Update 3: Pres Schill gets $188K raise, donates $100K for need-based scholarships

I can’t imagine why Around the O hasn’t communicated anything about this board meeting. So I’ll update this post as the meetings progress. See below the break for the details.

Update 1: New financial overview info below.

Update 2: Board engages in its traditional 60 minute bashing of the state for underfunding us. This seems unlikely to be productive. See below for some live blogging:

The Trustees love the idea that UO can’t count on the state for funding. President Schill argues that it almost seems they want to hurt us. My question is why is UO so bad at gaming this system? Why do we keep antagonizing the Beaver alumni in the legislature with things like blowing our money on a Duck Baseball program? Why do we make things like state money for the IAAF championships a top lobbying priority?

Maybe their goal is to make sure that UO has to rely on private philanthropy?

Update 3, Friday AM: President Schill announces he will donate his expected $100K annual bonus to the UO, for scholarships for first-generation students, in honor of his mother who helped him get through college as a first-generation student. Good man. Good son!

Board of Trustees Meeting Agendas | September 5-7, 2018
All meetings Room 136, Naito Building, UO Portland. Livecast links will be posted here.

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Trustees to give Phil Knight an honorary UO degree, then watch football game

Around the O has the news here, with some other stuff about the upcoming UO Board of Trustees meetings which will be held in Portland Sept 6-8. UO faculty aren’t on contract until Sept 15th. Classes don’t start until Sept 24. But hey –  there’s a home football game on the 9th, hence the timing.

I’ll post the traditional user friendly guide to the BOT agenda in a few days.

Senate Pres talks to Trustees about UO Foundation, IAAF, academic freedom, internal audit

From June 8, just getting around to posting. Video here:

I’m posting this in part because of today’s Op-Ed in the Oregonian from Oregon Association of Scholars President (and PSU PoliSci prof) Bruce Gilley, which inaccurately characterizes the UO Senate’s resolution in support of the free-speech rights of our students as endorsing the “heckler’s veto”. Gilley:

… The protection of intellectual freedom on campus used to be the preserve of faculty. Yet the radicalization of faculty — conservative or registered Republicans have virtually disappeared from Oregon college faculties today — means that faculty today are more often the main threat to intellectual freedom. The disgraceful endorsement by the University of Oregon’s faculty senate of student mobs who disrupted the president’s annual address last October is the latest example. …

The UO Senate’s resolution is here. I can only assume Prof. Gilley has not read it. Among other things, it states:

2.1 BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the UO Senate supports the rights of students to peacefully protest during university events, even disruptively, so long as those protests do not prevent speakers from being heard and the audience from hearing what they have to say; [Emphasis added.]

See below for more. Back up the video to hear the remarks from incoming ASUO President Maria Alejandra Gallegos-Chacon, which end with a call for a reform of UO’s student discipline rules to ensure free speech cases are treated with the care they deserve.

My report to the Board of Trustees as written:

The report in the meeting materials is from outgoing Senate President Chris Sinclair. He is giving a presentation at a national meeting on the Senate’s Core Education reform program, so I’m his surrogate.
I was Senate VP this year, and will be Senate President for the coming academic year. Last week the Senate voted Elizabeth Skowron (Education) in as Senate VP this year, and so she’ll become President the year following this one.
Elizabeth has broad support from the faculty and other Senate constituents, and from Chris and myself. Her election was unanimous.
I’ll be happy to answer questions about Chris’s report, which explains some of the Senate’s work this year, i.e. including the plans we have put in place to improve core ed, teaching and teaching evaluation but first I want to add a few comments.
First, I want to report on a conversation that Chris and I had with UO’s internal auditor Trisha Burnett, this March, as part of her annual check-ins. We explained that we were particularly concerned about
1) UO’s diversity efforts: While you will hear a lot about the IDEAL diversity plan today, meanwhile UO is dropping the ball on basic practices like exit interviews for departing minority and female faculty and open hiring processes for administrators. Burnett agreed that these were problems. I hope you have got the same message from her office and will help address it.
2) The athletic department. As you know the NCAA is investigating UO over an incomplete grade  for a student-athlete. This is a side-show.
One real concern is about the  extent to which the “ Support for Student Athletes” operation is providing good academic support to revenue-sport athletes, and help for those that aren’t going to make it to the pros or graduate. I assume you’ve seen the graduation rates for the revenue sport-athletes. Burnett is worried about the potential for an UNC type scandal, or an Michigan State type one. The faculty knows little about how the AD and SSA operate, and our past oversight efforts have not been successful. The Senate’s IAC committee has been replaced by an advisory committee to the President. You should be aware of Burnett’s concerns about the risk, which she expressed clearly to us, although apparently not in her written reports to you.
3) The UO Foundation. The Foundation is heavily involved in the 2021 IAAF championships award, which is now under federal investigation. Your board was involved in this as well. We made our concerns clear, to Burnett, she made clear that the Foundation was not cooperating with her efforts to learn more. This is not a good situation, we hope you are keeping your eye on it.
Second, I want to explain the Senate’s resolution “In Support of the UO Student Collective”. This is the group of students that disrupted President Schill’s “State of the University”speech in October.
A personal note: One of the first courses I taught when I came to UO was on environmental economics. One of my students was an environmental activist, and frequently and loudly spoke up during lectures to object to the economic approach.
President Schill has said that with this resolution the Senate endorsed the sorts of disruption of classes by students who might object to something about the course content, as has occurred at other universities, such as Reed and Evergreen, where students have essentially shut down courses on particular subjects.
This is not at all what our Senate has endorsed. The resolution states clearly:
2.1 BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the UO Senate supports the rights of students to peacefully protest during university events, even disruptively, so long as those protests do not prevent speakers from being heard and the audience from hearing what they have to say; 
 
 
I’m not a lawyer, but this language is consistent with everything I understand about the First Amendment, everything I believe about academic freedom, and everything that UO’s other policies on these matters state. People have a right to speak, and those who object to that speech have the right to have their objections heard even if that disrupts and causes inconvenience for the speaker and the audience.
What those who object cannot do, and again I quote from our resolution, is prevent speakers from being heard and the audience from hearing what they have to say. 
 
