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

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.


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.


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


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))

UO Board of Trustees posts skimpy agenda for March 2,3 meetings

BOT March 3 meetings: 30 month delay in internal audit of “significant risks” and “negative impact of unfortunate events in athletics”

Sorry, I’m skipping today. Looks like the livecast link below is now working, and Max Thornberry is tweeting here: https://twitter.com/Max_Thornberry

There’s an updated version of the BOT materials here, and I (and the Trustees) finally got a copy of the internal audit report, here. Not much meat:


The Board of Trustees first ordered the Athletics Risk Assessment back in September, 2014:

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That athletics audit has been delayed for 30 months, so far. The previous auditor left, reportedly over a dispute about her independence from the VPFA’s office and her inability to get public records from the administration.

And the audit has now shrunk from 300 hours to 120. It’s almost as if the Trustees don’t really want to hear about the “significant risks” and “negative impact of unfortunate events in athletics”.

March 2 BOT meeting:

These are on the BOT page as pdf’s here, I’ve reposted them below in more user friendly form. The meetings will be livecast here. [NOTE: This is now the correct link, but last time I checked it didn’t work.] The proposed tuition increases are scheduled for 1:45 or so on Thursday. Live-blogging will be light to none Thursday, so I’ve done a little pre-blogging in italics below.

Compare the bare-bones information the UO Board is given with the extensive material the OSU Board receives before their considerably more substantive meetings, here.

Executive and Audit Committee – Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:00 am Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom  [Materials]

1. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor  

This is due diligence? We wouldn’t want the trustees to be prepared to ask tough questions, would we:


2. University Tier III Investments Update: Ross Kari, Finance and Facilities Chair; Jamie Moffitt, Vice President and CFO  

No materials.

Compare this lack of audit materials with the extensive material the Oregon State Board Audit Committee gets, here. I’m going to have to make a public records request for the athletics stuff.

Finance and Facilities Committee Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:30 am Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom  [Materials]

1. Retention and Delegation of Authority – Amendment re Capital Project Budget Approvals (Action): Ross Kari, Finance and Facilities Committee Chair

Seems sensible. Leaves more day to day stuff to President.

2. Knight Campus Capital Project Preliminary Expenses (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Hell yes.

3. Quarterly Finance and Treasury Reports (Written Reports Only)

So, 10 minutes to review a $1B budget? that doesn’t even break out the $120M in athletics expenses? WTF? Any quick questions? No? Meeting adjourned.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 am [Materials]

1. Reset the Code Campaign: Allen Hall Advertising representatives  

Will they throw free speech a bone this time?

2. Health Center / Counseling and Testing Center Expansion Overview: Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management  

Yes. Students need this.

3. University Accreditation: Ron Bramhall, Assoc. Vice Provost for Academic Excellence; Chuck Triplett, Asst. Vice President for University Initiatives and Collaboration and Accreditation Liaison Officer   

Chill, Ron’s got this covered.

4. Program Approval – Master of Arts in Language Teaching Studies: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost  


Meeting of the Board Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 1:30 pm Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom   Friday, March 3, 2017 – 10:00 am Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom [Materials]

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 – 1:30 pm (other times approximate) – Convene Public Meeting – Call to order, roll call, verification of quorum – Approval of December 2016 minutes (Action) – Public comment

1. Reports
‐‐ASUO President Quinn Haaga

Quinn gave her usual excellent presentation, with lucid commentary.

‐‐Senate President Bill Harbaugh

Harbaugh, not so much.

‐‐Provost Scott Coltrane
‐‐President Michael Schill

2. AY17‐18 Tuition and Fees (Action): Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost; Jamie Moffitt, Vice President and CFO;  Brad Shelton, Senior Vice Provost for Budget and Strategy

3. Seconded Motions and Resolutions from Committee (pending March 2 committee action)
‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Delegation of Authority / Capital Project Approvals
‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Knight Campus Preliminary Capital Expenses
Meeting Recessed

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 – 10:00 am (other times approximate) – Re‐Convene Public Meeting

4. Federal Affairs: Issues and Trends: Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs; David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation; Betsy Boyd, Assoc. Vice President for Federal Affairs

5. Cluster of Excellence in Focus – Energy and Sustainable Materials: Jim Hutchison, Professor and Lokey Chair of the ONAMI Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative

6. Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact: Patrick Phillips, Acting Executive Director 

Meeting Adjourned

Day 2: Liveish-blog, Board of Trustees Th & Fr in Portland

Meeting of the Board — 1:45PM December 1-2, 2016 [Materials]

The 2015-16 audited financial statements are finally posted here, with past statements here. Spending on Instruction is up 9% over 3 years, spending on research is down, spending on Institutional Support (i.e. administration) is up 17%.


Despite previous requests from the board, UO is still not breaking out Athletics in these operating cost reports.

UO is still stuck with a pile of debt from Knight Arena and the baseball stadium, but is gradually paying that off (unfortunately the bonds were sold without a provision for refinancing) and will be able to borrow for replacing dorms, etc.:


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 – 9:00 am (other times approximate) – Reconvene Public Meeting

4. UO Portland Vision Statement: Jane Gordon, Vice Provost for UO Portland (Moved from Th)

Sorry, missed most of this.

6. Seconded Motions and Resolutions (Pending December 1 committee action) (Action)
–Recommendation from EAC: Selection of Board officers

Passes on a voice vote with no discussion.

–Seconded Motion from FFC: Authorizing Acquisition of Property Rights

Maybe I missed this.

–Seconded Motion from FFC: Authorization for Use of Certain Derivatives

Agreement to settle UO’s $42M lawsuit against the construction companies over shoddy construction of the Global Scholars Hall. UO gets $6M in work to fix the buildings over 3 years, so it will be ready for the IAAF, plus $1M to pay for UO’s external lawyers. I thought there was some cash involved too, but maybe I’m wrong.

