Pres Schill sends year-end reflections

Dear Colleagues,

This weekend, as I watched the graduate parade from the steps of Johnson Hall and gave out diplomas (actually diploma covers) to jubilant students in the Memorial Quad, I found tears streaming down my face on more than one occasion. These were not tears of sadness; to the contrary, they were of relief and gratitude. As we close a very challenging year, I’ve been reflecting a lot on how the University of Oregon came through the pandemic and am looking ahead to what the future will hold. I’d like to start by acknowledging the efforts of folks who helped the university successfully navigate the past 15 months.

Thank you to our faculty who adapted their courses at a moment’s notice and learned new technologies with strange names like Zoom. Thank you to our academic advisors and numerous volunteers who contacted all of our students to see how they were doing during those early confusing and scary days of the pandemic. Thank you to our frontline workers on campus who continued to feed our students, clean our buildings, and keep us healthy and safe. Thank you to our researchers who shifted their work to develop our state-of-the-art testing program and address other COVID-19 impacts. And thank you to the 200-plus administrators and staff who took on many new responsibilities and navigated rapidly changing health guidance to successfully orchestrate our operations in emergency mode. There are so many people to thank across the university that I know this barely scratches the surface. We—all of us working together as a community—kept the university afloat and poised to prosper in the future.

That isn’t to say that there weren’t hardships. There most definitely were. Some staff who worked in parts of the university that were particularly impacted by the loss of people on campus (e.g., housing, dining, transportation) or by the cancellation of programs (e.g., global education, athletics) were laid off or had their FTE cut. All deans and vice presidents voluntarily took salary reductions for six months, and all employees in athletics had their compensation reduced for one year.

Economic losses were by no means the only hardships COVID-19 visited upon our community. Some of our faculty, staff, and students lost loved ones to the disease, and some became ill themselves. Many of our faculty and staff experienced—and are still experiencing—severe stress and disruption as they juggle work while caring for children or other family members or worry about what the future may hold. For some research-active faculty members and graduate students, interruptions to scholarly work may set back their career trajectories. And, for our students, COVID-19 was hard in so many ways. While some flourished in remote education, many did not. The pandemic created isolation and anxiety. And I recognize that it was particularly challenging for those from underrepresented populations. These stresses were amplified by the horrific murder of George Floyd and the racial reckoning that gripped our nation and community.

As I recount these very significant hardships of the last year, you may wonder how on earth I could write that we were “successful” in navigating through the crisis. Of course, expectations play a role in light of what I feared might happen once the gravity of the pandemic became apparent last year. As our student enrollment declined by over 900 students, and as our nation’s economy ground to a halt, I became very concerned about the long-range financial viability of the institution. Indeed, as some of you may remember, I wrote to you about these concerns and, along with University Senate leadership, appointed a task force to help us plan for possible draconian solutions, like the closing of programs, departments, or even schools or colleges should that have been necessary. My administration and United Academics also completed very challenging negotiations regarding potential temporary salary reductions that could be triggered in the event the university endured substantial losses.

And yet, we persevered. How could we have sustained over $200 million in pandemic-related expenses and lost revenue due to COVID-19 and not have had to make the program closures, university-wide salary cuts, or retirement contribution reductions that many of our much better-funded peer universities did? We moved quickly to dramatically reduce our costs. We stopped traveling, holding events, and buying new equipment. We instituted a one-year pay freeze for faculty and officers of administration and limited our hiring to only the most critical positions. We launched a summer workshare program. These temporary actions allowed us to conserve resources and avoid going over the cliff. In some cases, recapturing these savings so as to preserve jobs and the overall integrity of the university also led to budgetary realignments that are disruptive to individual units, and so I am appreciative of everyone’s sense of joint community support as we have made our way through this year.

Additionally, federal assistance is helping to fill some of the holes in our budget. Under three successful COVID-19 relief bills, the university will receive a total of $83 million. Just under half of this will be distributed directly to students as financial aid or emergency assistance.

As we move forward, our budget will continue to be difficult for three to four years, largely because of the impact of losing so many incoming students in the fall of 2020. We project only modest deficits as long as we limit increases in our expenses, receive sufficient state budgetary support, and experience robust fall 2021 student enrollment. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to achieve all three of these conditions.