Our resolution does not endorse the sorts of disruptions that prevent faculty, or our President, from teaching what they want to teach or saying what they want to say. It specifically speaks against that, only allowing “disruption” so long as that disruption doesn’t prevent the professor’s lecture, or for that matter the President’s talk, from continuing.
Our resolution does not endorse allowing the actions of the Students Collective taking the podium and shutting down President Schill’s address – although it does call for some leniency in their subsequent discipline, and some reforms to make sure free speech discipline cases are handled with special care. These were students, after all.
If this is not clear, please see the UO policy on Academic Freedom, which the Senate passed in 2014 and which the UO President signed, which states:
The University’s responsibility to help students to think critically and independently requires that members of the university community have the right to investigate and discuss matters, including those that are controversial, inside and outside of class, without fear of institutional restraint. It is the responsibility of speakers, listeners and all members of our community to respect others and to promote a culture of mutual inquiry throughout the University community.
Or see the UO Policy on Freedom of Inquiry and Free Speech, which we passed in 2010, which states:
The University supports free speech with vigor, including the right of presenters to offer opinion, the right of the audience to hear what is presented, and the right of protesters to engage with speakers in order to challenge ideas, so long as the protest does not disrupt or stifle the free exchange of ideas. 
 
I don’t see how the Senate and the faculty could be any more clear about our position, and I’m tired of hearing people misrepresent it. Though of course I’m open to any arguments, even disruptive ones.
Thank you. Questions?

June 7-8 Board of Trustees meetings reveal decline in excellence metrics

As with most BOT meetings, this one is scheduled to coincide with an athletic event. In this case it’s the NCAA T&F championships. The next meeting is Sept 6-7, followed by a Duck football body-bag game against PSU.

You can go to the BOT website here and click and page through pdfs trying to find out when the BOT committees and Board are meeting this Th and Fr and what’s on their agendas. Or just use my much more convenient format:

The gist:

Thursday there will be committee meetings from 8:30 to about 2:30, with a lunch break. Friday the Board will meet starting at 8:30AM.

All meetings will be in the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom. Videos will be livecast at https://media.uoregon.edu/channel/livestream

Nothing new of substance will be disclosed, discussed, or decided in the BOT’s public meetings, unless the students force it.

So just how excellent will these meetings be? Let’s check the Board’s metrics. A quick search of the meeting materials for “excellence” gives 5 + 3 + 0 + 15 = 23, a statistically significant decline from past meetings.

The details:

Thursday Committee meetings:

Board of Trustees | Academic and Student Affairs Committee | June 7, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Meeting materials here. Agenda:

Provost’s Quarterly Report

1. Student Conduct Code – Proposed Revisions (Action): Kris Winter, Dean of Students; Jill Creighton, Assistant Dean of Students for Conduct and Operations; Keegan Williams-Thomas, Undergraduate Student and Member of the Community Standards/Student Conduct Committee

2. Institutional Hiring Plan – Strategic Priorities and Direction: Jayanth Banavar, Provost and Senior Vice President

3. Annual Report: Student Success Initiative: Doneka Scott, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Board of Trustees | Executive and Audit Committee | June 7, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Meeting materials here. Agenda:

1. Quarterly Audit Report and Consideration of FY19 Audit Plan (Action): Trisha Burnett, Chief
Auditor

2. Enterprise Risk Management: Andre Le Duc, Associate Vice President and Chief Resiliency Office, Leo Howell, Chief Information Security Officer

3. Transform IT – Implementation update: Jessie Minton, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer

Board of Trustees | Finance and Facilities Committee June 7, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

Meeting materials here. Agenda:

1. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

2. FY19 Budget and Expenditure Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

3. University Housing Capital Plan: Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and
Enrollment Management; Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing

4. Academic Allocation Model Implementation: Jayanth Banavar, Provost and Senior Vice President

5. Retirement Plan Management Annual Update and Policy Modifications (No Impact to
Benefits/Plans) (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO; Craig Ashford, Assistant General Counsel; Gay Lynn Bath, Retirement Plans Management Director

Board of Trustees FRIDAY, June 8 – 9:00 a.m.: 

Meeting materials here. Agenda:

– Public comment

1. ASUO and University Senate Reports
-ASUO Outgoing President Amy Schenk and Incoming President Maria Gallegos
-University Senate Incoming President Bill Harbaugh

2. President’s Report

3. Resolutions from Committee
-FY19 Budget and Expenditure Authorization (pending June 7 action by FFC)
-Amendments to Retirement Plan Management Policies (pending June 7 action by FFC)
-Amendments to the Student Conduct Code (pending June 7 action by ASAC)

4. Academic Area in Focus – Volcanology, Volcanic Hazards, and Geothermal Energy: Paul Wallace, Department Head and Professor, Earth Science; Joe Dufek, Lillis Professor of Volcanology, Earth Sciences

5. Presidential Initiative in Data Science: Bill Cresko, Professor of Biology and Initiative Director
Recess

6. IDEAL Framework Implementation: Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and
Inclusion; Victoria DeRose, Professor, Associate Vice President and CODAC Director; Lesley-Anne Pittard, Assistant Vice President and CMAE Director of Programs

7. Conferral of Honorary Degrees (Action): President Michael Schill

Mr. Lorry I. Lokey and Ms. Carrie Mae Weems.

Trustees to meet for a few hours Friday March 2

Board of Trustees
Meeting Agenda | March 2, 2018
Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom
FRIDAY, MARCH 2 – 8:30 a.m.

Materials

1. Standing Reports
-University Senate President Chris Sinclair
– Public comment
-ASUO President Amy Schenk
-Provost Jayanth Banavar
-President Michael Schill

2. FY19 Tuition and Fees: Mike Schill, President; Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

The proposal from Pres Schill and VPFA Moffitt includes two “differential tuition” components.

One is a $20 per credit add-on for business school classes. This was brought to the “Tuition and Fee Advisory Board” by the B-school dean, and their report here includes extensive discussion (page 4 and 5) of the pros and cons. The increase will reduce the need for increases in tuition for other UO students. The business school commits to use 20% of the new fees to reduce tuition for their low income students.

