO’s more disastrous recent years. Now that was an education. (Full disclosure: I was elected again for this year, and I’m also ex-officio as Senate VP.)

So one final reason to vote for this legislation is that anyone can run for the FAC, get elected, and learn how universities function, or don’t. The more faculty who understand universities, the better for the faculty and for the universities. Although the OA’s are probably more important.

Senate Meeting Agenda – November 11, 2015, Browsing Room, Knight Library; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:10 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:10 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1      October 21, 2015

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       US14/15-40 (Legislation – Returning): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

Passes unanimously.

4.2       US15/16-05 (Policy Proposal): Proposed Changes to Summer Term Calendar; Frances White (Anthropology), Co-Chair of the Academic Council

Mike Price (Math): Thank you Frances! Passes unanimously.

4.3       US15/16-07 (Policy Proposal): Repeal of IMDs 2.001-015 University System Curricula; Senate Executive Committee

Bonine: Amends to note that the UO Charter gives the faculty jurisdiction over curricula. Board of course has ultimate authority. Amendment and motion pass unanimously.

4.4       US15/16-08 (Policy Proposal): Repeal of OUS 05 Accreditation Reports; Senate Executive Committee

This one goes sideways. Poorly written motion from Triplett requires revision on the floor. Ahlen blows the whistle. Triplett claims the Senate has gotten too specific about motion wording in recent years, no need to give the UO policy number when repealing a policy. (How odd. Last year Triplett was saying we were too loose with the rules.) Effort to postpone to rewrite fails. I point out UO’s accreditation website is out of date. Hubin disagrees, but also says it will be updated shortly. Motion to repeal passes.

4.5       US15/16-06 (Legislation): Revision of Faculty Advisory Council’s charge and exemption from Senate Open Meetings rule; Bill Harbaugh (Economics), Chair of Committee on Committees

Lots of good discussion from Stahl and the Senators. Time runs out, we lose the quorum. Discussion will resume Dec. 2.

4.6       US15/16-04 (Resolution): Improving Effectiveness of the UO Police Department; Frank Stahl (Biology, Emeritus) and John Nicols (History, Emeritus), Statutory Faculty

No time.

4:30 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

11/10/2015: Frank Stahl’s reasons for open FAC meetings

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UO Senate meeting, Wed in 128 CHILES

That’s Chiles. Part of the B-School. Across Kincaid from the “Duckstore”, behind the hotdog stand. AVP for Collaboration Chuck Triplett will be taking attendance, so don’t ditch this one.

I did a little live-blogging below.

Senate Meeting Agenda – October 21, 2015. Agenda  |  Watch Live [Not working]

Rm 128, Chiles; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Introductory Remarks, Senate President Randy Sullivan

3:10 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:10 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes 

2.1       October 7, 2015

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       Approve Committee on Committees members and call for volunteers for 2015-2016: Robert Kyr (Music), Anne Laskaya (English), Jennifer Ellis (Business), Gordon Sayre (English), Laura Leete (PPPM), Deborah Baumgold (Political Science).

Approved unanimously.

4.2        Motion (Legislation): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

Confusion about which of several circulating versions is on the floor. Postponed until next meeting with one nay.

4.3        Motion (Policy Proposal): US14/15-66: Hiring of Academic Executive Administrators; Senate Executive Committee

4.4        Motion (Policy Proposal): US14/15-67: Review of Academic Executive Administrators; Senate Executive Committee

President Schill has agreed to discuss strengthening Senate and faculty input into hiring and search. Ad Hoc committee of Harbaugh, Kyr, and Rowe will meet with administration to revise these. Therefore move to postpone vote until January. Unanimous.

S.1       [SUSPENSION OF RULES] Motion (Resolution): Support for the IFS Resolution Addressing Violence in our Schools; Robert Kyr (Music), Immediate Past President

Craig Parsons (Poli Sci) raises good question about what sorts of resolutions the Senate should vote on. Argues that it depends on how closely the topic approaches “academic matters”. Argues that the topic of school shootings does not come close enough. Uses earthquakes as an example. Should Senate approve anti-earthquake motion?