Due to the robust economic recovery and effective advocacy led by our government affairs staff and United Academics, we currently expect a modest increase in state funding. While it won’t be nearly enough to cover all of our increased costs, it will be welcome indeed. And we are experiencing strong indications that our first-year class enrollment will be very strong. We have a record number of deposits, and the cumulative GPA of deposited students is higher than it has ever been. Of course, many prospective students across the country placed deposits at multiple universities since they were not able to make college visits and wanted to keep their options open. Obviously, if a number of these students decide not to enroll at the UO, we could be facing a very grim situation. But I do not foresee that happening as long as we can return to in-person education, as planned.

In some sense, just staying afloat in the pandemic can be seen as successful but we did much better than that. Our research profile continued to expand despite the challenges. The first building of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact opened in December 2020, and its laboratories are now almost full with new faculty members and graduate students. Lab renovations in Klamath Hall have been completed, and planning is ongoing for a major renovation of Huestis Hall. Our fingers are crossed that the legislature will fund the renovation of Villard and University halls in the next two weeks. Provost Patrick Phillips and many faculty members are hard at work planning and implementing a series of interdisciplinary research initiatives on the environment, human performance and sport, racial disparities, and innovation. These research initiatives should ultimately lift every school and college in the university. In addition, new and exciting ideas are bubbling up from academic departments and schools and colleges across the university such as the School of Global Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, the business law program in the School of Law, and a new BFA in dance that requires mastery in both African- and European-based dance forms.

When I became president of the University of Oregon in 2015, I set three major objectives: (1) increase the research excellence of the university, (2) improve student success, and (3) enhance the experience, diversity, and inclusion of our community. Together, we have made significant progress on each of these goals, including creating the Knight Campus and increasing sponsored research, raising our four-year graduation rate by over 10 percentage points, building the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center, and increasing student diversity. We also will complete our capital campaign in the next month or so, exceeding the original goal by over $1 billion.

But more, much more remains to be done. We need to complete the vision of the Knight Campus and implement the ambitious research initiatives planned all over our university. We need to increase graduation rates, reduce racial disparities in degree attainment, and redouble our efforts to make our students career ready. And, we need to work hard to build robust and stable diversity on campus by addressing faculty and staff recruitment and retention and by making the UO an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.

For us to be successful in achieving these objectives, we must come together like never before in the coming school year. It won’t be easy but we have demonstrated over the past several months what we can achieve when we come together. As we plan for a return to in-person education in the fall, I understand we are all feeling various levels of discomfort. After all, for the past 15 months we stopped shaking hands, discussing important topics face to face, and sharing meals together. In our isolation and caution we have been conditioned to view others as vectors of risk. So, it is only natural for us to feel uneasy and vulnerable. But with vaccinations readily available, dropping infection rates, and new treatments we will need to overcome some of these newly learned instincts so we can work together to achieve the University of Oregon’s mission of exceptional teaching, discovery, and service.

I hope that I and other administrators have built your trust as we have led the university through the pandemic. I make you the following promise—we will continue to follow the science and best practices emerging from the CDC and our peer institutions. We understand we will need to accommodate the reasonable needs of our community members whenever we can in an equitable manner while providing a predominantly in-person experience. We will consult widely, and we will not be guided by fear or emotion. We will not make forced errors by making decisions prematurely. We will communicate transparently. And, we will look after the welfare of our community now and into the future.
We have made it through a very difficult time. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together as we move forward.

Sincerely,
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

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UO Senate surveys members on how its slacktivism efforts affected their comfort level

Greetings, Senators and members of the Senate Exec,
The Senate Antiracism Academy wants to hear from you about how our work in this area went this year. When you have a moment, can you please take our 9-item survey? Thank you. 
Also, Rehearsals for Life requests feedback on their session from those of us who attended. If you’d like to provide feedback to them, you can do so here
Thanks again for all your engagement with and attention to the Senate this year. It was a pleasure to work with you all. Good luck finishing up the term!

JH to show some mercy to some pre-tenure faculty

Dear University of Oregon Faculty Colleagues,

As the 2020-21 academic year winds down, we look forward with great hope for the coming fall. Yet we cannot pretend that the past 15 months have not had dramatic impacts on many in our community. This message announces a new program to help address potential impacts on a particularly vulnerable subset of the community: pre-tenure faculty.

