Breakfast for Diversity Champions


The UO Breakfast for Diversity Champions on October 31, 2013, will feature UO President Michael Gottfredson and Expert-in-Residence Dr. A.T. Miller, Associate Vice Provost, Cornell University. President Gottfredson will charge the university community in preparation for the next strategic planning process, …

In the past UO has spent its diversity money on things like the double dipping salary for former Director Charles Martinez (Education) and the Under-represented Minority Recruitment Plan, which gives $90K to departments if their hires pass a probably illegal racial and ethnic diversity test set up by Russ Tomlin. New OEI VP Yvette Alex-Assensoh seems to have a more thoughtful data driven approach – helping to fund SAIL, for example.

Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed reports on the latest empirical evidence supporting “fill the pipeline” programs that, like SAIL, target low income students:

A theme of several studies in the last year has been that there are plenty of academically talented low-income students who for some combination of reasons are not applying to competitive colleges to which they would probably be admitted.
A new study along those lines — this time documenting the impact of intense college counseling — was released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

The study (abstract available here) found that a nonprofit group that focuses on college counseling in Minneapolis-St. Paul had a significant impact in increasing the rate at which low-income students enrolled in four-year colleges, including competitive institutions. …

UO’s first black athletes

7/13/2013: From the wonderful fan based blog:

In 1926 two Portland, OR residents came to Eugene for their academic and athletic pursuits, Robert “Bobby” Robinson and Charles Williams. They were recruited by new Oregon head coach John J. McEwan, an All-American in 1914 at Army, the school where he later coached 1923-25. … 

It was not without its difficulties though, as both Robinson and Williams were initially barred from living in campus dorms, having to find housing in off-campus apartments during their freshman year. Their white teammates signed a petition and submitted it to the school under protest demanding that their fellow players be allowed to live on campus in the dormitories alongside their peers.

I wonder if the UO archives have a copy of that petition.

Live Blog: Senate Agenda and Bean review for Wed 1/16/2013

Executive Summary:

  • Bean still confused by numbers. 
  • Alex-Assensoh makes friends. 
  • Tublitz’s motion on a performance review of Bean put off until Feb meeting, giving Bean a little more time to find a new job, maybe Rose-Hulman will bite. 
  • Motion requiring Gottfredson to tell Holmes and Eveland to stop stalling and give the IAC data on students and student-athletes, and showing Geller doesn’t know squat about FERPA passes unanimously. 
  • Kyr promised he will, as President of the Senate, formally request that the administration provide documents to the Senate in advance of February’s meeting and vote on the AD’s golf course. In addition, he will request that an informed administrator – presumably Rob Mullens – be present at the meeting to answer questions.
  • Hubin promises to deliver heavily redacted version of Gottfredson’s calendar “soon”.

Live, more or less. Usual disclaimer applies. My impression of what people said, meant to say, or what I wished they’d said. Nothing a quote unless in ” “.

Kyr: Friendly welcome, with strong voice.  Good stuff.
Approval of minutes?  Arrived too late… do it next time.
State of the U: Gottfredson sends regards.  Unable to attend, writes to comment on resolutions (letter available online)
1) prioritization of classrooms in any future expansion: accepts resolution, classrooms a priority
other priorities  
2) increased study space for students: accepts recommendation, looks forward to working on it
3) neighborhood 4J schools: university will not take position on issue
Remarks of James Bean, Provost:
Voice not so strong.  Original academic plan, improve quality of metrics re AAU.  Pres is committed to improving metrics.  Research primary goal.  To compete will require significant progress “of all types.”  Organizational changes coming, to improve competitiveness?
Organizational changes have complicated communication.  The fix?  More organizational changes.