No, but a resolution about tearing down PLC before it collapses in an earthquake and wipes out the Poli Sci, Soc and English professors, not to mention the economists, would clearly be in the Senate’s purview.

Psaki, Walker, etc. back up Kyr on this. Walker very effectively, on point that threats of violence harm academic freedom.

Koopman says that he’s not opposed to taking stands like this, but Senate also needs to spend time and energy on policy changes.

Cramer: These votes matter to students, are part of our educational mission.

Price (Math) points out that UO Constitution addresses resolutions on “university issues” which this clearly is.

Parsons argues that Senators are selected to be representative of UO academic disciplines, but not on basis of political beliefs.

Passes unanimously.  Whoops, Parsons didn’t understand abstentions, he now votes no.

4:30 pm    5.   Open Discussion

5.1        Topics: Full participation of Senators and the UO Community in Senate Deliberations. Progress of Motions.

4:45 pm    6.   Reports

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

8.1       Announcement of special election for PTRAC and FPC.

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

Today: UO Senate meets at 3PM. Schill, Freyd, Kyr, Bonine to speak

Post hoc summary: New Senate Pres Randy Sullivan ran a tight meeting. Large turnout, New UO President Mike Schill did not disappoint.

Note that this is in the Library browsing room. Professor Freyd’s slides from her 2015 survey of UO campus sexual violence are below. This should be very interesting.

Usual live-blog disclaimer: My opinion of what was said, meant, or should have been said. Nothing is a quote unless in quotes.

Senate Meeting Agenda – October 7, 2015

Knight Library, Browsing Room; 3:00-5:00 pm

3:00 pm    Brief Intro to Parliamentary Procedure by Paul Simonds, Parliamentarian

3:05 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:05 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1       May 27, 2015 and June 3, 2015

3:10 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Remarks by President Schill with questions

Key points: Need 80-100 tenure-track faculty. Need to improve graduation rates and speed. There will be tuition increases, money spent on advising, grants to students for completion. Cost of this for students is small relative to the benefits of getting done on time. Also more Pathways money for good in-state low income students. Everyone needs to understand that and stop focusing on the tuition rack-rate to the exclusion of other issues.

New VPGC Kevin Reed. Will focus on improving trust with faculty and state by fixing public records disaster.

Shout out to Prof. Freyd for her work on sexual violence prevention. He actually seems like he means it, unlike some past presidents and interims.

Shout out to the unions. Last thing he wanted to do was start off with a long fight with faculty. That didn’t happen, thanks to union and Schill.

State funding is 47th of states. We’re not giving up on state, but our alumni will be main resources. Last year 76% of fundraising was for academics.

New, new, new , new budget model. RCM model without resources is difficult. Tough for humanities, which students need badly. Likely to move towards more central control by Provost Coltrane w/in next 6 months.

IT: Need stable secure system. Consultants are working on it.

“Our administration procedures are incredibly inefficient.” “It’s just crazy.” “Part of our problem is decentralization.” Never seen anything like it. “It’s waste at the administrative level.” “We don’t even know how many faculty we have”.

Very excited in working with Senate – but under our constitution that is limited to academic matters. “Very very important that as we move forward that we respect the separation of powers.” Senate should not be legislating about athletics.

Too critical a moment for us to seek out issues that divide us.

“I need you, I want you, I implore you to be partner as we move forward.”


Dellabough: How do we navigate academic matters split when things like working conditions impact academics?

Schill: Tough to draw line. Degrees, curriculum, most admissions decisions. [Like admissions of athletes that don’t meet normal academic standards?] On other issues you may have strong views,but not full information. If you send me legislation like that athletics stuff, I’ll just turn it back. I’d encourage Senate not to use resolutions and legislations to challenge me. Challenge me to my face instead. I’m not afraid of engaging.

Unlike Scott Coltrane, I will make a lot of mistakes, and admit to them. Please don’t assume the worst of me when I do, and I won’t assume the worst of you.

Cramer: We’ve had a huge push for online classes. Really hurts quality. I think Senate should take it up. What do you think?

Schill: Yes. Can be good, can be done badly. Usually is, but not always. Might help us reach graduation goals. Senate should take this up.