Passes on a voice vote.

7. Long-Range Facilities and Physical Infrastructure Planning: Michael Harwood, Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

No discussion of Ron Lovinger’s idea about moving Franklin Blvd back along the railroad tracks to allow for joining the Knight Campus to the regular campus. New Black Cultural Center to be constructed near Hayward Field. Many other new construction and renovation projects. Unfortunately there don’t seem to be any plans to tear down PLC or Collier house.

8. Budget Overview and Key Cost Drivers: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President and CFO


Of course not. Wouldn’t want the Trustees to have this in advance – they might ask informed questions.

The board’s public talking point on enrollment is that it’s leveled off in a planned effort to avoid overcrowding, not declining as Diane Dietz has reported. Actually they’re both sort of right – freshman enrollment is steady (below, by residency) but past large classes are finally graduating. Lots more on the IR website at ir.uoregon.edu


Moffitt & Schill explain that out-of state tuition is at market, but there’s still room to increase in-state tuition. UO has increased spending on tuition discounts, much of it for in-state tuition, and the Governor’s budget also projects more state funding for financial aid for low income students. So my take is that increases in the posted tuition price will *not* mean increases of the same magnitude for our low SES students.

Moffitt talks about how the administration gives itself raises according to the same scale that the faculty union negotiates. Why? She also says that the union contract includes promotional raises that the administrators don’t get, but she’s obfuscating: OA’s get promotions and new job titles, and raises to go along with them. How big? I don’t know, but administrative spending us up 23% over 3 years.

Schill notes that UO is essentially subsidizing the state’s other employees by participating in PEBB, because our employees are healthier. (I think this is $5-10M a year – OUS’s Jay Kenton had a good presentation about it a few years ago.)

Schill asks abut Title IX costs. $1M a year? Moffitt explains that it’s hard to calculate, but yes costs and hiring have gone up. Not to mention how much money we’re paying to cover for Penny Daugherty’s AAEO office mistakes. Lillis asks Moffitt to prepare a summary of these costs.

Bottom line is that Moffitt is predicting a 5% increase in UO’s “Education and General” costs for 2017-18, on a base of about $500M.

Moffitt and Schill tell the board that UO’s administrative staffing is below our AAU peers. Of course so is our faculty staffing.

Obviously there are many places UO can cut administrative spending and also some places where we need to spend more – despite the 23% increase over the past 3 years. The board has not been give anywhere near enough information to have an informed discussion on this.

Schill notes that the Knight Campus will allow UO to recruit more top Oregon students to do science.

9. State Government Affairs: Hans Bernard, Assistant Vice President for State Affairs; Libby Batlan, Senior Director for State Affairs

Hans Bernard has sent this helpful report on UO’s Legislative Agenda and the Governor’s budget, here, starting with the usual PR bragging:


Here’s the beef:


UO got $44M of $55M request for a new classroom and office building. UO will pay $30M in gifts and our own bonds. The missing $11M would have gone to fund renovation of the offices of the administrators and faculty who move into the new building. (This building is in addition to the Tykeson building, for which we got $17M last round.)

Governor agreed to fund the $100M asked for the Knight Campus over 3 biennia. UO is going to try and accelerate that.

Peter Bragdon says he’s willing to join Will Paustian in a protest in Salem over the state’s refusal to fund higher ed. (Anyone know what the Time Place and Manner free speech restrictions are for the capitol’s lobby?)

10. Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact: Patrick Phillips, Acting Executive Director

Patrick Phillips does a great job explaining why the campus is excited about this – more research, more good students – and why it will be good for the state.

Schill gives the Senate a shout-out for its enthusiasm and support for helping implement this project.

Willcox asks if the Campus Planning Committee will be involved. Moffitt: Sort of. They’ve been briefed, and are supportive.

Ginevra Ralph notes that UO should collaborate more with local businesses to help solve the spousal hire issues that UO currently faces, and which will need to be better addressed in order to hire all these new faculty.

12:17PM: Meeting adjourns, then subcommittee reconvenes to approve the GIS programs left over from yesterday. 

Day 1: Liveish-blog, Board of Trustees Th & Fr in Portland

Breaking news: Governor to cut real Higher Ed operating budget, won’t give HECC their requested extra $100M, will fund construction, will blow $35M on “free” community college. In the Oregonian:

Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a roughly equal combination of new revenues and program cuts to close a looming $1.7 billion shortfall in the state’s budget. … In the wake of the November defeat of Measure 97, which would have raised $3 billion a year, Brown is asking legislators to approve $897 million in new revenue to help balance the 2017-19 budget. …

Oregon Opportunity Grants, aimed at helping the state’s neediest post-secondary students, are expanded in Brown’s budget, with an aim of providing financial assistance to an additional 5,000 students.

She has also chosen to preserve the Oregon Promise program, which lets high school students with high enough grades attend one of the state’s nine community colleges for as little as $50 per semester.

Funding for community colleges and higher education, meanwhile, would contain no built-in cost for maintaining current service levels.

“These cuts are a level that I find absolutely unacceptable,” Brown said. “State needs are growing, but state resources are not keeping pace with the needs.”

On the other hand, the governor has proposed spending $350 million to help with facilities projects at the state’s colleges and universities. That effort includes $15 million in bonding money for campus security upgrades in the wake of the October 2015 shootings at Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College.

And I just got this helpful email from Hans Bernard:

Operating Funding:
· The Governor recommends flat funding for universities. The Public University Support Fund (PUSF) is funded at the Legislative Approved Budget (LAB) 2015 level of $667.3 million). Because of the current service level calculations and the technical details on how funds are split over the biennium (49% in the first year, 51% in the second). this does represent a modest cut to UO.

While we will need to manage a slight cut in state support and account for significant cost increases amounting to nearly $25 million in the coming year – the Governor went to great lengths to shield public universities and students from taking a disproportionate cut.