Better support for Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS)… 
Head counts: data from last month was “correct but wrong.”  Statistical anomalies?  Just used a percent change… not sure if we should believe it.  Librarians/OA classifications, timing off, replacements vs growth… most honest way to count is looking at five years… a “compounded percentage growth”

Student growth 4.2 percent growth in students?
Faculty increase of 3.9 percent per year (2.9 in TT, 4.7 in nonTT)?
Librarians 2.2 percent
OAs come back to this one.
Classified staff… 2.5percent
grad assist 4.?
work study 6.1 percent
OAs… 4.8 percent growth? (4.3 central, higher in schools and colleges)
(Only had this data for 24 hours)

Plans to ask lots of questions about why OA increases are necessary.  (Says that they now all go through his office… so he’s should be accountable for future increases, right?)
Kyr: We need someone to step up… Senate President Elect, anyone?  Anyone?  Please make recommendations.

Yvette A-A:

Broad definition of diversity. Need to be rigorous, attend to methods, success. Need to be iterative, keep trying new things. Big change will be that EI activities will be spread out so as to provide resources to all doing this work. Very relaxed, confident, can’t discuss personnel but does want to involve people in programs and policies.
Q Dellabough: In future how will you improve transparency? Good answer, clear that she will consult on future policies.
Q Bonine: You have made structural changes, is there a way to involve faculty in these in the future? A: Yes, will use faculty on boards.
Q Psaki: Need more than boards, need wide representation.

Kyr and Simonds explain how to do motions. Very helpful.

Kyr: Data Access policy. Snoozer? Yes, admin sent it to us, exec committee said OK as is.

Tublitz: Performance review of Bean. Bean stays in room – good for him. Or is it intimidation? Nathan explains motion, very clear: symbolic, provost needs review. Substantial, Bean has not been reviewed. Precedent is Tomlin, etc.
Q Elliot: Why no reviews? A: just never happened.
Q Martinez: Has …
Pres wants reviews, committee for the previous motion on reviews still has not met.
Sullivan admits he was a messy kid, says so’s this administration, time to grab them by the collar and say now’s the time.
Student rep: Yes, put it in the rules.
Bonine – Can we put this off til next time? Moved, seconded, and approved. Surprise reprieve for Bean.

Harbaugh: Motion to let faculty see student records, even those of student-athletes. Passed unanimously.

Dellabough: IFS Senator reforms. Seems good. Passes unanimously.

Stahl: Faculty and OA’s etc excused from assignments including class for Senate meetings. Need to reschedule work. This is dragging on and on, seems reasonable as it.

Sayre: Fac Union report: Bargaining is happening, union has put up 30 proposals. Admins have put up 5 counters. Read them people! Union has been trying to incorporate existing policies, admins have been fighting this.

Students want more study space and classrooms. Working on how to use what we have for now – Carson Hall? PE and Rec?
Drugs: McWhorter asked for extension.
Service: Reform is underway, starting w/ survey.

From the floor:
Harbaugh: In Feb I will be sponsoring Bob Doppelt’s motion on the Athletic Department’s new golf course. Will admin’s be present Feb to discuss golf, and will the AD provide documents?
Kyr: Yes. Provide me with a written request for the documents you need and who you want from the admin side and I will formally request the documents and their body, as President of the Senate.

Agenda 1/15/2013: The highlight will be Nathan Tublitz’s call for a long overdue performance review of Interim Provost Jim Bean. Bean was given the interim job by Frohnmayer without faculty input, promoted by Lariviere without faculty input, given a “health sabbatical”, then given a 2 year contract renewal by Berdahl without faculty input. And now it looks like President Gottfredson will be gone for this meeting, and will miss the faculty discussion on Bean.

I’ll try and live blog this but will miss first part.

Check for revisions here.

