Dec 3 UO Board meeting live-blog

Some highlights so far:

UO has a lobbying effort underway to support Track Town’s efforts to get ~$30M in state money for the scandal-ridden 2021 IAAF track championships. To put this in perspective, UO gets about $60M a year from the state for academics. The claim is made that this $30M will not dilute efforts to increase state funding for UO’s academic efforts. I don’t believe it.

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The NYT is now on the IAAF corruption problems, with a long story here:

In that same vein, the I.A.A.F. ethics committee revealed on Monday that Isaiah Kiplagat, the president of Athletics Kenya, had been accused of receiving two motor vehicles as a gift from the Qatar Association of Athletics Federation in 2014 and 2015. David Okeyo, vice president of Athletics Kenya and an I.A.A.F. Council member, and Joseph Kinyua, the former treasurer of Athletics Kenya and Kenya’s team leader at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, were also suspended.

Doha, Qatar, successfully bid for the 2019 world track and field championships in November 2014. The I.A.A.F. ethics committee statement, which made no correlation between the alleged gift and the 2019 bidding process, did not make clear whether the vehicles in question had been given to Kiplagat personally or to the Kenyan federation.

… It also would have been more convincing if Sebastian Coe, the new president of the I.A.A.F., had decided to end his long-term paid association with Nike before public pressure turned into an outcry. But at least Coe finally acted last week to announce the end an apparent conflict of interest that was apparent to everyone but him.

… There is also the issue of the 2021 World Championships, awarded to Eugene, Ore., without formal bidding in April, with Diack the driving force behind the unusual approach.

There were strong arguments for Eugene, a rare track hotbed in the United States, which has never staged a world outdoor championships despite being the sport’s leading nation. Eugene had lost to Doha in the bidding for 2019.

But with Diack’s credibility at an all-time low and with Nike headquarters in nearby Beaverton, Ore., the I.A.A.F. and the bidding committee are, at best, in another awkward position, even if TrackTown officials in Eugene have said that Nike played no formal role in the process and that the bid adhered to all legal and ethical norms.

12/3/2015: For the Dec 2 committee meetings, go here, Diane Dietz has a story here, focusing on the rape prevention discussion.

The RG’s Diane Dietz has a good prequel, here:

A proposal to offer students guaranteed tuition for four years, a plan for upgrading residence halls and a roundtable discussion on race relations are on the agenda when the University of Oregon Board of Trustees meets Wednesday and Thursday in Eugene.

… The UO appears to be ready to meet its pledge to build or extensively renovate three residence halls before the 2021 World Championship track event comes to campus.

… In the wake of campus protests — and concerted efforts to hash out solutions — the UO Board will sit down Thursday with students, invited by UO President Michael Schill, to share their experiences at the UO and talk about current issues.

The UO Board is coming under increased pressure from the HECC, as explained here. Presumably there will be some amendments to SB 270 in the 2017 session to try and get more transparency and make the boards more responsive.

Live Blog disclaimer: My thoughts on what I think people said, meant, should have said, or should have meant. Noting is a quote unless in quotes.

Meeting of the Board — December 3, 2015 [Materials]

8:00 am (other times approximate) – Convene Public Meeting

1. Roundtable Discussions with Students on Race‐Related Issues (Bean, East Conference Room). President Schill has invited a group of students, in coordination from staff in CMAE, to participate in small group conversations about their experiences at the UO and current issues and events.

Reports from the Trustees are that these conversations went well and were informative for the board.

Trustee Allyn Ford gives thanks to UO and particularly Andre LeDuc  for their support in the aftermath of the Umpqua CC shooting, which he thinks should serve as a model for pooling state resources in other disaster situation.

3. Public Comment: Those wishing to provide comment must sign up advance and review the public comment guidelines either online ( or at the check‐in table at the meeting.

James West (student) gives a cogent explanation of the financial risks to the university of the guaranteed tuition plan. Also concerned about the initial jump in tuition required by the plan, which he pegs at 10-15%, and thinks will discourage enrollment.