National data and a recent campus survey suggest a significant negative impact on faculty research and productivity during the pandemic. While factors such as childcare, remote teaching, and travel restrictions have impacted all scholars, a number of studies also suggest that there have been disparate impacts on research productivity among faculty, particularly caregivers and faculty of color. This is especially concerning for pre-tenure faculty because of the potential career impact of the tenure process itself.

Our institutional support of faculty throughout the pandemic includes: development of resources for remote teaching, the online course initiative, tenure-clock extensions, Covid-19 impact grants to assistant and recently promoted associate professors, and minimization of service commitments.

As we emerge from the pandemic and begin to transition back to campus, we want to let you know that we are also now offering an additional program for pre-tenure faculty during the period from Winter 2022 through Spring 2023 (five academic terms). The program will provide a course release for one academic term for negatively impacted faculty members so that they can focus solely on advancing their scholarship and creative practice that term. This is an investment in the research mission of the institution and the lifelong success of early-career faculty, made possible through a philanthropic gift.

The goal of the program is to serve as an equalizer, supporting faculty members whose research productivity was negatively impacted by the pandemic based on one of the following criteria:
Had primary caregiving responsibilities for a close family member during the pandemic
Suffered from Covid-19 related illness or had a close family member who was stricken
Sustained a death of a family member due to Covid-19
Unable to conduct research because of Covid-19 restrictions
Any pre-tenure faculty member who is in year one through five of their UO career during academic year 2020-21 is eligible for the new program. Faculty may not have submitted a tenure dossier for academic year 2021-22 and must meet one or more of the above criteria.

The deadline to apply is September 17, 2021. In applying for the research term release, faculty will be asked to submit a CV and to briefly address how their work was impacted during the pandemic. While we anticipate most requests will be honored, impact will need to be clear, as will the plan for the term to be helpful in returning to pre-Covid levels of productivity. Submit an application through this link.

To achieve the desired outcome, the course release cannot be taken in a term when faculty retain other teaching responsibilities. In order to minimize disruptions to scheduling during the five terms of eligibility, the timing of the term will need to be mutually agreeable for both the academic unit and faculty member.

We thank the many people across the university who provided input on structure and intent of this program. We recognize that this is not all things to all people who have been impacted over the last year. However, it is an opportunity to support the success of faculty whose career paths could be irrevocably damaged. In this way, this program is an investment in the long-term future of the university as a whole.

The pandemic, as you all know, has taken a toll on our community in various ways. Our hope is that this new program will provide some relief to faculty members whose research has been impacted due to significant obstacles since the pandemic began. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Janet Woodruff-Borden at execviceprovost@uoregon.edu.

We wish you the best and hope you are able to gain some respite during the summer. Please take care.

Sincerely,

Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law

Patrick Phillips
Provost and Senior Vice President

GC Kevin Reed can’t get ethics approval for Pres Schill to take free Alaskan fishing trip with trustee who sets his salary

Some would say “hell yes I want to catch some big salmon, but of course I’ll have to pay for the trip myself”. Others would say “let me have my $350K lawyer, paid with public funds, send the Oregon Government Ethics Commission a brief asking if I can let you pay for my fishing trip.”

President Schill choose the latter, and it seems UO General Counsel Kevin Reed’s brief was not well received. This must have been one of the easier of OGEC Director Ron Bersin’s many decisions about the propriety of government officials accepting gifts from “friends”:

Thanks to an anonymous reader for sending me these public records, and yes it is odd that Bersin didn’t post Reed’s request along with this response.