Bonine: UO Senate includes students, staff, administrators. Senate’s jurisdiction is “academic matters as commonly understood”. We all agree on that. We all need to work together so that disagreements on this occur at the beginning, not at the end.

Schill: Agreed. Appreciate the fact that you gave 2 weeks notice on counseling confidentiality. That was very appropriate.

Price: With regard to 4-year graduation, do you foresee the administration getting involved in classes that have low pass rates?

Schill: “What are you doing to those poor kids” taking calculus? I’m going to be involved, Coltrane too. Get data first, collaborate on answers.

Dreiling: Second Bonine’s call for process to deal with disputes about definition of academic matters. Important from both directions. Senate needs to keep eye on what administration is doing. For example, the latest budget model? Consult with SBC?

Schill: We will consult, just not now at beginning of process. [Uhh,…]

All in all a refreshingly direct talk and back and forth with the Senate. He’s pretty funny too. Era of good feelings continues.

6.    Reports

6.1       [SUSPENSION OF RULES]: Report on Campus Sexual Violence Jennifer Freyd (Psychology)

Follow the link for all the slides, I’m listening not blogging.

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DeSautel: Notes high degree of reported harassment of graduates students, including harassment by faculty. UO has a problematic policy on this. [Not to mention enforcement, from the notoriously incompetent AAEO Director Penny Daugherty.]

Frazee: Check and for more on what UO is doing.

Stabile: Last night was “bid night” for the fraternities and sororities. We tried to move this back til later in the year. Simple change. We failed, despite a year of work. This failure is on all of us.

3:45 pm    4.   New Business

S.1      [SUSPENSION OF RULES] Motion (Resolution): In Support of UCC Survivors and a Call to Action Regarding School Violence; Robert Kyr, Immediate Past President of the University Senate

Section I

1.1 WHEREAS one week ago, on Thursday, October 1, 2015, a horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (70 miles to the south of the University of Oregon) resulted in the deaths of one faculty member, eight students, and the shooter, who was a UCC student [Please see “Background” below.];

1.2 WHEREAS we have a history of experiencing serious incidents of violence in the Eugene-Springfield community, such as the Thurston High School shooting on Thursday, May 21, 1998, as well as other violent behaviors, such as sexual violence in our university community, and other reprehensible forms of aggression and assault;

1.3 WHEREAS, regrettably, these deplorable events are not being covered by the media nor discussed in public forums in an ongoing, substantive manner that will lead to meaningful action to prevent violence in our schools and in our learning communities;

Section II

2.1 THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate offers its deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, and to the survivors of the UCC shooting and to all those whose lives have been directly affected by this tragedy;

2.2 BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate expresses its gratitude to University President Michael Schill for his quick and compassionate response to the shooting, in particular, by offering support to the families of the victims and to the survivors through University of Oregon services on an ongoing basis [Please see President Schill’s letter under “Background” below.];

2.3 BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate encourages President Schill to continue to offer services to the families of the victims and to the survivors of the UCC shooting for a considerable period into the future, since the healing process is lengthy and continuing support by institutions that have professional resources is essential and greatly needed;

2.4 BE IT MOVED that the University of Oregon Senate charges Immediate Past President Robert Kyr to pursue effective vehicles for ongoing substantive discussion and meaningful action regarding the urgent topics covered above, in particular, through the offices that he currently holds in the Oregon Interinstitutional Faculty Senate (IFS) and the PAC12 Academic Leadership Coalition, and through engaging the UO Senate in the process of addressing these crucial matters for our university community, as appropriate.

Passes unanimously.

4.1       Motion (Legislation): To Promote Representative Attendance at Senate Meetings; Senate Executive Committee

Postponed to next meeting due to shortage of time.

4.2       Motion (Resolution): Confidentiality of Student’s Counseling Records; John Bonine (Law), Senator

Passes with 2 nayes.

4:45 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:45 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

Several, but I forget details.

4:45 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

On time.

Rob Kyr’s remarks on completing 4 tough years of extraordinary university service.