Shawn Stevenson (student). I’m guessing Shawn is an econ major given how logical his presentation is.  He is on the TFAB committee and doesn’t see how the numbers pencil out. He explains the particular disadvantage this creates for students coming in with AP credits. Also the notch effect, and how it will mean that the incentive for 4 year graduation is smaller than expected. Argues that this plan is all show, when what UO really needs is a board working on the substantive problems. Lillis asks Moffitt if she is really having good communication with the students, given the informed opposition the students are providing. Moffitt says yes. Stevenson argues for waiting, and making it voluntary.

Why is the board pushing this? Partly because Roger Thompson thinks it will be a good marketing gimmick, and partly because the Board freaked out over last year’s tuition demonstration and realizes that with the guarantee, current students will have less incentive to protest increases, since they will only fall on students who have not yet enrolled.

Joe Lowndes (Poli Sci professor, speaking for faculty union). Brief statement on how union is working for academic excellence.

Helena Schlegel (Econ student, ASUO President, and former BOT student member until she quit after Lillis cracked down on dissent.) Give the ASUO report. Concerned about tuition guarantee, ADA access, campus safety in the aftermath of UCC shootings.

Max Burns (student): Low income Oregon resident, working as Resident Assistant in dorms, on ASUO and UO Senate. Concerned about how tuition guarantee and mandatory requirement that freshmen students live in dorms (to be implemented soon). Will raise cost of UO, make us less competitive for Oregon residents in comparison to PSU, OSU. Pathway Oregon does not support transfer students, or pay for living expenses.

Scott Bartlett (alumni): He worked on the successful effort to rename Centennial after Martin Luther King. Concerned about the effort to rename Deady Hall. Doesn’t deny Deady’s racist failings, but goes through the history of all the good that he did, including writing prohibitions for race and religious discrimination into the UO charter, and his support for Chinese immigrants when doing so was a dangerous thing to do. Very effective speech, trustees listening carefully.

4.   President’s Report

Talks about efforts to hire more faculty. Four Dean searches underway plus VP for Research. Airport interviews in February, it will be a busy spring. Schill’s opportunity to rebuild UO’s academic leadership.

Affordability and access: Maybe tuition guarantee proposal for March meeting. UO has put the new legislative money into increasing access for low income Oregonians, will go back and ask for more. Oregon Commitment plan will include predictive analytics to identify struggling students, advisors to help them, money to help them complete and graduate. All ruled over by a retention czar.

Hayward Field tart-up is on schedule. Gives shout out to football team, but avoids saying “Go Ducks”.

Concerned about fraternities and sororities. Has a consulting report coming. Wants to support them while getting some control and minimizing the risks.

Campus needs diversity of all kinds, because we learn from different people and ideas. Issues facing Black students are particularly difficult, and he is engaged with the students, listening, engaged on working on solutions. (He’s pointedly calling the student’s demands “requests”). Has set up a committee to examine process for de-naming buildings and looking at Deady and Dunn. Chaired by Charise Cheney from Ethnic Studies, will include alumni. Impressed by the students he’s been meeting with.

Talks about sexual violence, watched the Hunting Ground, acknowledges UO’s problems. Mentions the climate surveys and the disturbingly high rates of non-consensual contact, rape. Particularly disturbed by the large number of students who report they don’t trust UO to deal with rape and assault. (After the Doug Park / Shelly Kerr counseling records seizure, who would?)

As the 160over90 branding effort comes to a merciful end, we’ll be trying some other ways to try and compensate for the influence of Duck athletics on people’s perception of what UO is really about.

Funding campaign moving along, but while there’s plenty more athletic pork in the pipeline, no new big gifts for the academic side to report.

Curry asks about faculty diversity. For those interested in slicing and dicing people by race and ethnicity, Coltrane points to the IR website, here:

5.   Resolutions from Committee

‐‐Seconded Motion from ASAC:  Student conduct code – repeal of outdated IMD and consolidation of policies (pending December 2 committee action)

‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Repeal of SBHE policy #9 (pending December 2 committee action)

‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Approval of Bean Hall renovation project (pending December 2 committee action)

‐‐Seconded Motion from FFC: Naming of certain university facilities (pending December 2 committee action)

Nothing controversial. Dorm renovations are part of UO’s efforts for the 2021 Track Town proposal.  Passes unanimously.


