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Coltrane to hold 3 public meetings to set UO’s financial priorities!

Just kidding, the meetings Provost Coltrane announces below are about a new UO mission statement – basically a PR fluff piece of one or two paragraphs. All unnecessary, I’ve simply run President Gottfredson’s first speech to the Senate through an algorithm, and here’s our new mission statement:

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So how about it Scott – let’s use these meetings for presentations from VPFA Jamie Moffitt about UO’s financial situation. Show us the budget forecasts:

Then lets have a real talk about the administration’s peculiar spending priorities. You know you can’t put this off forever.

Dear Campus Community,

The Provost’s Office will continue its series of academic planning discussions during spring term, with a focus on reviewing and revising the University of Oregon mission statement. Each discussion will include a short presentation on mission statements in general and will be structured to allow ample time for questions, comments and dialog about the process for making any changes to our own.

Background materials for these discussions will include the UO Mission Statement, mission statements of other Oregon public universities, and mission statements of the AAU public universities. These will be available on a website next week, with a link on the Provost’s Office website.

Three opportunities for your participation are provided on the dates and times listed below. All discussions will be held in the Browsing Room of the Knight Library.

April 23, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Topic: Mission Statement Revision

May 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Topic: Mission Statement Revision

May 20, 10:00 – 11:00 am Topic: Mission Statement Revision

I look forward to seeing you there.


Scott Coltrane

Senior Vice President and Provost


  1. Mission Accomplished! 04/18/2014

    Mission of distraction, that is.

  2. Cat 04/18/2014

    What?! This can’t be Gottfredson. I don’t see the word “excellence”.

  3. Vlad 04/19/2014

    Start with an open discussion of a reasonable sharing of costs of jock box. It is a violation of NCAA rules for athletes to receive compensation or benefits not generally available to students in general. jock box? Roughly 10x the average cost of advising? Athletics should be picking up at least half the cost of the jock box, etc. Do not tell us that we should spend more from the academic side because many are out of state students. just a start on a long list.

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