SAIL recruiting UO faculty to talk at local schools

My usual pitch to faculty is “Surely there must be something about your research that would interest high school students for 45 minutes?” But just in case I recommend asking one of your undergrads to come along and answer questions about college life. Details here at “Around the O” and the SAIL website is here. 2/25/2013.

Oregon fails

A third of Oregon’s HS students do not graduate on time. Betsy Hammond of the Oregonian has the latest data: 

Oregon high schools’ on-time graduation rate remained mired at 68 percent for the class of 2012, the same as the year before, when Oregon ranked fourth worst in the nation.

Dropping out of HS leads to a pretty grim life. You might think that as a college professor you can’t do much to increase HS graduation rates. You’d be surprised – UO has many effective programs where faculty volunteers can and do make a difference. 1/31/2013.

College matters

In the NYT, here. Those economists can argue about correlation/causation and the diff-in-diff. But I’ll just point out that the NYT doesn’t even bother to report the data for HS dropouts. Which would be an astonishing 40% of the students in the Springfield, Oregon school district, just three miles from UO. You can do something to get some of these students into college, by volunteering to help with UO’s SAIL program, here.

Oregon fails its children. You can help them succeed.

Betsy Hammond in the Oregonian:

Oregon has the fourth-worst high school graduation rate in the nation, according to the federal government’s most accurate state-by-state report on the topic.

Just 68 percent of Oregon high school students in the class of 2011 earned a diploma in four years, according to data released Monday.

At Springfield High School, three miles from UO, that rate is just 60%. If you are a UO professor, volunteer to join the SAIL program at We know how to get these kids on the college track, we’ve got the results to prove it, and we know how to effectively use your abilities as a college professor to expand the program to more students. We have started a new SAIL program at PSU, with the same goal, and we can use more volunteers there as well. We have also received lots of invaluable help from UO staff and OAs, and from UO students volunteering as mentors, and we welcome more. Thanks! 11/28/2012.

Affirmative Action for women in science?

The NYT raises the question. Several of the NYT panelists mention mentoring and programs to get girls interested in science, as an alternative to heavy handed quotas and hiring preferences. UO has a lot of successful fill the pipeline programs to do that, and is building more. Meanwhile here is some actual data on the UO faculty. CAS Science is at the bottom, and while its TTF is more than representative of the pool (national PHD’s) when it comes to minorities, it is far behind on women. Compare columns 1 and 3. I’ve written before about UO’s UMRP and its peculiar and probably illegal AA efforts. To top off the idiocy, UO’s UMRP does not even apply to women, just to minorities. 10/1/2012.