6. Government Affairs Updates

6.1 State Affairs: AVP for State and Community Affairs Hans Bernard will provide trustees
with an update on state affairs, including an overview of the University of Oregon’s priorities
for the 2016 legislative session.

Hans Bernard is not here? New staffer Libby Batlan gives report. The news here is that UO is saying that it is pushing back against the HECC’s efforts to enforce limits on the UO Board’s power, and that UO has a lobbying effort underway to support Track Town’s efforts to get ~$30M in state money for the 2021 IAAF track championships.

To put this in perspective, UO gets about $60M a year from the state for athletics. The claim is made that this will not dilute efforts to increase state funding for UO’s academic efforts. I don’t believe it.

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6.2 Federal Affairs: AVP for Federal Affairs Betsy Boyd will provide an update on federal
government legislation and agency activities relating to higher education and the University
of Oregon.  

Betsy Boyd presents. Talks about federal support for UO and trends. Pell grant money is crucial to Pathway Oregon. Handout shows UO students got $175M in financial aid in 2013-14. $22M in Pell grant money, $30M in federal subsidized student loans, $56M in federal unsubsidized loans, $62M in graduate/professional school loans. Compare that to $7M in state aid and $40M in UO aid (includes tuition discounts, probably also athletic scholarships).

Public Meeting Recessed

12:30 pm Small Group Lunches with Faculty

Public Meeting Reconvenes

7.   Tuition guarantee concept – update, Vice President for Finance and Administration Jamie Moffitt and Vice President for Enrollment Management Roger Thompson

Sorry, I had to miss this.


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8 Responses to Dec 3 UO Board meeting live-blog

  1. Duckduckgo says:

    How do people feel about the demand of 2-3 black students on faculty hiring search committees? Would that solve anything?

    • New Year Cat says:

      I think students, regardless of race, are here to learn from faculty. That’s why they are paying so much. They are not yet at the level of knowlege where they could bring anything to bear on the qualifications of applicants other than very superficially (and by that I don’t mean just that they would judge an applicant by race).

      It isn’t just a litmus test of race or gender or political party or some other outward attribute we want to hire, after all. We want to hire the best qualified person. We don’t want to hear people say “of course they got the job, they were the diversity candidate”. “We want to hear them say “they were a fantastic candidate, we are so lucky to have gotten someone so well qualified in their field, AND they are also a black, hispanic, female, lesbian, fill-in-the-blank who will add diversity to the department and campus”. I have seen a candidate hired who was well known not to have been the best candidate but to have been a “diversity hire”. That did not end well either for the (now ex-)hire or the department.

      It’s the “best in their field” part that few, if any, students are competent to truely judge, especially in the undergraduate years. If they were, they wouldn’t have needed to be in college and we’d have nothing to teach them.

  2. Alec H. Boyd says:


    I agree that it is important to listen to UO students. I also agree that the UO should not glorify racism. But, I fail to see how continuing to honor Deady for his significant contributions to the UO, which include as Scott Bartlett points out, “writing prohibitions for race and religious discrimination into the UO charter,” amounts to glorifying racism.

    There is no doubt that Deady was pro-slavery and pro-black exclusion early in his public life in Oregon. A large number of Oregonians, sadly, shared those views back then. There is also no doubt that later in his public life Deady was pro-civil rights at a time when that was an unpopular view. He was was an opinion leader in promoting civil rights in Oregon.

    As Prof. Mooney wrote in 2008: “His politics changed from Democrat to Republican during and after the Civil War; his attitude toward minority races also changed dramatically, from disdainful in 1857 to sensitive and respectful by the 1870s.” UO, of course, was founded in 1876.

    Promoting narratives of evolution and hope from the past are just as important, if not more important, than publicizing the injustices of the past. Having a discussion of Deady, but choosing to continue to honor him with Deady Hall, would not be an endorsement of racism.

    As an alumni, I recognize that the role of the University is to educate students. So, while I recognize that it is important to listen to the students (and I can no justification for continuing to name buildings after someone like Dunn — a KKK leader in the 1920s), it is also important to engage students in dialogues which expand their knowledge and views of the world. Matthew Deady’s story is one which should be told.

