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UO Board thinks UO Board is doing well, but public comments are uncivilized

Last updated on 03/05/2019

UO’s federal accreditors, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, requires that every university board

“regularly evaluates its performance to ensure its duties and responsibilities are fulfilled in an effective and efficient manner.”

When I requested copies of these evaluations for our Board, I imagined I’d get some sort of substantial performance review, with input from stakeholders referencing the Board’s charge and its successes and failures on issues such as state funding, tuition increases, fundraising, finances, fiduciary oversight,  etc.

Silly me. Our board’s evaluations are just surveys of the board itself, conducted by the BOT Secretary Angela Wilhelms. No outside input at all. I had to make a public records request just to find out if they were even doing them. Full docs for 2015 and 2017 here, snippets below. Our Trustees are particularly unhappy with the uncivilized and disrespectful public comments they must listen too – and in all fairness some have been pretty out there:






  1. I work for these people? 03/05/2019

    Ah, “uncivilized.” The mating call of the overlord.

  2. The best board, it really is folks 03/05/2019

    Inflammatory speech is the best kind of speech. Somebody needs to light a fire under their collective asses.

    I rate my comment a 10/10 and I agree with my rating.

  3. Canaduck 03/05/2019

    For any meeting, the main factor for remembering it fondly will be the food. Moving from boxed lunches to fresh breakfast will surely enhance the quality of future board applicants.

  4. Charles Goodhart 03/05/2019

    Sorry folks, I’m gonna need to see this expressed in metrics or it doesn’t count.

    • uomatters Post author | 03/05/2019

      Agreed. Perhaps someone should keep track of each trustees questions and rate them on a 5 point scale?

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