$10M subsidy buys UO Law School a US News rank of #78

ATL has the leaked 2017 rankings here – they’re not out officially until next week.

When Michael Moffitt started as dean, UO Law was ranked #77. They fell year after year, and were tied for #100 in the 2015 rankings. (Released in March 2014). After the $10M subsidy from VPFA Jamie Moffitt kicked in they improved to #84, by waiving tuition for students with decent LSATs. Yes, that’s one of the many ways to play the USNews algorithm.

Moffitt (Michael) will be stepping down next year. His efforts to bring in still more cash for the law school by luring undergrads away from CAS with the Competition not Conflict courses – which he hyped in the NYT – turned into a disaster once the Senate saw the courses. So he’s trying again, with Undergraduate Legal Studies.

Here’s Moffitt’s $10M deal with then Provost Coltrane, signed August 6 2014, the day before he became interim President. I had to file a public records request to get this, and even then it took more than two weeks before UO would release it:

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Full pdf here.

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4 Responses to $10M subsidy buys UO Law School a US News rank of #78

  1. awesome0 says:

    I wonder how many ranking places each of the departments could move with a 10M loan….

    • Anonymous says:

      Loan? More like, here’s a bag of money and we’ll “develop an appropriate pay-back plan” later, wink wink.

  2. BudgetSchmudget says:

    I’m sure the recently non-renewed CAS NTTF will be happy to know their sacrifices were not in vain – their UO careers were exchanged for law school rankings. Fair enough.