Co-Creating Our University through Shared Governance

Remarks by Robert Kyr, Outgoing Senate President

Delivered on June 4, 2015 to the University of Oregon Board of Trustees

Thank you for the opportunity to offer my remarks to you today, as I complete my
most recent term as Senate President, having also held that office in 2011-2012 and
2012-2013. I want to begin by thanking each one of you, as members of the Board of
Trustees, for your devoted service to our university, and for working with the Senate in
a collaborative and productive manner in order to achieve the highest good for the
institution that we care about so deeply.

Please know that each one of you is greatly respected for your expertise, for your
wisdom, and for your leadership. We are grateful for all of the time and effort that you
are devoting to the ongoing task of furthering the academic excellence of the University
of Oregon and we are dedicated to working closely with you in order to fulfill our
obligations and responsibilities, and to achieve our goals through shared governance.
Yesterday, the Senate convened for its final meeting of the 2014-2015 academic year,
which was one of the most challenging and momentous periods in the history of our
university. At the beginning of the meeting, I made remarks as the outgoing Senate
President, which I would like to share with you now. The title of this set of remarks is
“Co-Creating Our University through Shared Governance.”

Remarks to the Senate at its final convening of the year (June 3, 2015)
“Today, we come to the end of a four-year journey, which began in November 2011
with the firing of President Richard Lariviere, and now, we begin a new journey that is
necessitated by the circumstances of our times. In those former days, that one decision
of the State Board of Higher Education triggered a series of events that changed our
university forever. And a host of other life-changing decisions and legislative initiatives
quickly followed:

• The decision of Richard Lariviere to sign both the University Constitution and Policy
on Policies prior to leaving office;
• The decision of the faculty to unionize;
• The decision of the state legislature to allow our university to have its own Board of
Trustees, a so-called independent governing board;
• The decision of a Provost and a President to step down;
• The decision to undertake an extensive policy realignment that is regulated in part by
our revised Policy on Policies.

And I could go on for quite a long time recounting our four-year history that at many
points along the way has felt like a twenty-year history. As a Senate that represents the
entire university—faculty, students, Officers of Administration, Officers of Research,
and Classified Staff—our role in the transformation of the university has been
demanding, at times overwhelming, and at times exhausting. However, it has always
been worth every ounce of effort that we have devoted to fulfilling our obligations and

For just a moment, let us reflect together on the actions of our University Senate since
2001. I’ve prepared two graphs that illustrate the course of our journey over a thirteen-
year period.

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The upper graph gives us a picture of our Senate activity since 2001 in regard to “Senate
Motions Carried per Year,” while the lower graph is a picture of “Senate Motions
Carried per Meeting,” which was calculated by dividing the number of motions
approved in one year by the number of meetings in that year.

These two pictures of our activity reveal a continual upward trend of Senate activity
since 2009, and particularly since 2011, during a period when our university has faced
the greatest challenges in its history. I think that the message is clear: our University
Senate has more than stepped up to meet the needs of our university and to face the
most significant challenges that continue to face us.

And we would be remiss not to list just a few of the major pieces of legislation that have
been passed since 2011, the “year of the firing”:

• Ratification of the University Constitution;
• Ratification of the Policy on Policies;
• Revision of the Student Conduct Code;
• Policy on Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech;
• Legislation on Open Committees;
• Legislation for the Creation of an Ombuds Program;
• Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support;
• The Policy Realignment with all of its dedicated workgroups;
• New Program Approvals;
• And too many other significant pieces of legislation to name during this brief set of

We have not merely been active and committed as a Senate, but we have focused our
attention on the very most important challenges that face our university. Together, we
have strived to find solutions through our system of shared governance for the
principal challenges that we face, and in many cases, that we continue to face. Our work
is ongoing, and given the upward trend of the energy and commitment of this
legislative body, it is not difficult to predict that we will continue to fulfill our
obligations to our institution, to each of our constituencies, to ourselves as individuals,
and most importantly, to our students.

As challenging as these past four years have been, as an eternal optimist, I see them as
an incredible gift to us. Through whatever inexplicable workings of fate, we have been
offered a series of amazing opportunities to co-create our institution in a way that
promises to be transformative and visionary. As I have often said, the Senate and its
committee structure, which provides 15,800 hours of service per year, is the engine of
the university.