Knight Library Room 101, 3:00‐5:00 pm

3:00 pm 1. Call to Order
       1.1 Approval of the Minutes of the November 7 & December 5, 2012 Senate Meetings
3:05 pm 2. State of the University
2.1 Remarks by Provost James C. Bean
2.2 Questions and Comments with Response
2.3 Remarks by Senate President Robert Kyr
2.3.1 Election of Senate President-Elect
2.3.2 Search for Senate Executive Coordinator
3:25 pm 3. Open Discussion
3.1 Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion
3.2 Questions and Comments with Response
3:45 pm 4. New Business
4.1 Decision regarding Policy for Review: Data Access
Robert Kyr, Senate President
4.2 Motion (Legislation):Performance Review of Provost James C. Bean;
Nathan Tublitz, Professor (Biology)
4.3 Motion (Legislation): Data and Documents for the IAC and Clarifying FERPA;
Bill Harbaugh, Professor (Economics) [See updated motion here]
4.4 Motion (Legislation): UO Representation on the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate (IFS);
UO Senate Executive Committee, Kassia Dellabough (PODS), SEC member
4.5 Motion (Legislation Resubmitted): Release Time to Enhance Senate Effectiveness;
Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology)
4.6 Motion (Legislation Resubmitted): Modification of Fiscal Impact Statement;
Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology)
4:40 pm 5. Reports
5.1 ASUO Report; Laura Hinman, ASUO President
5.2 UA Senate Liaison Committee; Gordon Sayre, Professor (English)
5.3 Updates on Motions; Robert Kyr, Senate President
5.3.1  Motion on Faculty Input into Hiring Executive Administrators
5.3.2  Motion on Review of Executive Administrators
5.3.3  Motion on Study Space Prioritization
5.3.4  Motion on Classroom Space Prioritization
5.3.5  Report from IAC (Student Athlete Academic Status re: OAR on
Random Drug Testing)
5.4 Ten-Year Review of University Standing Committees;
Robert Kyr, Senate President
5.5 Report from UO Police Department at February Senate Meeting
4:55 pm 6. Announcements and Communications from the Floor
5:00 pm 7. Adjournment

Gottfredson strongly supports Alex-Assensoh

Update: And don’t miss the RG Op-Ed from former VP for Diversity Charles Martinez, hired and promoted by Frohnmayer and Bean without an affirmative action compliant open search, then fired by President Lariviere after widespread complaints from people on all sides of the diversity debates. Martinez took the money and ran, and from what I can tell is now the highest paid Associate Prof in the Ed school, at $153,502.

An email sent out today, 1/15/2013:

Message from UO President Michael Gottfredson
Our commitments to a campus that embraces diversity with a culture of inclusivity and equity are fundamental to our mission. As such, it is imperative that we continuously examine our progress and work to improve our achievements.
When I arrived on campus last August, I learned of solid faculty interest in enhancing our efforts and accomplishments in equity and inclusion, and in strengthening our achievements in diversity. While much has been accomplished at the UO, there was an expressed interest to do more – to examine structure and programming to ensure that we keep pace with the best practices in the field of equity and inclusion.
Our ongoing restructuring of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI), under the leadership of Vice President Yvette Alex-Assensoh, is intended to address some widely-shared concerns from campus and community stakeholders. It will enhance the strengths of that unit and enable it to most effectively pursue its goals. It will allow for the creation of new policies, programs and positions, drawing additional highly-trained, racially and ethnically diverse staff and faculty to the UO.
Dr. Alex-Assensoh, with the support of members of the OEI team and leaders from many campus units, has held several meetings in the past week to discuss our ongoing strategic planning process for equity and inclusion on campus, as well as the organizational restructuring. The meetings have provided an opportunity for transparent and open dialogue. More opportunities lie ahead for all who wish to meet with our campus leadership team to become involved in planning for the future of OEI and our university. Information about these meetings will be posted on AroundtheO, on the OEI website and through ASUO channels.
I want to thank all of those who have participated in these important conversations, through meetings and correspondence. We all appreciate the concerns that have been expressed. All views about these changes are welcome and deserve the serious consideration they will receive. I also want to express my appreciation on behalf of the entire university for the work that has been accomplished by the former Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OEID) and the many contributions of its employees. 
We are of course continuing our commitment to outreach work, pipeline programs and partnerships with educational institutions, and engaging in new opportunities that contribute to the state’s 40-40-20 goals for post-secondary education. We are committed to strengthening the university’s strong relationships with the tribal governments of Oregon, our local racial and ethnic minority communities, and other civic and cultural groups. Student support programs at OEI remain healthy and robust. The office’s new structure will allow us to engage in partnerships with campus advising, academic units and community groups that make our student support efforts even more effective. OEI’s restructuring is intended to strengthen our relationships with tribal governments by empowering people in existing positions and bringing additional new employees on board, who will focus on pipeline programming and fundraising for Native American initiatives.
I was also pleased to learn about the new work that is being led by our Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC), the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and VP Alex-Assensoh to help faculty, chairs and deans better understand and use the best practices in recruiting and retaining underrepresented faculty on our campus. Provost Bean and I are committed to working with faculty, chairs and deans to use the new opportunities for hiring as a way to reach out to talented minority faculty at all ranks so that our campus can benefit from the abilities that diverse faculty members bring to campus and our students.
I am grateful for Dr. Alex-Assensoh’s leadership as she moves us toward a position from which we can achieve our shared vision. But the Office of Equity and Inclusion cannot do the work alone. Each member of the campus community has an important role to play in making sure that our commitment to academic excellence is reflected in our attention to recruiting and retaining faculty from diverse backgrounds. We must support all of our students during their time on our campus, and in preparing each of them for an ever-changing world. Thank you for your work to support this institutional commitment.
Michael R. Gottfredson