Student Financial Aid:
· The Governor increased funding for the Oregon Opportunity Grant by approximately 8% from last biennium, bringing the total funding amount to $151 million.

Oregon Promise:
· The Governor’s Budget recommends funding the Oregon Promise “Free Community College” program at $39.7 million.

Capital Funding
The proposed budget includes approximately $275 million in funding for university Capital construction projects. The largest slices of the pie are given to UO ($77 million), OSU ($47 million), PSU ($40 million) and OIT ($38 million). The budget also recommends funding for $75 million in community college projects.

UO’s Projects:
Classroom and Faculty Office Building: The Governor’s budget provides $44 million for UO’s Classroom and Faculty Office Building. The project UO submitted to the HECC included funding to renovate faculty offices once the new building was constructed. The Governor’s budget does not provide funding for those portions of the project ($11 million).

Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact: The Governor’s budget supports full funding for the Knight Campus, with the investment made over the course of three biennia. An initial investment of $33 million is included in the 2017-19 budget.

Again, I will provide you a more thorough update in the coming days. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Live webcast on BOT meeting here. Some live-blogging below.

The official BOT website buries the agenda, so here’s an easier version. Haven’t had time to look into the materials much, but I did notice Chuck Lillis and Ginevra Ralph have no competition for their elected Chair and Vice Chair positions. (Last year Lillis presided over the meeting that extended his own term from 2 years to 3.) I note that the UO Senate generaly is able to field competitive slates for these kinds of jobs.

And where are the internal audit reports?

Executive and Audit Committee — 8:30AM December 1, 2016 [Materials]

1. IT Strategic Planning Update: Scott Coltrane, Sr. Vice President and Provost

Sorry, there’s not enough coffee in Portland to get me up early enough to sit through Scott’s powerpoint again. Rumor down at Cafe Roma is that about 15 IT people have left so far or are leaving. There are 12 open IT jobs, including the director position, posted on the HR website. Moral is low.

2. Audited FY16 Financial Statements: Scott Simpson, Partner, Moss-Adams LLP; Jamie Moffitt, Vice President and CFO; Kelly Wolf, Controller

Not in the packet. How can the board do due diligence with this?


Angela passed out packets at the meeting, but there weren’t emugh for the 5 visitors. Presumably it’ll be online soon. The auditor’s report is that all’s well from the from the 40,000 foot level.

3. Quarterly Audit Report and Approval of an External Auditor: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor

UO has been independent from the state’s Audit Board for 3-4 years now. It took a year to hire the first auditor. She left in frustration after a year or so. So did a couple of her staff. That was a year ago. Our new auditor has just staffed out her office and put up a webpage. Someday they may actually start doing internal audits, such as the long promised athletics audit. While the state regularly published their audits of UO, I’m guessing it’s going to be a long public records battle to get these from the PRO.

4. Strategic Enterprise Risk Management and Compliance: Andre LeDuc, Associate Vice President and Chief Resilience Officer

Lots of colorful powerpoint slides. LeDuc’s empire seems to have expanded from security and digging faculty out of the rubble of PLC, to consideration of isssues like IT security, tuition dependancy, grant administration. Not sure where the athletics lawsuits and Halloween parties fit in. Wants to buy more insurance and water filtration systems.

Lillis asks Moffitt if UO has a list of “unfunded mandates” from the feds for UO. This idea presumably comes out of his support for erstwhile Presidental Candidate and higher-ed crank Ben Carson.

Moffitt: There was a report coming out of some east coast school listing these mandates and claiming they were a major driver of administrative bloat, but it was problematic.

5. Board Officers: Trustee Peter Bragdon

Finance and Facilities Committee — 9:45 AM December 1, 2016 [Materials]

1. Standing Finance and Treasury Reports (Written Only) and Authorization for Certain Investment Activities (Action): Karen Levear, Director of Treasury Operations

This is a proposal to invest UO’s medium term funds with the UO Foundation, in stocks and derivatives, for hedging not speculation. It was passed as a ballot inititiative this fall. Very sensible, Lavear knows her stuff.

Kurt Willcox asks what sort of oversight the board will have, and what sort of information the notoriously secretive UO Foundation will share with the Board. Jay Namyet, UOF CIO, says not much. This is a trust me proposal, but imho I trust Lavear’s judgement on this and her ability to keep an eye on Namyet.

Ann Curry asks more skeptical questions. Ross Kari does a good job addressing them, notes that after the last financial meltdown there are now more SEC rules regarding transparency and reserve requirements.

Jay Namyet notes that the UOF insists on dealing with managers who have their own net worth in the fund, and they insist on complete transparency. Good practices – but not ones the Foundation follows for its own employees.

Lillis notes that Namyet has had a spectacular 10 years in terms of investment returns.

2. UO Buildings – Energy Policies and Programs: Michael Harwood, Associate VP for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

Susan Gary: Is it worth it for UO to pay the LEED people to certify buildings as energy efficient. Can’t we just build them that way and save the money? Harwood: probably worth paying for the LEED stamp of approval, for public relations.

Frankly, it’s a little odd to hear so much discussion of energy audits, and so little of internal financial audits from the board.

3. Authorization of Possible Eminent Domain Proceedings (Action): Kevin Reed, Vice President and General Counsel

Diane Dietz has the story here.

Reed makes clear he is taking his responsibility to comply with the Constiution’s taking clause very seriously, with the help of some Portland lawyer.

Lets hope he takes to university’s obligation to comply with the First Amendment, when it comes to our student-reporters, student-athletes, and Divest UO and other protestors just as seriously.

Ann Curry give the RG’s Diane Dietz a shout out over her story on who this will affect the tenants. The Jock Box’s athlete-only parking lot will be untouched, of course.