The second proposal is for a cut to tuition for Honors College students. This proposal will increase the need for tuition increases for other students. This  cut is not tied to income, or merit. The cut was not brought to the TFAB. Instead it was approved on the side, at a meeting of the Budget Advisory Group after a brief presentation by VP Brad Shelton. Not exactly transparent.

At UO discounts (scholarships) for low income and high ability students average 10% of the listed tuition. Our comparators average discounts of about 20%. This difference is part of the reason why UO’s enrollment is falling and why we are doing such a bad job enrolling low income students relative to our peers. The Honors College tuition cuts will make this problem worse.

3. Academic Area in Focus – Global Health: Josh Snodgrass, Professor of Anthropology; Kristin Yarris, Professor of International Studies, Director of the Global Health Minor

Board of Trustees holds snoozer of a meeting March 1, 2

I’ll try to live-blog some of this, and I’ll be there for the public comments Friday, but there are limits on how much of this stuff I can take.

Their website makes it as hard as possible to figure out what is going on, so here are the agendas for the committees and the BOT, with links to the meeting materials. Looks like a snoozer to me, but if you see something, say something.

As usual Jamie Moffitt does not show the Trustees any substantive data on UO’s budgetary decisions such as how much goes to athletics, the various colleges, etc. No mention of the centralization of resources which is causing College of Ed dissension. No discussion of the increasing proportion of resources going to the central administration at the cost of the College of Arts and Sciences. No discussion of the continuing subsidies for the law school and (rumor has it) the College of Design.

The Executive and Audit Committee materials do not include Internal Auditor Trisha Burnett’s report, and when the Trustees do get to see the report, at the meeting, it will avoid any specifics that might alert them to problems or lead them to ask tough questions or allow them to do their due diligence.

There are, however, shiny powerpoints from the Chief Resilience Officer and the Chief of Police, complete with photos of the new dog.

Board of Trustees | Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Public Meeting | March 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
All meetings in Ford Alumni Center | Giustina Ballroom

Materials

1. Accreditation – March Report to NWCCU

Banavar: No worries, all is well. No questions from the board.

2. Educator Equity in Teacher Preparation Plan – Submission to HECC (Action): Randy Kamphaus, Dean, College of Education; Krista Chronister, Associate Dean, College of Education

Chronister: No worries, all is well. No questions from the BOT. Endorsed unanimously.

3. Teaching Excellence: Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost; Sierra Dawson, Associate Vice Provost; Lee Rumbarger, Teaching Engagement Program Director

Starts with photo of a recent intermediate microeconomics class:

Pratt: No worries, all is excellent and we’re making it more excellent.

Rumbarger: Teaches courses on the fictional representation of teachers. (I didn’t know that, cool.)

Dawson: Fact based research on how to do more excellent teaching. Starts by asking the BOT to recall some excellent teaching they were exposed to.

Trustees seem to be enjoying this.

Rumbarger advocates for using specifics to talk about teaching excellence. Read the packet, I can’t type that fast. Many specific examples of how the TEP is promoting simple practices that improve teaching.

Dawson explains more about how AAU is now emphasizing teaching improvements, need for better student feedback and teaching evaluation procedures.

Pratt explains need for better evaluation, more emphasis on using the Teaching Excellence Program to improve faculty teaching.

Some good questions from the trustees.

4. Mental Health – Student Services and Support: Doneka Scott, Assoc. Vice Provost for Student Success; Shelly Kerr, Director of the Counseling and Testing Center; Kris Winter, Dean of Students

The Trustees are asking some excellent and skeptical questions of Kerr, regarding the survey and what it means.

5. Clark Honors College – Structural Changes and Updates: Karen Ford, Interim Dean, Clark Honors College

Sorry, I’ve got to leave. Ford did a good job presenting this to the Senate yesterday.

 

Board of Trustees | Finance and Facilities Committee
Public Meeting | March 1, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Materials.

1. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

2. Capital Project Proposal – University Health Center / University Counseling and Testing Center: Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing

Sorry, I missed this meeting. I’m sure it was a thorough 45 minutes.

 

Board of Trustees | Executive and Audit Committee
Public Meeting | March 1, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Materials.

1. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor

There’s no there here:

And here it is, shown to the Trustees just before the meeting: http://uomatters.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Q3-EAC-Quarterly-Report.pdf Three pages. How can the Executive and Audit Committee do its due diligence like this?

Chuck Lillis: Trisha is doing a great job telling me things in closed meetings.

Ross Kari: Some evidence of improvements in past deficiencies.

Peter Bragdon: How have you tried to market the hotline? A little.

No mention of departure of Auditor Stephanie McGee, for a better job at another university. Lots of turnover – never a good sign in an internal audit department.

2. Enterprise Risk Management: Andre Le Duc, Associate Vice President and Chief Resiliency Officer

Not clear where the Bach Festival fits into this. UO’s spending on risk management has grown enormously – here are the employee counts, from IR. Not clear why the Board doesn’t require this sort of information in reports:

Connie Ballmer: Why is your office dealing with things like enrollment and academic quality?

Le Duc: It’s all about protecting the brand. My office needs to monitor and proactively manage everything.

3. University of Oregon Police Department – Overview and Updates: Matt Carmichael, Chief of Police

By all accounts Carmichael is doing a great job rebuilding the UOPD. And his budget is flat:

That said, I can’t help but think that somewhere far, far away there’s a poor village surrounded by landmines from some forgotten war. They could really use this dog:

Carmichael and his three students have many other good things to report, including more student shuttle services (started by ASUO, now managed by UOPD at their request) and bringing the UOPD back on campus, by putting a substation in Onyx Bridge.

Adjourn til Tomorrow.

UO Board Trustee Rudy Chapa steps down

https://around.uoregon.edu/content/duck-grad-rudy-chapa-steps-down-uo-board-trustees

At-large positions on the governing board are volunteer posts with nominees selected by the governor. The governor will submit her choice to the Oregon Senate, which in turn votes on whether to confirm nominees.

Those interested in applying should contact University Secretary Angela Wilhelms, who can provide more detail on executive appointment processes and deadlines. She can be reached at wilhelms@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5561.

Perhaps Governor Brown will use this opportunity to appoint someone to the Board who knows something about higher education.