OEI memos on Native American Affairs, and no demonstrations

1/13/2013: UO’s new VP for Equity Yvette Alex-Assensoh’s proposal for reforms in how UO handles Native American Affairs is here:

And here’s the memo from YAA, Human Resources, and Randy Geller’s office, telling OEI staff that “we have an obligation while at work to refrain from comments that might negatively affect the operations of the University”.

Alex-Assensoh speaks at diversity meeting

In the RG: 

Three additional meetings are scheduled for today and Friday to address the university’s strategic equity and inclusion plan, and the restructuring of its equity office. The biggest part of Wednesday’s meeting involved audience members breaking into groups to answer questions intended to inform the equity plan.

Next meetings:

The second will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the EMU’s Board Room. 

The third will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, in the EMU’s Rogue Room.

Diversity updates 1/5/2013

RG editors call for UO to follow state law on search for new football coach:

Turns out that promoting Helfrich without interviewing a qualified minority candidate — or at least making a good-faith attempt to find such a candidate — would violate Oregon law. 

Three years ago, the Oregon Legislature passed pioneering legislation that made Oregon the first state in the nation to require its public universities to interview a qualified minority candidate before hiring a head coach or athletic director. The bill had overwhelming support in both chambers of the Legislature, passing the Senate with all 29 senators present voting yes.

Randy Geller may well come up with some sham to allow Johnson Hall to claim we are following the letter but not the spirit of this well intentioned law. But remember this is a university that doesn’t even hold open public searches for president or provost. Not going to happen for something important like a coach.

VP for Equity Yvette Alex-Assensoh has posted an ad for a new AVP. Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. in any field and three years’ experience in program development for faculty, staff and students in higher education, including experience in developing campus-wide diversity programs, initiatives, workshops, conferences, and efforts for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, three years of experience in managing program budgets for campus-wide entities.

And she will hold 3 campus wide meetings on diversity plans this coming week:

The first of the town hall meetings will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the EMU’s Oak Room. The second will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the EMU’s Board Room. The third will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, in the EMU’s Rogue Room.

Update: New VP for Diversity Yvette Alex-Assensoh shakes the table

Update, from the comments:

One of the groups leading the attack against the restructuring is the Oregon Indian Education Association. Their president is Alison Ball.

She is the wife of Tom Ball, one of the 3 AVP’s that was just reassigned: 

I haven’t seen any acknowledgement of this rather obvious conflict of interest in any of the statements her group has made opposing the OIED restructuring, including this online petition:

12/28/12: And it’s about time someone did. Diane Dietz has the story in the RG, which focuses on complaints from local minority leaders about lack of consultation. My view is very different. This office has been horribly mismanaged for years. Yvette Alex-Assensoh was brought in by Lariviere to change things, after a petition from more than 60 faculty, staff, and OAs. And it seems like she’s got the courage to make change happen. Good for her!