Moffitt notes that all the funds for relocation etc., will come from the Knight gift.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee — 11:00AM December 1, 2016 [Materials]

1. Title IX – National Picture, Current Trends & UO Organization: Darci Heroy, Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator

Full disclosure: I’ve been working with Darci Heroy for 6 months on the Senate’s successful effort to replace the administration’s mandatory reporting policy with a student-centered policy, and I think she’s very sensible, effective, and committed to reducing campus sexual assault – not trying to cover it up, as has been UO’s unfortunate history.

She shows the board the new safe.uoregon.edu website, which has fixed many of the problems with famously incompetent AAEO Directo Penny Daugherty’s unnavigable and factually inaccurate website. It’s no surprise that the administration has never put Daugherty in front of the Board.

Heroy goes on to give some history on Title IX, explains that the pendulum is shifting back towards increased rights and more legal action for the accused.  Confident that our processes to a good job of blancing the rights of the victim and the accused.

Pres Schill asks Reed about how many lawsuits we have at the moment. Austine et al., and 2 others (?).

Heroy notes that the lawsuits have helped improve UO’s internal processes. She wants UO to be consistent in following the focus of Title IX on making sure that all of our students have access to a fair and compassionate process, one that will make sure they all have equal rights to accessing education.

Ginevra Ralph asks why universities are required to handle sexual assault differently than, say, murder.

Heroy explains that’s because of the focus of title IX on equal access to education. It does put us in an awkward place, we must have a sort of ghost criminal process. Reed agrees.

Ralph follows up, asking about the basketball allegations. Why were we required to investigate, rather than give it to the police?

Reed: The police often inestigate as well, but civil rights law holds us to a higher standard because of our obligation to provide equal access to education.

Reed & Schill: Criminal process has a higher burden of proof, is invasive, public, students don’t use it. We need to protect them anyway.

Heroy gives a shout-out to the Senate RRWG and it’s new policy. Talks about how campus is now working in sync on issues of sexual assault prevention.

Very good discussion between Heroy and the Board.

2. Health Center / Counseling and Testing Center Project Preview: Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management

Moved til after lunch.

3. Student Success: Lisa Freinkel, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Doneka Scott, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success; Ron Bramhall, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Excellence

[Sorry, I had to answer some emails. Sounds like the 15 credit plan is taking off, and Doneka Scott has a handle on the new system for tracking and helping students who are behind.]

Lunch break until 1:45

4. Program Approvals – Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Spatial Data Science and Technology (Geography) (Action): Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost

Meeting of the Board — 1:45PM December 1-2, 2016 [Materials]

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 – 1:45 pm (other times approximate) – Convene Public Meeting
– Call to order, roll call, verification of quorum
– Approval of September 2016 minutes (Action)
– Public comment (2:13).

Sorry, not much live blogging. Check the video. Several public comments calling for more building energy efficiency efforts. Several pointing out the problems with the IT reorganization effort and its thus far negative effect on it personnel and services.

Several comments from owners and leasors of the land UO is negotiating to buy, all building the arguent that their property and investments are worth more than the appraised value. According to the Domino’s owner, our General Counsel stepped in the deep-dish with his RG comments.

Two portland students comment on the Halloween “black-face” incident. Appreciate Schill’s statement. Embarassed by the professor’s actions. Want more university resources in Portland for students to talk about incidents like this.

NOTE: A live teleconference will be available during public comment to accommodate individuals wishing to participate from Eugene (Ford Alumni Center, Room 403)

1. Reports
–ASUO President Quinn Haaga
–Senate President Bill Harbaugh
–Provost Scott Coltrane
–President Michael Schill

2. AY2016-17 Student and UO Scholarship/Waiver Statistics: Roger Thompson, Vice President for
Student Services and Enrollment Management; Jim Brooks, Assistant Vice President and Director
of Financial Aid and Scholarships

3. Classroom Scheduling Task Force – Findings and Next Steps: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President
and Provost; TBD

4. UO Portland Vision Statement: Jane Gordon, Vice Provost for UO Portland

5. Portland Programs In Focus

5.1 Agora Journalism Center, School of Journalism and Communication: Regina Lawrence,
Executive Director, George S. Turnbull Portland Center and Agora Journalism Center; Andrew
DeVigal, Chair in Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement and Professor of Practice

5.2 Sports Product Management, Lundquist College of Business: Roger Best, Professor Emeritus
of Marketing; Damian Vaugh, Assistant Clinical Professor of Product Management

Lot of buzzwords, shiny video. Still no news on the $20M donation we were told would fund this spire of excellence.

Meeting Recessed for the Day

Day two here.


UO Board of Trustees denames Dunn, meets new admins, approves renovations

These are not easy to find on the Board’s website, so I’ve put them here. Schedule and links. Each link below takes you to a post with the respective committee agenda, documents, summary and sometimes some commentary. The full board agenda and materials and some live-blogging are at the bottom.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee —8:30 am – September 8, 2016, Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom 

Finance and Facilities Committee — September 8, 2016 10:00 am – September 8, 2016

Executive and Audit Committee —1:15 pm – September 8, 2016 Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom 

Meeting of the Board — September 8-9, 2016 [Materials] [Livestream]

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 – 2:00 pm – Convene Public Meeting

– Call to order, roll call, verification of quorum – Approval of June 2016 minutes (Action) – Public comment. Those wishing to provide comment must sign up advance and review the public comment guidelines either online (http://trustees.uoregon.edu/meetings) or at the check-in table at the meeting.

Jim Igl: He has provided written documents to the board. He is skeptical of the Historians’ Report’s section on Dunn, and argues that his connection to the KKK was tenuous and short lived. He notes that Dunn was a life-long member of a Methodist church that was famous for its eucemenical nature, not anti-catholicism. He also brings up Dunn’s family connection to Abraham Lincoln.

[I don’t know Mr. Igl, but I want to thank him for stepping up to tell us more about Dunn. As President Schill later noted, the dead cannot speak for themselves, and everyone deserves an advocate. It was a brave move, which I imagine will cost Mr. Igl some grief even though there was nothing in his remarks to suggest that he has anything but disgust for the KKK, racism, or religious intolerance. Quite the opposite.