Dec 8th, 8 AM Meeting of the Board

Dec 8th, 8 AM Meeting of the Board —  [Materials] [Webcast]

– Call to order, roll call, verification of quorum
– Approval of September and October 2017 minutes (Action)
– Public comment

1. Standing Reports
-ASUO President Amy Schenk
-University Senate President Chris Sinclair
-Provost Jayanth Banavar
-President Michael Schill

2. Seconded Motions and Resolutions from Committee (pending Dec. 7 committee action)
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Athletics Multi-Sport Apparel Agreement

Passes unanimously with no discussion.

–Seconded Motion from FFC: Updated Capital Project Budgets (Klamath Hall, Tykeson Hall)

Passes unanimously with no discussion.

3. Tuition-Setting Process and Analysis Components: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Brad Shelton, Executive Vice Provost

4. Governor’s Task Force on the PERS Liability – Recommendations Affecting Universities: Nik Blosser, Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Kate Brown

5. Knight Campus Leadership and Governance: Michael Schill, President; Patrick Phillips, Acting Director

6. Research and Innovation Annual Report: David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation

7. Academic Area in Focus – The Environmental Humanities: Stephanie Le Menager, Professor of English and Environmental Studies; Marsha Weisiger, Associate Professor of History

8. Academic Excellence – How Do We Define and Measure It? Jayanth Banavar, Provost; Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost; Brad Shelton, Executive Vice Provost

Board of Trustees to meet last days of finals week, to avoid pesky students

This is the Dec 7 committee meetings. Dec 8th board meeting is above.

Update: I’ll fix these links and add some live-blogging during the meetings today and tomorrow.

They scheduled their last meeting during summer break, to coincide with a Duck football game. So I suppose this is a D+ if we grade them on improvement. Their website is hard to navigate, so here are the links and some additional info. All meetings will be in the Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom.

Dec 7th, 9AM. Academic and Student Affairs Committee[Materials] [Webcast]

Mary Wilcox, Chair, Connie Ballmer, Rudy ChapaAnn CurryAllyn FordWilliam PaustianMichael Schill

This starts of with usual pablum about 24/7 academic excellence. At least the Board has stopped using the Ducks as an example of how us faculty and staff can achieve it.

1. Core Education Evaluation and Redesign: Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost; Chris Sinclair, President, University Senate; Sarah Nutter, Dean, Lundquist College of Business

I’m a little unclear on what the learning objectives are for this section. Maybe there will be some iclicker questions for the board at the end, to check comprehension.

VPAA Scott Pratt starts of by explaining the current system, and noting that while it looks simple in theory, it’s been exploded by UO’s responsibility centered budget model. Two years ago it would have been heresy for an administrator to admit this. Now it’s dogma, and the RCM is being replaced by top-down control from the provost’s office. 10 years from now, …

Senate Pres Chris Sinclair lays out one possible proposal for Gen-Ed reform. Hope is to have a more structured first-year program, with students taking set of courses in related subjects, while living in dorms with other students interested in the same matters. Helps with retention, so on. Some changes to how we organize the multicultural requirement, since the buzzwords have changed – “tolerance” is out, for example.

LCB Dean Sarah Nutter: As working on expanding business ARCs. Goal is employment ready, globally connected graduates.

[I’m no Economics professor, but economics majors do better at this than business majors – according to the WSJ. Mid career salaries for econ majors average $98,600, while for business management majors it’s just $72,100. Parents should understand this before pushing their kids into a narrowly based vocational business program.]

Board Chair Chuck Lillis asks how we know students are learning something in writing classes. Notes that some universities keep a record of all student papers, and compare progression over their education. This is the best idea I’ve ever heard from him.

Connie Ballmer asks about the timeline, notes it’s an ambitious project. Who is in charge – Provost or Senate. Pratt and Sinclair: We both are. Her follow up is on metrics. Sinclair: Task Force. Ginevra Ralph asks about sexual assault training, which students talked about last year. Also asks Senate to make sure the requirements are flexible enough for non-traditional students. Ann Curry applauds fact program is flexible, provides a liberal education.

2. Online and Hybrid Education Planning: Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost; Adriene Lim, Dean, UO Libraries; Jessie Minton, Chief Information Officer

I’ve been listening to UO administrators talk about doing something online since Jim Bean. This ship has sailed. Pratt notes that while Bean bloviated, OSU acted, and now dominates online in the state. Now it’s going to be tough for UO to do more than fill in some gaps. Good reasons to build some more on-line anyway, even if only for our own students. So we’re going to throw some money and time at this. Step one will be to hire a Vice Provost, to hire some Assistant Vice Provosts.

The trustees are slowing realizing that UO is never going to make money at this, but we will help our students graduate more quickly.

3. Presidential Initiative in Data Science: Bill Cresko, Professor of Biology, Assoc. Vice President of Research, and Director of the Presidential Initiative in Data Science

4. Annual Student Scholarship and Financial Aid Report: Jim Brooks, Associate Vice President and Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Normally the trustees would hear from VP for Enrollment Roger Thompson. But the enrollment news is embarrassingly bad, and no one wants to talk about it:

So instead we’ve got Jim Brooks. He does a good job presenting some informative slides:

Most of UO’s aid is merit, not need based. and the growth rate for merit aid is far higher. (Some wiggle room in the categories though.) This is despite the growth of Pathway Oregon. As I’ve reported before, UO is failing when it comes to economic diversity, and the figure above shows why. Here’s more from IR:

Undergrad minority enrollment has nearly doubled since 2005 to 27%, but the percentage of low-income Pell grant eligible students peaked at 26% in 2011, and has fallen slightly since.

Here’s much more on this, based on NYT reports etc:

8/7/2017: UO is failing on economic diversity. Where’s the “Economic Diversity Action Plan”?

UO is ranked #328 out of 377  selective public colleges for promoting income mobility. 56% of our students come from families in the top 20% of the income distribution (4.3% from the top 1%) and only 4.7% come from the bottom 20%:

Brooks also reports that federal law will mean a $3.2M reduction in federal aid for UO students. Trustees ask some questions, this isn’t as drastic as it sounds.

 

Dec 7th, 10:45 AM, Executive and Audit Committee — [Materials Now updated with full Nike deal.] [Webcast]

1. Status of Information Technology at the UO: Jessie Minton, Chief Information Officer

2. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor

The Audit Report will not be provided until the meeting, because we wouldn’t want the Trustees to have time to do their due diligence.