Honors College will pay $12K for one “Virtual Faculty in Residence” online course

Current UO Faculty are not eligible to apply, presumably because that would mess with UO’s monopsony wage discrimination scheme. InsideHigherEd has the job ad here, some snippets:

The Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon is offering a Virtual Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) Award to enhance course offerings in areas promoting equity and inclusion. This award will support a non-University of Oregon faculty member to teach one course in the CHC in either winter or spring term 2022. The course will be taught remotely. The proposed 400-level course can be offered twice a week or weekly. …

UO employees are not eligible to apply. The award carries a $12,000 stipend. …

To apply, please send the following to chcdeansoffice@uoregon.edu. Review will begin on August 1, 2021:

  • Short (500 word) letter of interest that addresses the contribution the proposed course could make to our curriculum (information about the CHC’s recently updated curriculum can be found here)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. evaluations, student feedback, peer reviews, syllabi)
  • Syllabus for the course to be taught that includes a course description, course objectives, and sample readings and assignments
  • One-paragraph (500 words or less) description of a one session seminar for CHC faculty members on a topic and readings from the awardee’s area of specialization
  • A description of experiences working at HBCUs or mentoring African American or Black students.

Questions can be addressed to Carol Stabile (cstabile@uoregon.edu), interim dean, Clark Honors College.

UO’s cash strapped Housing Office seeks $57K Interior Design Manager

Duties will include:
· Managing the furniture portfolio, interior condition assessments and creation of interior standards for University Housing; preparing project specifications and assisting with the bid and purchasing processes.

The Interior Design Manager will provide interior design services to plan, design, and furnish interiors of University Housing facilities. This includes creating interior drawings via Revit and Bluebeam software and providing advice on interior design factors such as space planning, layout of furnishings/equipment, finish color and material selections for residential, dining, and academic space renovations and new construction.

Details here.

Can Paul Weinhold’s expensive new investment firm beat OR Treasurer’s 10.9% return?

Over the past 5 years Southern Oregon University has earned 10.9% on its endowment, after fees. UO has earned 7.8%. What’s SOU’s secret? While UO has been paying out the butt for Foundation CEO Paul Weinhold and his investment expert Jay Namyet, SOU just left it up to the Oregon Treasurer, who apparently put 60% in the SP500 and the rest in bonds, as one would do.

Back of the envelope, Weinhold and Namyet have cost UO and our donors about $150M over the past 5 years – while pocketing about $5M for themselves, according to the IRS 990’s.

UO Foundation:

Oregon Treasury:

Namyet is finally retiring – it’ll be a year or so before Weinhold has to make his buyout cost public on the next IRS 990 – and is being replaced by an even more expensive looking option, as announced by UO’s PR flacks on Around the 0:

More on the UO Foundation’s troubles here.

Feds prep for civil unrest at Eugene’s June Olympic T&F trials

From Homeland Security Today:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), private sector partners, local first responders, and state and federal partners held a tabletop exercise today to test emergency response and recovery operations in preparation for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, which will be held June 18-27 at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

The exercise scenario focused on preparing private and public sector response and recovery plans for two simultaneous events: a civil unrest activity followed by an active threat event during the Olympic Trials in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. …

A few more Covid cases seems like a more likely outcome, but be prepared.

Provost Phillips sweeps up dept account balances to pay for Knight Campus AC

Meanwhile, on the south side of campus:

From: CAS Dean <casdean@uoregon.edu>
Subject: [Casfac] Budget News
Date: May 19, 2021 at 3:41:28 PM PDT
To: casfac@lists.uoregon.edu” <casfac@lists.uoregon.edu>, “cas-staff@lists.uoregon.edu” <cas-staff@lists.uoregon.edu>

Dear faculty and staff, As many of you know, the pandemic created a substantial loss in tuition revenue this year, in large part due to a 20% decline in the size of our non-resident freshman class.  This represents roughly a $30 million loss in tuition revenue.  And this small cohort will continue to impact budgets for another 3-4 years.  Unlike many higher education institutions, our academic operations have avoided layoffs, pay cuts, benefit reductions, and cuts of departments and programs.  However, while we have implemented hiring freezes and expenditure controls to weather this financial crisis, these measures were far from enough to mitigate the losses. 

As a result, the Provost’s Office will be pulling back any current carry-forward balances from general fund accounts across all colleges, schools, departments, and programs.  These adjustments are being made immediately in CAS.  And let me emphasize that these are adjustments to carry-forward balances, not to our recurring budget.  Faculty-controlled funds, ICC funds, and Foundation accounts will not be touched. 

We are keenly aware that some departments and programs had planned expenditures from their carry-forward balances that will now have to be foregone, and this will be disruptive for many of you and your departments.  We also recognize that some departments have larger balances than others, and so there will be unavoidable inequities in impacts across department and programs. 