But my takeaway is that when Dunn took the job as Grand Cyclops, even if it turned out only to be for a day, and only because he was duped, he went to a place from which there is and should not be any returning.]

ASUO VP Natalie (sorry, missed last name). Supports denaming Dunn and Deady. believes majority of students do as well.

ASUO Pres Quinn Hagga: Supports denaming Dunn and Deady, calls for an investigation of the names of all other campus buildings.

1. Recommendation re Dunn Hall (Action): Michael Schill, President

Chuck Lillis: We’re here to decide about Dunn, not Dealy, or Healy, or whoever he was. Oh, Deady. OK.

Pres Schill: Serious decision, those up for denaming are not here to defend themselves. Strongly believes that racism and bigotry have no place at a university. Dunn was the Grand Cyclops of the KKK, a terrorist organization that promoting lynching. Recommends Dunn Hall be denamed today, and then renamed for someone whose life does represent our values, after an open, campus-wide process. Thanks the Black Students for raising this issue, believes that the process they started has benefited us all.

Trustee Andrew Colas gives a very effective speech on why he supports denaming Dunn now, and also Schill’s decision to delay dealing with Deady until the students are back. I’m not going to try and summarize it, I hope the Board posts the video soon.

The still very relevant demands of the 1968 Black Students are here. Read it all, here’s a snippet:

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Frederic S. Dunn is denamed by unanimous vote of the Board.

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Dunn was also a member of the YMCA and a freemason, but he is not buried in Eugene’s Masonic Cemetery with his parents, or in their fabulous Mausoleum. Someone needs to hire HLGR to work on this conspiracy.

More Dunn trivia: The YMCA sent him to Italy to work with US soldiers after WWI. What sort of classics professor comes back from a trip to Italy hating Catholics?

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2. Seconded Motions and Resolutions (Actions)
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Pacific Hall Renovation (pending September 8 committee action)
–Seconded Motion from FFC: Oregon Hall Renovation (pending September 8 committee action)

Allyn Ford recuses himself from the vote, because he’s giving the money for this. Pretty sweet, and the board cracks up.

3. New Administrator Introductions: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost

Sorry, I got sucked down the Dunn history hole. Provost Coltrane introduces President Schill’s many recent hires. They all sound good from where I’m sitting. Schill gives Coltrane full credit for hiring them.

4. President’s Report: Michael Schill, President

Pres Schill discusses how much UO has improved in the past year. Agreed.

He then goes on to discuss how he is meeting the remaining demands of the Black Student task force and how UO is trying to meet them. Frankly, some of this stuff sounds illegal given past court rulings, but then I’m not a lawyer.

$1.05B in fundraising so far. In the past year *80%* has been for academics. As Schill notes, this is a turnaround.

Budget: 12% of Education and General Fund budget comes from the State. [Thanks to Schill for giving this correctly, instead of using the 6% of UO’s total budget – i.e. including the Duck crap, which his predecessors always trotted out to dis the state and the taxpayers.]

Lots of uncertainty about next biennium, particularly if Measure 97 fails. If it does, we will need double digit tuition increases and spending cuts.

[Me: Vote for Measure 97! Sure it’s not perfect but what tax is. Oregon needs more money for basic services like health and education, and HLGR’s Bill Gary and Sharon Rudnick are never going to get PERS cuts through the Oregon Supreme Court when the judges are in PERS, no matter what we pay them.]

3:25PM: Lillis recesses for a private “training session” with the Board. Uh-Oh, last time this happened they decided to subsidize Tracktown’s IAAF championship bid.

Meeting Recessed

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – 9:30 am – Reconvene Public Meeting [Materials] [Livestream]

[Sorry, no live-blog today. Tran Nguyen has it covered on twitter: https://twitter.com/tranngngn]

5. Presidential Assessment Report: Chuck Lillis, Chair; Ginevra Ralph, Vice Chair

6. AY16-17 Tuition and Fee Setting-Process: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost

7. Clusters in Focus
–Center for Genome Function: Eric Selker, Professor of Biology and Member of the Institute for Molecular Biology; Diana Libuda, Assistant Professor of Biology; Jeffrey McKnight, Assistant Professor of Biology
–Health Promotion, Obesity Prevention & Human Development: Beth Stormshak, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Human Services and Director of the Prevention Science Institute

8. Federal Funding at the UO: David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation; Jim
Brooks, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

9. UO Portland – Update: Jane Gordon, Vice Provost for UO Portland

Meeting Adjourned

Executive and Audit Committee —1:15 pm – September 8

Executive and Audit Committee —1:15 pm – September 8, 2016 Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom [Materials]

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Whoops, that’s from OSU. Also see their detailed work plan posted by their Board’s Executive and Audit Committee. Compare with the minimalist info the UO Board is willing to share:

UO: Convene – Call to order, roll call – Approval of June 2016 EAC minutes (Action) 

1. Quarterly Audit Report and Amendment to Internal Audit Charter (Action): Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor

There is no Quarterly Audit Report in the materials. Perhaps they will have copies at the meeting? [Yes, and the Board Secretary was kind enough to provide a pdf, here. Not much has been done.]

For some history on the sudden departure of Brenda Muirhead, UO’s previous Chief Auditor, see here. The rumors are that she left because of a lack of cooperation from the VPFA’s office. For last quarter’s uninformative report to the Board from the Audit Office see here.

The main item on the UO agenda is this, which a skeptic might say is aimed at weakening the need to document the independence or lack of independence of UO’s Internal Audit Office, and at buying another 2 years before peer review is required:

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For some background on what university Audit Committees are supposed to do, see the AGB on “Assessing the Quality of Internal Audit

Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor: Not much has been done, because of turnover in the office. Expect to make offers to tw new auditors shortly. We’ve been brainstorming with other ex-OUS schools. Making sure our salaries are competitive. Bought some software, get our policies and procedures set up. Identifying a closed-source provider to help out when things get busy. Brainstorm with the ACUA. Joined the Oregon chief auditors council.