The Audit Report – such as it is – is now posted. There’s no meat here:

Say, I wonder what happened to the results from their audit of the athletic department? Whatever’s going on with UO Audits, the Trustees are never going to learn about it. Unbelievable.

 

Dec 7th, 1:30 PM, Finance and Facilities Committee —  [Materials] [Webcast]

1. Annual Audited Financial Statements:

Pretty bare-bones data:

No substantive questions from the trustees as might be expected given that there is so little detail presented. Still no breakout of the athletic department budget – the $13.7M to buyout Helfrich is hidden in here somewhere, as is the millions in subsidies from the academic side.

Bond rating is good.

The external auditor presents UO with a “clean audit letter”, gets gushy about how great UO’s team is. Gosh, it’s almost like he wants to keep the UO contract.

Chuck Lillis – a man who has some experience with inadequate external audits and lawsuits against Board members – rather pointedly asks him if there is a rule requiring UO to switch auditors every few years – as is true for publicly traded corporations. Turns out there’s not. Nor does Moss Adams have an internal rule requiring that their employees rotate – to avoid too much coziness with the clients.

2. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt.

As is true every year, Moffitt tells the board we are “run rate even” – despite drop in tuition revenue, international students, increase in pension costs, etc. More state revenue, more grants, etc.

JP at IR keep promising the employment numbers below will be updated, and there’s nothing about this in Moffitt’s report, but here’s where the money has been going. On a Full Time Equivalent basis, faculty numbers are up 22%, since 2007-8, while administrator numbers are up 43%:

 

3. Intercollegiate Athletics Multi-Sport Apparel Agreement (Action):

See post here.

4. Capital Planning Annual Report:

5:  Tykeson Hall – Capital Project Reauthorization (Action):

The PLC faculty are going to die there and rot in its ruins. Meanwhile they’ve added another floor to the new Tykeson building – but not for faculty.

3:10PM. That’s it for today. See you tomorrow:

Trustees to review, discuss report on General Counsel Kevin Reed’s activities

It looks like a busy meeting for their Executive and Audit Committee. Presidential Assessment, Audit report, Annual reports from the GC, Compliance, Ethics, etc. Here’s their agenda, with handy links:

1. Call to Order/Roll/Declaration of a Quorum (Borkar)

2. Consent Item
a. Minutes of the July 20, 2017 Executive & Audit Committee Meeting
(Borkar) (TAB A)

3. Action Items
a. Board Chair’s Report: FY2017 Presidential Assessment (Borkar) (TAB B)
b. Board Policy and Bylaw Review/Amendments (Borkar, Colbert) (TAB C)
c. 2018 Executive & Audit Committee Work Plan and 2017
Board Assessment Results (Borkar, Colbert) (TAB D)
d. Executive & Audit Committee Charter Amendment (Borkar, Colbert,
Snopkowski
) (TAB E)
e. Office of Audit Services Progress Report (Snopkowski) (TAB F)

4. Discussion Items
a. Annual Compliance & Ethics Program Report (Snopkowski, Gose,
Simmons
) (TAB G)
b. Office of General Counsel Annual Report FY2017 (Gose) (TAB H)
c. All Hazard Planning (including Risk Management Report) (Green,
Tannenbaum
) (TAB I)

5. Adjournment

Whoops, my bad. The above was the agenda for OSU Trustees committee meeting in October, not for the upcoming meeting of the UO Trustees committee, this Thursday.

While the Oregon State University Trustees receive, post, and review an annual report from their GC as part of their Audit Committee’s due diligence and fiduciary responsibilities, the UO administration and Board have received nothing of the sort from our General Counsel – or if they have, they’re keeping it a secret. Here’s the brief agenda for the slacker UO Board committee:

– Call to order, roll call

– Approval of September 2017 EAC minutes (Action)

1. Status of Information Technology at the UO: Jessie Minton, Chief Information Officer

2. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor [Not posted, and only distributed to the trustees at the meeting.]

Meeting Adjourns

I think their previous meeting lasted about 40 minutes. More on the UO Board meetings for Dec 7 & 8  here.

Oregon Senate confirms Laura Lee McIntyre as “Faculty Trustee”, over objections of the UO Senate leadership and the UO faculty union

9/20/2017: Around the O has the puff piece here, from PR flack Tobin Klinger. You’d think UO’s $475K budget for “Executive Communications” would buy a few more facts – maybe even a link to the letters from the Senate and Union, which McIntyre got by making a public records request to the Governor? Or at least something about how Prof McIntyre’s research is financially supported by a donation from at least one of the UO trustees, which may present some interesting potential conflicts of interest. [9/21/2017 correction: I’ve been informed by a generally reliable source that McIntyre’s research is not supported by donations from trustees.] She has of course agreed to follow Oregon law on conflicts of interest, which is not particularly strong.

McIntyre follows Trustee Susan Gary from the Law School, who served two terms during which she refused to inform the faculty of such matters as Chuck Lillis’s Delegation of Authority power grab.

We’d probably be better off abolishing the Faculty Trustee position than continuing to help the Trustees believe that they are getting the faculty’s point of view on UO issues through these sorts of appointments.

6/16/2017: Gov. Brown to nominate passionate Gottfredson defender as faculty trustee

That’s the rumor down at the faculty club. Here’s video of Professor Laura Lee McIntyre (School Psychology) taking a courageous stand in the UO Senate in defense of President Gottfredson’s handling of the basketball rape allegations. Backup to hear Gottfredson’s remarks. The Board fired paid Gottfredson $940K cash to leave town less than three months later. The official UO channel has taken this video down (perhaps because of the lawsuit against him) but it’s on youtube:

 

Incurious Board of Trustees posts thin agenda for fun football weekend

9/8/2017: Some light live-blog below on Friday’s Board meeting. Page down for Th committee meetings. Live video here. Some highlights from today:

– President Schill gives his definition of excellence in his remarks below.

–  Biology Prof Karen Guillemin gives a fascinating talk on the importance of bacterial diversity. My takeaway is the same as Ginevra Ralph’s: Mom was wrong when she told my little brother to stop eating dirt, but the research is still inconclusive on whether he should start again at age 53.

