I’ll try to live-blog some of this, and I’ll be there for the public comments Friday, but there are limits on how much of this stuff I can take.
Their website makes it as hard as possible to figure out what is going on, so here are the agendas for the committees and the BOT, with links to the meeting materials. Looks like a snoozer to me, but if you see something, say something.
As usual Jamie Moffitt does not show the Trustees any substantive data on UO’s budgetary decisions such as how much goes to athletics, the various colleges, etc. No mention of the centralization of resources which is causing College of Ed dissension. No discussion of the increasing proportion of resources going to the central administration at the cost of the College of Arts and Sciences. No discussion of the continuing subsidies for the law school and (rumor has it) the College of Design.
The Executive and Audit Committee materials do not include Internal Auditor Trisha Burnett’s report, and when the Trustees do get to see the report, at the meeting, it will avoid any specifics that might alert them to problems or lead them to ask tough questions or allow them to do their due diligence.
There are, however, shiny powerpoints from the Chief Resilience Officer and the Chief of Police, complete with photos of the new dog.
Board of Trustees | Academic and Student Affairs Committee
Public Meeting | March 1, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
All meetings in Ford Alumni Center | Giustina Ballroom
1. Accreditation – March Report to NWCCU
Banavar: No worries, all is well. No questions from the board.
2. Educator Equity in Teacher Preparation Plan – Submission to HECC (Action): Randy Kamphaus, Dean, College of Education; Krista Chronister, Associate Dean, College of Education
Chronister: No worries, all is well. No questions from the BOT. Endorsed unanimously.
3. Teaching Excellence: Scott Pratt, Executive Vice Provost; Sierra Dawson, Associate Vice Provost; Lee Rumbarger, Teaching Engagement Program Director
Starts with photo of a recent intermediate microeconomics class:
Pratt: No worries, all is excellent and we’re making it more excellent.
Rumbarger: Teaches courses on the fictional representation of teachers. (I didn’t know that, cool.)
Dawson: Fact based research on how to do more excellent teaching. Starts by asking the BOT to recall some excellent teaching they were exposed to.
Trustees seem to be enjoying this.
Rumbarger advocates for using specifics to talk about teaching excellence. Read the packet, I can’t type that fast. Many specific examples of how the TEP is promoting simple practices that improve teaching.
Dawson explains more about how AAU is now emphasizing teaching improvements, need for better student feedback and teaching evaluation procedures.
Pratt explains need for better evaluation, more emphasis on using the Teaching Excellence Program to improve faculty teaching.
Some good questions from the trustees.
4. Mental Health – Student Services and Support: Doneka Scott, Assoc. Vice Provost for Student Success; Shelly Kerr, Director of the Counseling and Testing Center; Kris Winter, Dean of Students
The Trustees are asking some excellent and skeptical questions of Kerr, regarding the survey and what it means.
5. Clark Honors College – Structural Changes and Updates: Karen Ford, Interim Dean, Clark Honors College
Sorry, I’ve got to leave. Ford did a good job presenting this to the Senate yesterday.
Board of Trustees | Finance and Facilities Committee
Public Meeting | March 1, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
1. Quarterly Financial Reports: Jamie Moffitt, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO
2. Capital Project Proposal – University Health Center / University Counseling and Testing Center: Michael Griffel, Director, University Housing
Sorry, I missed this meeting. I’m sure it was a thorough 45 minutes.
Board of Trustees | Executive and Audit Committee
Public Meeting | March 1, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
1. Quarterly Audit Report: Trisha Burnett, Chief Auditor
There’s no there here:
And here it is, shown to the Trustees just before the meeting: https://uomatters.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Q3-EAC-Quarterly-Report.pdf Three pages. How can the Executive and Audit Committee do its due diligence like this?
Chuck Lillis: Trisha is doing a great job telling me things in closed meetings.
Ross Kari: Some evidence of improvements in past deficiencies.
Peter Bragdon: How have you tried to market the hotline? A little.
No mention of departure of Auditor Stephanie McGee, for a better job at another university. Lots of turnover – never a good sign in an internal audit department.
2. Enterprise Risk Management: Andre Le Duc, Associate Vice President and Chief Resiliency Officer
Not clear where the Bach Festival fits into this. UO’s spending on risk management has grown enormously – here are the employee counts, from IR. Not clear why the Board doesn’t require this sort of information in reports:
Connie Ballmer: Why is your office dealing with things like enrollment and academic quality?
Le Duc: It’s all about protecting the brand. My office needs to monitor and proactively manage everything.
3. University of Oregon Police Department – Overview and Updates: Matt Carmichael, Chief of Police
By all accounts Carmichael is doing a great job rebuilding the UOPD. And his budget is flat:
That said, I can’t help but think that somewhere far, far away there’s a poor village surrounded by landmines from some forgotten war. They could really use this dog:
Carmichael and his three students have many other good things to report, including more student shuttle services (started by ASUO, now managed by UOPD at their request) and bringing the UOPD back on campus, by putting a substation in Onyx Bridge.
Adjourn til Tomorrow.