A few softballs from the committee, Lillis asks for a voice vote, passes. Then on to:

2. University IT and Computing Priorities Update: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost; Chris Krabiel, Interim CIO; Adriene Lim, Dean of Libraries

The Blustain report has been out for several months now and it’s a done deal. Link to full text and some skeptical comments here. All that remains is implementation, which is not the Board’s area of comparative advantage or their fiduciary responsibility. So why are they spending more time on it, instead of new things?

Meeting Adjourns

Finance and Facilities Committee — September 8, 10:00AM

Elevator version: Moffitt says the academic budget is sort of OK. Meanwhile Mullens is raking in the dough, and spending it just as quickly on whatever he wants. No talk of the long overdue Athletics Department contributions to UO’s academic mission.

Finance and Facilities Committee — September 8, 2016 10:00 am – September 8, 2016 [Materials] [Livestream]

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Whoops, that’s the OSU Board’s Finance and Administration Committee. Here’s what I could put together for UO’s committee:

Convene – Call to order and roll call – Approval of June 2016 FFC minutes (Action) – Public comment

Lois Yoshishigi, classified staff from the business office. Comments on the Oregon Hall renovation. Her office works with student loan repayment, and will have to move. She is worried that the move will make it more difficult for students to work with them on repayment rescheduling, and that this will discourage students who need help to stay in college.

Chair Ross Kari thanks her for her comments and says they will be considered.

1. Quarterly and Year‐End Finance Report: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO

This is the one place where UO beats OSU. See page 3 of the UO materials for VPFA Jamie Moffitt’s summary of UO’s financial situation, followed by pages of detailed information.

Moffitt: Students are taking more credits, fund balance is up a little, the well is run-rate-even and should be for this coming year too.

2. Auxiliary Budget Review: Athletics: Rob Mullens, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Eric Roedl, Deputy Athletic Director

I’m no internal auditor sworn to follow the IIA’s Red Book & Code of Ethics, but if Rob Mullens’ and Eric Roedl’s “budget review” doesn’t raise some red flags with UO’s Chief Auditor, what will? Starts on page 9:

Moffitt introduces, explains that the committee has mostly talked about the E&G budget, will spend more on “auxiliary units” like the Ducks.

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I’ve lost track of how many years, and how many auditors, UO’s Audit Office has gone through while saying it would someday audit athletics, or at least try “To gain an understanding of the athletics program in order to identify inherent risks ….”:

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Mullens, who got a fat raise from the trustees last year, skims through the finances with a few pie charts. Makes his usual subtle pitch for another Autzen expansion. Are the trustees going to ask him any tough questions? Such as:

  1. Why are you charging the President’s office $500K for the Autzen skybox and basketball tickets?
  2. Why are UOs regular students still subsidizing the $2.5M Jock Box, given all your new revenue?
  3. What’s the new sneaker deal going to look like? Where are you going to spend that money?
  4. Are you ever going to start contributing to UO’s academic mission?

Ann Curry asks Mullens about UO’s ranking in NCAA’s bullshit Academic Progress Rate. Break this out for the revenue athletes. Mullens explains all the help that the Jock Box gives student-athletes to make sure they can stay eligible to play and earn money for him and the coaches.

Ross Kari notes the risks of revenue variation. Mullens admits football season ticket sales have fallen. Kari asks him if he has plans for cost cutting or revenue enhancement.

Lillis: Any progress in refinancing the Arena debt? Moffitt: As you know the deal was structured in a way that makes it very difficult to refinance. We’ve talked with a lot of bankers. We’re stuck with it. [Meaning the academic side is also stuck with the high interest rate on the $500K a year we’re paying for the chunk of land that Matt Court sits on. Thanks for all that, Kilkenny.]

3. Capital Construction & Planning
‐‐Oregon Hall Renovation (Action): Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO

Moffitt: It’s complicated, we’re trying to handle all the disruption and moves as well as possible. [Striking that the Jocks have everything, while UO’s multi-cultural student services don’t have places for confidential student advising.]

‐‐Pacific Hall Renovation (Action): David Conover, Vice President for Research and Innovation; Bill Cresko, Professor and Associate Vice President for Research

[Cheryl and Allyn Ford have already donated $7M for this. Nice]

Conover: We need more space for more science faculty and labs. We want to renovate, create space for 14 labs, with undergrad, PhDs, post-docs etc.

Cresko: This building was originally science, gradually got taken over by AAA etc. We’re going to convert it back to science. Much cheaper and quicker than new construction, we’re already recruiting faculty for these labs.

4. UO Buildings – Energy Policies and Programs: Michael Harwood, Associate VP for Campus Planning and Facilities Management

Academic and Student Affairs Committee —8:30 am – September 8

These are not easy to find on the Board’s website, so I’ve put them here.

Elevator version: A long rambling report from Coltrane on academic program assessment, followed by a substantive report on UO’s new student success initiatives, with Schill’s new hire Doneka Scott and Bramhall and Freinkel. The trustees were fully engaged by the later, session ran late with questions.

Academic and Student Affairs Committee —8:30 am – September 8, 2016, Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom [Materials] [Livestream].

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Whoops, that’s the agenda from Oregon State’s Academic Strategies Committee. Html with links to all their work – including a complete self-assessment of their board, here. For comparison, the UO Board’s equivalent committee’s agenda – which I had to scrape from a pdf, is below:

Convene – Call to order, roll call – Introductory comments and agenda review  – Approval of June 2016 ASAC minutes (Action)  – Public comment

1. Academic Program Review: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost; Susan Anderson, Senior Vice Provost

Reading these content-lite powerpoints you’d never know that UO is up for reaccreditation this year. Does our Board know?