BOARD MEETING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – 8:30 a.m. Link to materials.

0. Public comment:

– Mr. Tindahl(sp? a community member?) calls out the UO for excessive political correctness and for student discipline policies on sexual assaults that he believes encourage false claims, and challenging the claim that 20% of women students will be sexually assaulted on campus. [Personally, I believe the data. I also believe that UO is now ahead of other institutions in its response.]

1. Reports
–ASUO President Amy Schenk: Wants to focus on affordability, social justice, and a collaborative process for tuition increases. [Me: Don’t worry about the level, focus on increasing the money available for income related tuition discounts.]

–University Senate President Chris Sinclair: Focuses on the Senate agenda for this year: Repeal and replace course evaluations, start fixing Gen Ed and multicultural, work to extend the principles of the new sexual assault and harassment policy to racial harassment and discrimination, all underway with the cooperation of JH.

–Provost Jayanth Banavar: Gives a shout out to the UO staff and OA’s, without whom “there would be no show.” Advocates for transparency, when possible, a nimble flexible administration, and shared governance where everyone can be proud of the UO. Calls for “selective excellence” (hey, at least that’s got a little more substance than “excellence”). Warns about the difficulty of retaining top faculty. Argues for a balanced curriculum of sciences, arts, and social sciences, to teach the knowledge people need to be good citizens, productive, and understand the world and ourselves. Gives as examples of selective excellence the hiring of Nobel Laureate David Weinstein, the efforts of Doneka Scott and Ron Bramhall on UO student success, etc. Goals for the Provost: Institutional Hiring Plan – open and objective process for faculty searches. 62 faculty searches this year. We need to know what is excellence to do this well. Plans to learn this from talking to the current faculty. Students are paramount and their success is a priority.

Q from Ann Curry – what is UO doing to improve teaching in large intro classes? Passes to Bramhall: Lots. TEP has a new teaching academy, science classes now using many new evidence based teaching methods, Senate effort to repeal and replace broken teaching evaluation system will give faculty an incentive to teach to students, not pander to them. [OK, I added the last phrase, sorry]

Q from Schill on ALT meeting. Banavar notes he invited Senate leadership to this, a first. Lots of talk on academic entreprenurship.

–President Michael Schill: It’s been a good two years for UO, but no time to be complacent. Sees Banavar, who directs academics, as the antidote to complacency – continual questions us. Gives the board his definition of excellence [Sorry, I spaced out during this. Something about pushing our students.]

Excited about working with the Senate on academic matters as generally understood, and also Economic Diversity. Fundraising update to be announced later. [Obviously with Phil Knight’s gift it will be a lot.] UO has strongly supported DACA/Dreamers, calls notion that we would send these students back “crazy”. Notes that he rarely gives his political views and thinks statements on politics can violate the rights of the individuals who comprise it – but notes DACA is an academic matter. He’s been harassing Roger Thompson with texts about enrollment, and thinks we’ll have about 4K freshman plus 1.2K transfer students. Talks about new data science initiative.

2. Seconded Motions and Resolutions from Committee (pending Sept. 7 committee action)
–Seconded Motion from FFC: FY18 Operating and Capital Expenditure Authorizations
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Naming of New Residence Hall
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Bond Sale Authorization
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Presidential Retirement Plan Amendment (elimination of outdated
program)

All approved, discussion was in committees yesterday.

3. Research Area in Focus – META Center for Systems Biology: Karen Guillemin, Professor of Biology and META Center Director

Sorry, this is really interesting. I’m listening not blogging.

4. The Size (Population) of Campus – Considerations and Analyses: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Brad Shelton, Executive Vice Provost; and Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management

Don’t expect any informed discussion. Here’s the material our board has been given to prep for this:

In all fairness this looks to be a rehash of a discussion held back when Gottfredson was president, and presumably was just added for padding.

Update: The board material has now been updated with some slides on this, here.

From yesterday, 9/7/2017: Some light live-blog below on Thursday’s committee meetings. Live video here. Some highlights:

– UO Tribal Liaison Jason Younkers gives an understated and moving explanation for why UO’s newest dorm will be named Kalapuya Ilihi, or “The place of the Kalapuya”, in recognition of the people whose land it sits on. If I understand it right they had no name for themselves except “the people”. The other tribes called them the Kalapuya.

Here’s hoping he can also turn around the enrollment numbers:

– Nothing on the agenda about UO’s extreme lack of Economic Diversity, although trustees Ann Curry and Ginevra Ralph allude to it in some questions, and Connie Ballmer has donated a large amount of money to PathwayOregon to attempt to address it. See links to research, data, and NYT story here:

– Two and a half hours on Academic and Student Affairs, and they didn’t hear from a single professor or student. Fortunately the UO administrators in this area are now very good.

– An astonishingly brief report from Internal Audit, with no materials distributed in advance, and no significant questions. This is not due diligence. The report is now posted here, towards the end. The gist is that they’ve spent the last year working on their strategic plan, mission statement, and a vision.

– Knight Campus seems on track and well managed.

– UO Foundation CIO Jay Namyet may occasionally write some nasty emails, but he, VPFA Moffitt, and Treasurer Karen Lavear do their homework and present it well. Yes I know I’ll regret writing this next time we do union bargaining.

9/6/2017: There will be a lot going on at UO this year – some of it key to our survival as a public R1 university – but apparently our administration doesn’t think the UO trustees need to hear about it, much less discuss or vote on it. Judging by the nonsense I’ve heard from this board, they may have a point.

While board members say that they want to meet with students and faculty to learn about higher ed, this meeting as many others will be held while classes are not in session and many faculty are not on campus. But of course there will be football.

Board Chair Chuck Lillis has scheduled a few hours of committee meetings Thursday, then a brief board meeting Friday AM. Saturday will be tailgating and the Nebraska game from the President’s $350K Autzen Skybox – still paid for with student tuition and state funds?

I’m no economist, but I think the Generalized Axiom of Revealed Preference is about what people do, not about what they say. The public meetings will be in the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom. This post will be updated on the off chance anything happens to justify the cost of this meeting.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee, 10:00 a.m. – Thursday, September 7, 2017. Link to materials.