Our Dean’s Office will be working with department managers and heads to assess each unit’s situation and find alternative available funds where possible.  We know that this won’t be possible for every unit, and there will still be plans that departments and programs will have to forego.  We will put in place a process for departments to propose exceptions for unique and extraordinary situations, which we will consider in consultation with the Provost’s Office.  But we obviously cannot approve very many of these and still meet our financial obligations. 

Despite this short-run budget news, I am very appreciative that the provost is taking this moment to reset budgets across all his units and create principles for budgeting going forward that will be beneficial to the college and the university.  With the reset in college and school budgets, CAS’s annual deficit between funding and expenditures will be eliminated.  Our understanding is that schools and colleges will get clear budgets to which we can manage independently, but with accountability, going forward. The provost also understands that we have very low staffing in CAS and is working with us to address this once we are out of the hiring freeze.  Our budget for next year reflects his commitment to begin to address staffing needs.  We have advocated a long time for such change and believe this will set the college on a much better financial foundation. 

I end by acknowledging that this will create a lot of additional work for our department heads, managers, and Dean’s Office staff at the end of a very difficult year.  I am deeply appreciative of their engagement and leadership on behalf of the whole college. 

Best,Bruce 

Bruce Blonigen

Tykeson Dean College of Arts and Sciences

UO Senate to take up JH’s botched Honors College changes Wed at 3PM

Also some poorly thought out requirements legislating faculty requirements re Canvas, office hours and email responses, back for the third time I think. No discussion of the Board of Trustees proposed student conduct code changes, which will allow discipline

 a) which causes substantial disruption to the University community or any of its members, b) which involves academic work or any University records, documents, or identifications, or c) which seriously threatens the health or safety of any person.

Senate Zoom link here.

Call to Order

  • Land Acknowledgment; Brian Klopotek
  • Intro Remarks; Senate President Elliot Berkman and Senate Vice President Spike Gildea
  • ASUO updates; Ella Meloy

Approval of the Minutes

  • April 28, 2021

State of the University

  • President Mike Schill

New Business

Open Discussion

  • OICRC updates; Nicole Commissiong
  • Textbook Affordability; Robin Clement & Rayne Vieger

Other Business

  • Executive Session – Awards

UO’s Trustees want to punish students for off campus micturation, and everything else

Thanks to SB270, the aging boomers on UO’s Board of Trustees have complete authority over the Code of Student Conduct, and they want to make a few changes. First, expand UO’s control of students when off campus to include such things as substantially disrupting any UO community members – which presumably includes the Trustees:

Section III: Scope, Authority, and Jurisdiction

Student behavior which occurs off-campus in which the University can demonstrate a clear and distinct interest as an academic institution regardless of where the conduct occurs and a) which causes substantial disruption to the University community or any of its members, b) which involves academic work or any University records, documents, or identifications, or c) which seriously threatens the health or safety of any person.

That seems rather broad. But wait, there’s more:

j. Public Urination or Defecation: To urinate or defecate in any public location not specifically designated as a restroom.

That’s going to be a bit of a problem for the Outdoor Center’s camping trips. I’m going to guess this party, inspired by the spring Duck Football scrimmage, was a little too close to someone’s house:

The proposed student conduct changes are much bigger than this – e.g. incorporating by reference every other UO policy. The changes never came to the UO Senate for discussion, and are buried on page 202 of the 212 page agenda for the Board meetings, to be held May 19-20. I’ll have more on other aspects of the agenda later.

The Board meeting will be broadcast via live stream:
Wednesday, May 19th: 
https://youtu.be/tmfg-1czRNM and Thursday, May 20th: https://youtu.be/q0Mpo1zlk7o

Pres Schill brings in Vegas boss to make sure academic side gets fair cut of PAC-12 take

John Canzano has the interview here. A snippet:

Kliavkoff: I truly believe that if we do our job well at the conference level that it will create a revenue stream for the schools to be used for scholarships and other academic pursuits that will change the lives of men and women. 

Truly. Does this mean Pres Schill will give back the $1.2M he took from the academic budget for the Ducks after student government ended their ticket subsidy?