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I missed most of this, mostly seemed to be Coltrane talking about how academic programs are reviewed. Mentioned Academic Analytics. Lots of talk about consolidating honors under the Honor’s College. That will be a tough sell.

Coltrane passes around the schedule of program reviews. It’s not in the online materials. LCB hasn’t had an external review since 1991? Or did I hear him wrong?

Most of the discussion is a very basic , general discussion about how academic reviews are done. It’s surprising that this committee isn’t getting into specifics or asking more knowledgeable questions.

Coltrane offers to share examples of some reviews off-line with the committee members. He hadn’t done this already? No wonder they don’t have any good questions. He does mention the fact that UO’s accreditation is up for review this year, at the very end of his talk.

Ginevra Ralph asks about humanities programs and how the review process handles their importance.

2. Student Success Initiatives: Scott Coltrane, Senior Vice President and Provost; Lisa Freinkel, Dean of Undergraduate Studies; Ron Bramhall, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Doneka Scott, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Fortunately this part seems a bit more substantive:

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Coltrane gives Ron Bramhall a great introduction, noting he has worked both sides of the faculty union bargaining table.

Lisa Freinkel introduces Doneka Scott, who was hired by Schill to try and increase graduation rates and graduation time, and then goes on to explain how UO will target specific kinds of students to increase retention in years 1-2, and then target students in 1-4 to get them to take enough classes that they don’t need to stay for 5. Both strategies will save students enormous amounts of money.

Doneka Scott then explains how UO will target students by academic performance, rate of credit accumulation. Students who take too credits in their first quarter never catch up.

But, she also notes that most students leave for non-academic reasons: family, health, money. Believes that student engagement with the university as their home, where they should be. Wants to implement campus wide centralized advising. Student centered, evidence based, interventions for students identified as needing help. Mandatory advising for targeted students. [This all sounds very good so far.]

Bramhall’s turn:

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Majors need to give their students 4-year degree paths with milestones. Need to address advising about these classes, potentially readdress the curriculum? [I’m guessing Bramhall’s not proposing we have them all take Doug Blandy’s easy A online AAD 250-252 sequence.]

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Allyn Ford and others ask some good questions about how these new efforts will affect first generation, low income students.  Important, because the easy way to move these metrics is to just admit richer students.

Willcox notes that her committee will come back to this at the next meeting. The members are impressed by how much has been done on this since Schill first raised it last year, as they should be.


Here is some info on past meetings of this committee:

Academic and Student Affairs Committee — June 2, 2016 [Materials] [Webcast] [Minutes]

UO Trustees post self-evaluation of Board’s performance, want audit info

They want more diversity on the board, more info on finances and audits, more time to interact with students, faculty, deans, and ask questions and have discussions, and less emphasis on one-sided presentations:

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Just kidding, that’s the OSU Board of Trustees. Full 7 page evaluation here. I have no idea if the UO Board has done anything similar.

UO Board meetings video: Senate myths, Divest UO, Deady denaming, etc

The UO BOT does not post videos of the board meetings – so UO Matters operatives will do it for them. More to come. (Links fixed, thanks.)

Randy Sullivan’s farewell speech to the Board: “Six Myths the UO Trustees believe about the University Senate” starts at https://youtu.be/qn1T21TlS_0?t=2h8m2s

Faculty Union President Michael Dreiling explains to the Trustees how UO gives its students education in science, finance, and politics – and they’re now using it to fight for CO2 reductions. Starts at https://youtu.be/qn1T21TlS_0?t=1h8m9s, the students follow Dreiling.

UO alumni and faculty use the Black Students campaign to rename Deady and the Boards public comment period to teach us all a little Oregon history. Starts at https://youtu.be/qn1T21TlS_0?t=1h36m2s. I’m hoping history lessons will become a regular part of the board meetings. I’m working on a talk about Treetops, Phimister Proctor, and Irene Hazard Gerlinger.

ASUO Student Government President Helena Schlegel – chased off the board by Chair Chuck Lillis – returns for a postscript. starts at https://youtu.be/qn1T21TlS_0?t=1h57m45s

June 2 Board meeting, continued:

The morning committee meetings are here. Live video here. Some live blogging below. Usual disclaimer: my opinion of what people said, should have said, meant, or should have meant.

Highlights (to be updated):

  • Strong public comments from the the Divest UO students, who describe the contempt they’ve received from the UO Foundation while making rational, reasoned arguments in favor of CO2 divestment. An impressive group of students. They talk about the Divest Fund – a fiendishly clever plan to outflank the UO Foundation’s monopoly on donations to UO. I can’t wait to hear what Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold has to say, later in the meeting.
  • Outgoing Senate President Randy Sullivan demolishes the Board’s “six myths about the Senate”.
  • UO Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold reports on high earnings, investments in alternative energy, high cost of unwinding the foundation’s troubled tar-sands private equity deal.

More on Divest UO – an OPB interview:

We hear why some students at the University of Oregon want the college to stop investing in fossil fuels companies. Guests: Oregon senior and co-director of the Divest UO campaign, Erik Jung; and University of Oregon Foundation President, Paul Weinhold.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm. Full Board.  Materials

12:30 pm (other times approximate) – Convene Public Meeting

– Call to order, roll call, verification of quorum
– Opening remarks
– Approval of March 2016 minutes (Action)
– Public comment

Those wishing to provide comment must sign up advance and review the public comment guidelines either online (http://trustees.uoregon.edu/meetings) or at the check‐in table at the meeting.

I’m sorry, I’m listening not blogging. I’m hoping there’s video somewhere.

Strong public comments from the the Divest UO students, who describe the contempt they’ve received from the UO Foundation while making rational, reasoned arguments in favor of CO2 divestment. An impressive group of students. They talk about the Divest Fund – a fiendishly clever plan to outflank the UO Foundation’s monopoly on donations to UO. I can’t wait to hear what Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold has to say, later in the meeting.