UO’s Diversity office was started by Dave Frohnmayer and John Moseley – but only after they lost a discrimination lawsuit to UO administrator Joe Wade, who forced them to create the office in his legal settlement:

Joe Wade’s complaint against Frohnmayer and Moseley was valid. The court ruled in his favor, and UO’s central administration still shows minority under-representation – a legacy of Johnson Hall’s continuing failure to hold open searches for executive positions:

Frohnmayer even appointed insider Charles Martinez to run the Diversity office without conducting an AA compliant public search. And he let Martinez double dip at an off campus job. Not surprisingly, Martinez ran the office into the ground.

Eventually the faculty and the diversity office staff rebelled. I heard 60 people signed the letter of protest. Richard Lariviere then fired Martinez and held an open, public, AA compliant search for a new VP for Diversity. CAS Dean Scott Coltrane ran the search, with plenty of input from the local community – including many racial and ethnic minorities and community leaders, such as 4J superintendent George Russell, on the hiring committee. Coltrane held 5 “visioning sessions” to get input from various stakeholder groups, including local minority community groups. The hiring committee was a notably diverse group, in terms of race and ethnicity:

Scott Coltrane, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Robin Holmes, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Allison Davis-White Eyes, OSU Director of Office of American Indian Initiatives
Sergio Ibarra Bolanos, UO MBA student
Maneesh Arora, UO undergraduate student
Rasheid Light, Multicultural recruiting, UO Admissions
Edward M Olivos, Associate Professor of Education
Gregory Rikhoff, UO Director of Community Relations
George Russell, 4J Superintendent
Carol Stabile, Director, UO Center for the Study of Women in Society
Roger Thompson, UO VP for Enrollment
Mia Tuan, Director of the UO Center for Diversity and Community
Carmen Urbina, 4J Schools 

Three candidates came to campus, with well attended public meetings. UO then hired Yvette Alex-Assensoh from Indiana. She was the top pick of the committee. She has stellar credentials: poli-sci professor, law degree, administrative experience, and a record of real accomplishment. From her application letter:

Legally proper. Retention. Good jobs. I like. She started this fall. Give her a chance to set a long, long series of wrongs right.

Update: Bean’s diversitygram omits crucial facts

Congratulations to the Ad Hoc Beangram Team for disemboweling yet another message from Interim Provost Bean. I’m glad to see I’m not the only UO prof who enjoys our Interim Provost’s unique mix of pretension, condescension, dissimulation, and ignorant disrespect for data and analysis.

Updates: See bottom, from data located by a helpful commenter. The number of resident UO freshmen reporting as Black has dropped from 66 in 2008 to 49 in 2012. To help out Bean with the math I ran the percentage calculations with Matlab and Mathematica on my NSF funded 16 core Mac Pro, using 64gig of RAM and a 4 Terabyte RAID5 setup:

Black instate freshman enrollment as a percentage of total freshman enrollment has dropped from 1.2% in 2008 to 0.95% in 2012.

11/29/2012: Bean’s data apparently *do not* include non-US residents. A big part of the increase claimed below is clearly from the new multi-racial reporting possibility. This was a major reform, pressed by none other than President Obama. UO started using it for students in 2010, so most of the increase in Bean’s diversity numbers is not an increase at all, it’s a simple change in reporting definitions.

Bean has promised to provide FAFSA data to allow a look at changes in student SES diversity. I’ll post more when this is available.

Meanwhile, note the part of the Beangram that talks about changes in faculty hiring procedures. VP Kimberly Espy just got in major trouble for messing with science hiring decisions – word is that she’s now been told she can no longer even talk to prospective hires. Is Gottfredson going to take a lesson from that and involve the Senate in what is clearly an academic matter? We’ll see.