    Again, I’d like to see progress on the idea of placing detailed historical markers on UO’s campus to further the education of students as to the University’s diverse and complicated past.

    • Phillip Drummond says:

      You are privileging his so-called evolution and his contribution to the university over both his well-known racist past and the consequences of his racism. I think that is a serious mistake, but one that many revisionists make. I don’t think we need to dialogue with our students of color about that: They know that perspective well and have heard it before. We need to place the recognition our students seek over our own desires to feel better about ourselves. Teaching our students that level of empathy is better from my view than keeping a racist’s name on a building. But I’m all for a historical marker!

      • Alec H. Boyd says:


        I take issue with your use of the term “revisionist.” I’m not sure what you think it means. If anything, the folks trying to strip Deady’s name off of Deady Hall are acting revisionist. There’s nothing “revisionist” in the historical facts pointed out by Scott Bartlett or Prof. Mooney. The notion that someone, or society as a whole, can evolve in their views on race is also not “revisionist.”

        Where you are correct is that I am recognizing that errors can corrected. Where we differ is that you view Deady is best described as a “racist,” despite the fact that he evolved into one of the most effective pro-civil rights figures in Oregon history. I suppose we also differ because I tend to believe that all people are to varying degrees racist/culturally biased. But, in a civil society, what matters is how we live, despite our biases, and, in the final analysis, whether our tally sheet is more positive or negative.

        Deady was very ineffective early in his public life in advocating for racist outcomes. Despite his publicly advocacy that Oregon enter the Union as a pro-slavery state in 1857, Oregon’s electorate chose to prohibit slavery by a 75% to 25% vote. Sadly, Oregon’s electorate also chose to exclude blacks by a 89% to 11% vote, but that was reflective of Oregon laws that extended back to 1844, well before Deady ever moved to the state. It is difficult to view Deady as having been an effective opinion maker in 1857.

        On the other hand, Deady was very effective in promoting civil rights later in his public life. Prof. Mooney reports that in1864, Deady “provided in his Code of Civil Procedure that all persons, regardless of race, were to be competent witnesses, a controversial change from prior practice.” Scott Bartlett notes that Deady wrote “prohibitions for race and religious discrimination into the UO charter.” Deady’s protection of Chinese immigrants, by far the largest minority in Oregon at the time, from mob violence in Portland is well-established, as are his judicial opinions promoting civil rights. Deady also supported admission of the women to the bar. Are these the acts of a person who is best referred to, simplistically and without qualification, as a “racist”?

        I think not.

  3. Phillip Drummond says:

    Instead of explaining what’s best for our students and repeating our sensitivities as alumni, I recommend we all spend more time listening to how our students feel working in buildings glorifying racists.

  4. Alec H. Boyd says:

    Thanks for this update!:

    >>>Scott Bartlett (alumni): He worked on the successful effort to rename Centennial after Martin Luther King. Concerned about the effort to rename Deady Hall. Doesn’t deny Deady’s racist failings, but goes through the history of all the good that he did, including writing prohibitions for race and religious discrimination into the UO charter, and his support for Chinese immigrants when doing so was a dangerous thing to do. Very effective speech, trustees listening carefully.<<>>Following statehood, Deady enjoyed a long and distinguished career on the federal bench. He revered the law, especially the common law, as foundation and guardian of a rational, orderly world. His politics changed from Democrat to Republican during and after the Civil War; his attitude toward minority races also changed dramatically, from disdainful in 1857 to sensitive and respectful by the 1870s; and in his thirty-four years as Oregon’s lone federal district judge, he served, with few exceptions, as a model public servant, both on and off the bench.<<<

    Mooney seems to be the best biographer of Deady, so I think the most recent published opinion I can find by him on this issue should be given some weight. Again, for me, narratives of evolution and redemption are an important piece of the discussion on race which need to be emphasized and celebrated if we are to overcome polarization and distrust.

  5. OA Anon says:

    Questions: how would the 4 year guaranteed tuition disadvantage students with AP/IB college credit?

    Compelling freshmen to live in dorms — this is probably due to the massive increase in offcampus dorms available, which has hurt the UO’s market share. Is it fair to require students to stay on campus? What about those who live within commuting distance?

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