De-naming Deady: Fascinating to hear the alumni speak about Deady and Oregon history. How often does William Lloyd Garrison’s name come up in a Board meeting?

1. End of Year Reports

– Senate President Randy Sullivan

In homage to President Schill’s excellent speech yesterday, on “Six Myths About Higher Education”, Senate President Randy Sullivan marks his last Board meeting with a report titled “Six Myths About The UO Senate”. (Schill loves this, of course.) Most of these myths originated with the very bitter Bob Berdahl, and were taken up with enthusiasm by Lillis, and too many others on the UO Board. The faculty representative on the Board, Susan Gary (Law) did nothing to fight these memes.

Randy is knocking these myths down one-by-one, starting with a reminder that it is faculty governance, operating through institutions like the Senate, that make U.S. higher education the envy of the world. He gives full credit to Mike Schill for the progress that has been made over the past year repairing the damage done by Berdahl, Gottfredson and Coltrane.

‐Associated Students of the University of Oregon, 2015‐16 President Helena Schlegel

Helena was the student representative until last year, when she left in frustration over her dismissive treatment. Her report touches on the tuition increase, Black Student Demands, Shasta Lake.

2. President’s Report, President Michael Schill

Sorry, listening not blogging. Close to $1B in campaign, 60% for the academic side, ratio has been increasing.

3. Seconded Motions and Resolutions (Actions)

‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: AY2016‐17 expenditure authorization (pending June 2 committee action)
‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Naming of certain facilities (pending June 2 committee action)
‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Multimedia license agreement (pending June 2 committee action)

4. University of Oregon Foundation Overview, University of Oregon Foundation President and CEO Paul Weinhold

Video of Weinhold’s presentation here:

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Whoops, that’s Weinhold in Doha, promising the full faith and credit of his $1B foundation to the notoriously corrupt IAAF and their President Lamine Diack to cover any losses or cost overruns if they will hold their Track and Field Championships in Eugene. They took him up on his offer.

Weinhold tells the UO Board that, under CIO Jay Namyet, the UO Foundation is doing a stellar job investing funds.

Are any of the Trustees going to ask about the Divest UO campaign? Yes, Ann Curry: What about fossil fuels investments. Are they part of the reason for Namyet’s high returns? Weinhold: Syracuse and UMass say they are divesting, but if you look at the language they haven’t. We have 1% in carbon, 6% in alternative energy. Weinhold:

“We don’t ever want to put ourselves in a situation where we would be liars.”

On that topic, here’s the UO Foundation’s Chief Investment Officer Jay Namyet’s pissy email to the UO Divest students (more here):

On 2015/04/09 10:05, Jay Namyet wrote:

[UO Divest undergraduate student],

When I asked you all why you were meeting with the president, the response I got was to learn his personal thoughts about this issue.

Turns out, not really.

As is indicated by [UO Divest undergraduate student] below in [pronoun redacted] email to the president’s office, and just as you three did with me this morning, this is about pressing your argument for divestment even though you have already received responses from all parties involved.

I offered an olive branch to you all last meeting and was the basis for today’s meeting. You all chose to ignore that and continue to beat the same drum of divestment.

I don’t appreciate being lied to about your intent of meeting with the president and I don’t appreciate your not honoring the reason for meeting today with me.

As a result, you have now lost the opportunity for further dialogue with me.


Trustee Susan Gary (Law) then lavishes Weinhold with praise for doing so much.

5. University “Clusters of Excellence” Initiative – Update, Provost and Senior Vice President Scott Coltrane, Vice President for Research Brad Shelton

I’m looking at Coltrane’s slides and not seeing anything about the contentious Sports Product Design proposal that Lillis was pushing last year. Wasn’t that one of the clusters? Or was it a spire? Weren’t we going to get $20M in donations to pay for it?  We didn’t, but now Coltrane is claiming it will pay for itself.

Instead, Coltrane has a slew of impressive looking new science hires to announce, funded in part by donors and in part by the Schill’s internal cost-savings.

Ballmer: Would it be better to see a more directed approach from the central administration?

Schill: It’s very hard to have a top down approach with top faculty. We can put them in a lab together, give them resources, but we don’t have the expertise to direct them in particular research directions – they are the ones on the cutting edge, they are the only people in the world who know where research should go. Ballmer pushes back a little: university has already done some direction, by picking the clusters. You can make sure they understand the high expectations. Schill: Oh they do!

~ 4:00PM Thursday. Meeting Adjourned


Friday, June 3:

The BOT meeting was originally scheduled for June 2 and 3, then changed to a one day meeting.  I found out that they’d set aside June 3 for a closed “training session”.  The last time they did this BOT Secretary Angela Wilhelms kicked Diane Dietz and me out of the room, and the board then met with Vin Lananna about the multi-million dollar TrackTown subsidy plan.

There was no information about the June 3 meeting on the Board’s website. It took a public records request to find out what Friday’s meeting  meeting was about:

Dear Ms Thornton –

This is a public records request for a copy of the agenda and meeting materials for the UO Board of Trustees June 3 “training day” session.I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest, and ask for a prompt response given that the meeting takes place on Friday.

I am ccing UO Trustee Susan Gary (Law) as she should have a copy of these public records, and should be able to forward them at minimal expense.

Thanks, Bill Harbaugh

Today I got the agenda and the packet, here. The PRO Office sent their usual zipped pdf. It seems they are using a lossy compression algorithm designed to make reproduction and character-recognition more difficult:Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.44.49 PM

But GC Kevin Reed was kind enough to send the original, no charge:

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Haven’t had time to read it, but it seems to be about how to perform your due diligence as a member of a university board. What a great idea, because the past three years of Chuck Lillis’s leadership have been pretty rocky.