11/28/2012: Is UO padding its diversity numbers by counting the increasing number of international students as members of under-represented populations, or by not adjusting for the popular new multi-racial reporting category? Bean says he will provide info on the race/ethnicity breakdown soon, but he ignored the part of my question about what the numbers looked like broken down by US/Oregon residency. A great way to start off a “holistic approach” to increasing “gender, class and racial diversity” – release some meaningless window dressing data.

As for the part about increasing faculty diversity? It’s been representative of the available pool of PhD’s for years. You really don’t know anything about UO’s faculty, do you, Jim?

Johnson Hall, on the other hand – now there’s a race problem. From UO’s AA Plan:

Maybe someone should introduce a Senate motion calling for an open, Affirmative Action compliant search for a new Provost – because that sure as hell is not the way we got stuck with Bean. Anyway, here’s the latest, enjoy:

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
Message for November 28, 2012


I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday. Before everyone dives into their final exam and holiday rush, I want to take a moment to point out some very good news in terms of our commitment to expanding the diversity of our student population. 

This fall, we’ve had the most success we’ve ever seen in working toward a more diverse freshman class: 25.3 percent of freshmen are from traditionally under-represented populations. 

Since Fall 2010, we’ve been on an improved course. Here are the numbers for freshmen from traditionally under-represented populations over the past five years:
Fall 2008: 18.7%
Fall 2009: 17.6%
Fall 2010: 21.9%
Fall 2011: 23.2%
Fall 2012: 25.3%
I am pleased to note that we will continue to improve upon these numbers as we move forward with the next generation of our diversity action plan under the leadership of newly appointed Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, a professor of political science. 

While we are pleased with our improved numbers for freshmen, we recognize we must redouble our efforts to attract a more diverse faculty base. This will involve the commitment of existing faculty who help to create job descriptions and form search committees, as well as the collaboration of human resources personnel and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. 

But it’s not just about numbers. We must look at broadening our diversity throughout campus, among departments, schools and colleges. To do this, we will take a broad-based, holistic approach to creating gender, class and racial diversity within each classroom and office and creating the most welcoming environment Oregon has ever seen. 

I look forward to working with Yvette and our entire UO community as we make inroads into these diversification efforts. 

I look forward to your comments at 


Updates: A commenter sent us here and there’s 2008 data here for comparison. I’m not exactly a fan of the sordid business of slicing and dicing Americans by race, but since Bean raised the question, a quick glance shows that UO enrolled 66 resident non-Hispanic Black freshmen in 2008, decreasing to 49 in 2012.

If you want to slice more finely, it’s not clear how we treated hispanic ethnicity in 2012, and you gotta adjust for the new multiple race reporting too. Who knows what Bean did. Ask him – he looks forward to your comments! Or dig into the data yourself, OUS has it back to 2005, diced pretty finely:

AA ban increased CA minority graduation rate by 4.4%

Affirmative Action and University Fit: Evidence from Proposition 209
Peter Arcidiacono, Esteban Aucejo, Patrick Coate, V. Joseph Hotz

NBER Working Paper No. 18523
Issued in November 2012

Proposition 209 banned using racial preferences in admissions at California’s public colleges. We analyze unique data for all applicants and enrollees within the University of California (UC) system before and after Prop 209. After Prop 209, graduation rates of minorities increased by 4.4%. We characterize conditions required for better matching of students to campuses to account for this increase. We find that Prop 209 did improve matching and this improvement was important for the graduation gains experienced by less-prepared students. At the same time, better matching only explains about 20% of the overall graduation rate increase. Changes after Prop 209 in the selectivity of enrolled students explains 34-50% of the increase. Finally, it appears UC campuses responded to Prop 209 by doing more to help retain and graduate its students, which explains between 30-46% of the post-Prop 209 improvement in the graduation rate of minorities.

Discrimination against Asian-Americans

11/4/2012: The NYT education magazine has an article about it, Steve Hsu has the link and a good take in his blog, here. Brandeis was famously started in part as a reaction to Ivy League discrimination against Jews – the “numerus clausus”. I wonder if there will be a similar market reaction to the discrimination against Asians? Is UO doing this now, by recruiting top students denied a place at higher ranking universities because of their race? We should.