The Senate is not some random collection of constituencies or merely a rag-tag assembly
of unrelated individuals. From year to year, it is an ever-evolving community, and a
family that faces all of the challenges that come with being a family. Above all, though,
we are a single body of individuals devoted to the work of attaining the highest good
for all concerned. In our common striving and seeking, we embody the spirit of change,
the spirit of transformation, and the spirit of that measure of devotion, which is
essential to reaching for the truth, for greater understanding, and for self-determination.
It is the last item—self-determination—that is perhaps at the heart of our journey. In
order to fully determine our own future, rather than taking the path that others might
force upon us, we must continually renew our commitment to shared governance.
Through this effort, we reinvigorate our will to to co-create this university that we love
so deeply.

I want to thank each and every one of you—and also those listening to the Senate
meeting today via web-streaming—for your efforts to work together through shared
governance to co-create the university of our hopes and of our most profound dreams.
In the coming year, we will certainly continue with the strategic planning process that
was initiated this year. The shape of our future will be determined by the degree to
which all of us participate in this endeavor. I strongly encourage everyone to join in this
ongoing process in collaboration with our new President and our returning Provost.
As the seat of shared governance, the Senate, which represents the entire university, is
stronger than ever and more than ready to address the remaining challenges that we
face during this time of great transformation. My deepest thanks to each one of you for
your devotion and dedication to fulfilling our obligations and responsibilities within
our system of shared governance. And beyond that, my gratitude for your willingness
to give the very best of yourselves on a daily basis to ensure that our university thrives
and truly achieves the highest good for all concerned. Given the dedication and
devotion that each of you has demonstrated so often in our work together, I have no
doubt that we will succeed in co-creating the university that is the truest realization of
our vision, our ideals, and our most deeply held values.”

With gratitude to the University of Oregon Board of Trustees
In closing, I want to thank each one of you, as Trustees of our university, for your
greatly appreciated service and for your commitment to co-creating the University of
Oregon as a truly exceptional institution of higher learning. The Senate looks forward
to working with you in a collaborative way in order to fulfill the educational mission
of our institution.

And a brief editorial: My thanks to Rob Kyr

Professor Rob Kyr (Music), who stepped down as UO Senate President on Wednesday, became UO Senate President in June 2011. I’d never heard of the man. When I googled him, I discovered he was a full professor of music composition and theory, and “one of the most prolific American composers of his generation”.  Hmm. I thought that would sure point to a quiet year in the Senate. But then George Pernsteiner and Matt Donegan decided to fire UO President Richard Lariviere.

It quickly became clear that Rob Kyr was also an adept politician, a great public speaker, an organizer with an bottomless willingness to work for a cause he believed in, and that he had a flexible and creative mind that could embrace both expedient compromises and unyielding principles.

Rob Kyr used all these skills to keep the UO faculty together during the 4 tumultuous years that have followed the Lariviere firing. No one else could have done it.

Thank you Rob, for your work, and your inspiration.

Be there: Final Senate meeting today, Wed. 3PM. Pres-elect vote, legislation report, gavel to Sullivan, reception for award winners

Senate Meeting Agenda – June 3, 2015, 2014-2015Agendas

115 Lawrence, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

3:00 pm    1.   Call to Order

3:00 pm    2.   Approval of Minutes

2.1      April 15, 2015  2.2      May 13, 2015  2.3      May 20, 2015

3:05 pm    3.   State of the University

3.1       Report from the Academic Council on Academic Integrity: Frances White, Academic Council (Chair, Committee on Courses) 

White give a brief and positive report on the importance and efficiency of the AC.

3.2       Remarks from Robert Kyr, Outgoing Senate President

Kyr: The importance of self-determination and shared governance. The Senate as UO’s must durable and important institution during the recent troubles. [I have to add that without Rob Kyr I’m not sure that the Senate could have held it together.] I’ll post the full speech shortly.

3:15 pm    4.   New Business

4.1       Election of the Senate President-elect (Vice President) for 2015 – 2016

So far the only candidate is Bill Harbaugh (Economics), but fortunately the rules allow for nominations from the floor.