New Provost Jayanth Banavar opens with a good speech about making UO even more excellent than it currently is.

The Board is letting presumptive Faculty Trustee and Gottfredson supporter Laura Lee McIntyre sit in until she is confirmed. Her research is financially supported by a donation from at least one of the trustees, which may present some interesting potential conflicts of interest.[9/21/2017 correction: I’ve been informed by a generally reliable source that McIntyre’s research is not supported by donations from trustees.] She has of course agreed to follow Oregon law on conflicts of interest, which is not particularly strong.

1. Live on Requirement Implementation: Roger Thompson, Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management; Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing

This is sold as a retention measure, despite the endogeneity problem. The % of freshman on-campus will rise from 80% to 90%. There are a number of exemptions – notably including some athletes. Thompson and Griffel are very aware of the cost issue, and have addressed it with a budget meal plan. UO’s students – not known for economic diversity – want the fancier dorm rooms.

2. Division of Student Life Annual Report: Kevin Marbury, Interim Vice President, Student Life

From what I’ve seen Marbury, who was promoted after the abrupt departure of VP Robin Holmes, is a significant step up and seems to have cleaned up the DSL quite a bit over the past year. Good presentation.

An interesting graphic from his presentation: UO undergrads “feel comfortable” in the EMU, rec center, and Library. PLC and the Jock Box, not so much:

3. Fraternity and Sorority Life Update: Kris Winter, Dean of Students; Marcus Langford, Assistant Dean of Students

It won’t be a surprise to learn that UO’s frats are a cesspool of sexual harassment and assaults and low academic achievement (adjusting for parent SES). The DSL has had some consultants in, and has just hired Marcus Langford to clean it up and hire a new Director of FSL.

Langford argues that minority fraternities and sororities can improve retention and outcomes and wants to increase their number at UO. Notes that most fraternities and sororities at UO currently are “historically white”.

Notes that are “challenges”. Currently 4 suspended frats at UO. Talks a little about hazing. Wants to expand the office. At least some of these costs are paid by taxing the frats and sororities. Doesn’t mention the assaults.

Q from Ginevra Ralph: I haven’t heard justification for this. It’s too much about how pretty you are or what color your skin. She knows girls who’ve dropped out of college because a sorority wouldn’t let them in. Why not have affinity houses instead, based on areas of shared interests? Kris Winter responds with some pablum. Schill notes that the greeks are good alumni. Langford says greeks have slightly better grades, slightly worse retention. Lillis asks about Academic Residential Communities in the dorms. UO has a small ARC program, which indeed should be grown.

No one here has the guts to bring up the link between frats and sexual assaults, well documented in Jennifer Freyd’s UO campus climate survey, and many others.

For an amazing story about how sororities are run and what they do to their members, see this NYT story:

Imagine finding a bill for $200 in your mailbox because your daughter was late to a couple of sorority events. Imagine, too, that those who snitched were her new best friends. This is one of the unwelcome surprises of sorority membership.

Depending on the generosity of the vice president of standards, a fine can be reversed with proof of a qualifying reason, such as a funeral, doctor’s appointment or medical emergency, so long as a doctor’s note is forthcoming. A paper due or a test the next day? No excuse. (Fraternities, by the way, rarely impose even nominal fines to enforce punctuality.)

Now imagine attending mandatory weekend retreats, throwing yourself into charitable work, making gifts for your sisters and, at tradition-thick schools like the University of Alabama and University of Missouri, investing 30 to 40 hours pomping — threading tissue paper through chicken wire to create elaborate homecoming decorations or parade floats that outdo rivals’.

Trustee Ginevra Ralph has it right: repeal and replace greek life. Unfortunately UO can’t afford to do that.

4. Annual Title IX Report and New UO Reporting Policy: Darci Heroy, AVP and Title IX Coordinator

A few hours ago Betsy DeVos announced that she was re-evaluating the Obama administration’s OCR guidance on how to deal with campus sexual assaults. If anyone sees a good analysis, please send me a link.

Fortunately Darci Heroy has done an amazing job at UO since Title IX was split of from our dysfunctional AAEO office, and there’s no sign UO is going to back off its commitment to deal with the widespread problem of campus sexual assaults. She explains UO’s new student-directed reporting policy, tells the board that they are “designated reporters”, i.e. mandatory reporters for disclosures by students, while faculty and others can now have confidential discussions with (adult) students without having to tell the administration against their will.

Trustees seem impressed too, Schill heaps praise on her, notes the collaboration between JH and the Senate, and say “most of us believe this is a good policy” and we should celebrate it and the shared governance process.

5. Student Success Goals and Initiatives – Annual Update: Doneka Scott, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success; Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence

The board only scheduled two hours for this entire committee meeting, so Scott and Bramhall are a bit rushed. The upshot is that they are in the process of trying a bunch of pilot programs and evaluating them. Improving advising is one key, collaborating on “finish in 4” program. [Full disclosure: It took me 3 universities, 4 majors, and 3.5 years to graduate, not including two years in the oil fields to earn the money to pay for it.]

Bramhall presents info on high DFW science courses and their impact on retention, explains plans to give more intensive advising to students in trouble. Cautions we don’t yet have the resources to do that.

Q from Connie Ballmer: Remembers some courses as “weeder courses” that students would switch majors after failing. We’ve still got them too many students don’t switch, they drop out. College is a great investment, but only if you graduate.

Lillis asks about parents’ role, Scott talks about programs she and Introduktion are cooperating on. Bramhall explains we’re also working to keep faculty in the loop.

Ann Curry asks about problem of students no getting into classes they need. Bramhall notes we’ve done a lot to fix sequencing issues in key courses (Math’s done this well).

Allyn Ford asks about tension between wanting more low SES first gen students and wanting high retention stats. [Pathways has excellent retention numbers, but it’s notable that so many Pathway students are from the higher end of the income distribution for Pell eligibility, which can go up to $70K.)

Scott and Bramhall note that UO has a variety of programs to target these students.

Laura Lee McIntyre asks about how cuts to NTTF will affect advising. Scott: We need to impact advising with what we have, will also need new resources.

William Paustian asks about registration holds for students who are behind on payments. It turns out the hold is released when they meet with an advisor.