Is their no one else? Apparently not. I give a brief speech and then there’s a vote. 23 yes, 7 no.

4.9       US14/15-102: Amendment of Inherited State Board Computing Priorities Policy,Curriculum and Program Matters Workgoup; Colin Koopman (Associate Professor, Philosophy), Senator & Bruce McGough (Associate Professor, Economics), Senator

Koopman introduces: Passes unanimously after brief discussion about costs.

4.2       UO Senate Classified Staff Leadership Award: Johnny Earl, Campus Operations

[This man is widely loved across campus. SEIU steward, on the bargaining committee. The bit below is not verbatim, but close.]

Mr. Earl: We do what we do. My work at this university may not be as distinguished as that of some of the people in this room, but it’s important. What I do today is what matters. There are others here who have been forgotten. Wants to be a good steward for the buildings and people of the universities of Oregon. Hometown Chicago. We live in a bubble here in Eugene. A great bubble.

When he first applied to UO, he got the stare-down from the other staff. Campus has changed – I don’t feel out of place. But we can still do better.

I don’t know how causes find you. But here’s the one that found me. 1500 state university employees make less than $15 dollars an hour. Something is wrong when we have all these beautiful buildings, but our workers need public assistance. This is true all over the country. I’m just trying to plant a seed in you about this. Maybe it will grow like those blackberry plants.

Quotes Malcolm X: Usually, when people are sad, they don’t do anything. But when they get angry, they make change. [I’ve heard something similar from the Dali Lama].

We need to make change at the University of Oregon.

4.3       UO Senate Award for Shared Governance, Transparency, and Trust: Michael Dreiling, Associate Professor (Sociology)

Kyr reads Dreiling’s impressive list of accomplishments and university service, including as President of the faculty union.

Dreiling: I want thank Rob Kyr for his outstanding contributions this past year. As have so many others. Shout out to his partner, Yvonne for modeling integrity for him.

Senate is uniting the university community, making the university human. Our voices matters. A university administration that listens to the Senate’s voices will thrive.

The award is for shared  governance, trust and transparency. All these things need each other. Wants to add two other principles: humility and courage, that I’ve needed over these last few years. Acknowledge mistakes, apologize, get back to work.

4.4       US14/15-100: Announcement and Confirmation of Spring 2015 Committee Appointments; Commitee on Committees; Randy Sullivan (Senate Vice President), Chair

Passes unanimously.

4.5       US14/15-92: Regarding Negotiations on Recent Senate Legislation; Senate Executive Committee (through John Bonine; Professor, Law School)

Bonine: This will allow the Senate to work with the new president on working out compromises  on recent legislation passed by the Senate on athletics, sexual assault prevention, student conduct code, and the confidentiality of student counseling records.

Passes unanimously.

4.6       US14/15-06: Change of Membership for the Graduate Council, Joe Lowndes, Chair of the Graduate Council; Scott L. Pratt, Dean of the Graduate School

Housecleaning. Passes unanimously.

4.7      US14/15-99: Change of the Name of the Committee for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex), Maure Smith-Benati, Director; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Education Support and Services Program (LGBTESSP)

Smith-Benati: Motion is very clear. UO is one of top 10 trans friendly universities. We think this is bringing in new students, but UO does not give students a way to identify so data is not good.

Smith-Benati gives some tips on how to correctly use language when talking about trans people, unfortunately I couldn’t type quickly enough to get them down.

Passes unanimously.

4.8      US14/15-101: Repeal of Class Size Policy (Bonine #500), Curriculum and Program Matters Workgoup; Deborah Healey (Senior Instructor, American English Institute), Senator

Healey: It’s from 1962. Repealed unanimously.

4.10      Passing of the Gavel to the Incoming Senate President Randy Sullivan (Chemistry); Robert Kyr (Music), Outgoing Senate President


4:55 pm    5.   Open Discussion

4:55 pm    6.   Reports

4:55 pm    7.   Notice(s) of Motion

4:55 pm    8.   Other Business

5:00 pm    9.   Adjournment

5:00 pm   10.  Reception for Award Winners & the 2014 – 2015 Senate; A Time to Celebrate