Executive and Audit Committee, 1:30 pm – Thursday, September 7, 2017. Link to materials.

30 minutes is enough for due diligence on all this?

1. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor

As has been customary with the UO Board of Trustees, the audit report is not available in advance. Wouldn’t want the Trustees to be informed enough to ask good questions:

And there aren’t.

Update: the report is now posted here: https://trustees.uoregon.edu/sites/trustees2.uoregon.edu/files/eac_meeting_notice_agenda_and_materials_090717_w_supp.pdf, towards the end. The gist is that they’ve spent the last year working on a strategic plan, a mission statement, and a vision.

SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

During fiscal year 17 (“FY17”), the Office of Internal Audit (“Internal Audit”) achieved many goals. These included the hiring of two internal auditors; the selection of a partner for the co-source support model; the procurement and implementation of audit management software, including coordination and collaboration with peer institutions using the same software; and evaluation of audit office policies and procedures to ensure compliance with industry standards. We continue to review the audit policies and procedures as the Institute of Internal Auditors (“IIA”) updated its International Professional Practices Framework with new, updated standards effective January 1, 2017. Most significant for the office, a strategic plan was adopted to formally outline steps that will ensure goals are obtained. During this process, the mission statement was updated, and a vision was adopted.

2. FY17 Expenditure Re-Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO

VPFA Moffitt: This past year we had some unusual expenditures and accounting adjustments:




3. President’s Annual Evaluation – Report: Chuck Lillis, Chair; Ginevra Ralph, Vice Chair

President Schill is outstanding – maybe even excellent. What would really be useful would be a 360 degree evaluation of the UO Board, as the OSU Board does.

 

Finance and Facilities Committee 2:00 p.m. – Thursday, September 7, 2017. Link to materials.

1. Knight Campus – Update on Capital Project Phase I: Moira Kiltie, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff

Everything seems on track and well managed.

2. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration; Jay Namyet, Chief Investment Officer, UO Foundation

3. FY18 Expenditure Authorizations (Action): Jamie Moffitt

Tuition revenue fell about $8M (international students), salary expenditures also fell about $8M, partly due to NTTF layoffs, partly due to delayed hiring. $4.5M in other cuts, so basically “run rate even”. Projections for enrollment look good.

4. Bond Sale Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt; Karen Levear, Director, Treasury Operations

5. Presidential Retirement Plan Policy Amendment (elimination of outdated program) (Action):
Jamie Moffitt

6. Auxiliary Budget Review – University Housing: Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing; Allen Gidley, Sr. Associate Director, University Housing

7. Residence Hall Name – Kalapuya Ilihi Hall (Action): Michael Griffel; Jason Younker, Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government to Government Relations

 

UO Trustees schedule their fall meeting for a football game weekend with no students or faculty, while OSU Trustees do their due diligence

The OSU Board of Trustees finance committee is meeting in two weeks to prepare for their full set of Board meetings Oct 18-20 – when their students are actually on campus. You can find all their public meetings notices, agendas, and minutes from their many substantive meetings (10 so far this year) here: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/public-meeting-notices

Meanwhile the UO Board of Trustees and its committees typically meet only 4 times a year (maybe one or two extra for the audit committee to approve coaches contracts). Committee meetings are often only 30 minutes.  Their next meeting is scheduled Sept 7-8. UO faculty aren’t on contract until Sept 15, and classes don’t start until Sept 25th, but that’s not important compared to the big home game against Nebraska, conveniently scheduled for 1:30PM on the 9th. And people wonder what our Board’s priorities are? Go Ducks!

In contrast, the OSU Trustees are willing to show up in Corvallis when they can meet with faculty and students, without a football game to distract them.

Board of Trustees to meet Thursday, Friday

All sessions in the Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom. The BOT’s hard to navigate website is here. Livecast here. Here’s what you need to know, with handy links. Live-blog if I have time.

THURSDAY:

8AM: Academic and Student Affairs Committee  Materials.

1.School and College Finances: Allocation Redesign, Provost Hiring Initiative, and Existing Gap Analyses:Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost; Brad Shelton, Senior Vice Provost for Budget and Strategic Planning; Christoph Lindner, Dean, College of Design

2. Student Health Insurance – Model and Practices: Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management, and LeAnn Gutierrez, Executive Director of the University Health Center

10AM: Finance and Facilities Committee — June 1, 2017 Materials

1. Recommendation to Rename Cedar Hall as Unthank Hall (Action): Michael Schill, President

2. Quarterly Finance and Treasury Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and  Administration; Karen Levear, Director of Treasury Operations

3. Budget Cuts and Cost Reduction Initiatives Update: Michael Schill, President; Jamie Moffitt, Vice  President for Finance and Administration

4.FY18 Budget Authorization (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration

1:15 PM Executive and Audit Committee — June 1, 2017 Materials

1. Annual Audit and Risk Presentation; Adoption of FY18 Plans and Updated Audit Charter (Action):  Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor, and Andre LeDuc, Chief Resilience Officer

2. Investment Principles (Action): Chair Lillis

3. Presidential Review – Process and Timeline Update: Vice Chair Ginevra Ralph

2:30PM Meeting of the Board — June 1-2, 2017 Materials

1. Reports

‐‐ ASUO Outgoing President Quinn Haaga and Incoming President Amy Schenk

‐‐University Senate Outgoing President Bill Harbaugh and Incoming President Chris Sinclair

‐‐Provost Scott Coltrane

‐‐President Michael Schill

Meeting Recessed

FRIDAY:

8:30 am   

2. Research Area in Focus ‐ Neuroscience: Chris Doe, Professor of Biology and Co‐Director of the  Institute  of  Neuroscience  (ION);  Ulrich  Mayr,  Department  Head  and  Lewis  Professor  of  Psychology; David McCormick, Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor  of Psychology, Yale University

3. Tuition Structures – UO History and Peer Practices: Brad Shelton, Senior Vice Provost for Budget  and Strategy; Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management;  Sarah Nutter, Dean of the Lundquist College of Business

4. Seconded Motions and Resolutions from Committee (pending June 1 committee action)

‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Unthank Hall

— Seconded Motion from FFC: FY18 Operating and Capital Expenditure Authorizations

5. Executive Session re Labor Negotiations (pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d))