Golf proposal aims to build golf course for alumni, athletes

Diane Dietz has the story in the RG. UO currently spends about $1.2M subsidizing the men’s and women’s golf teams. I thought the idea to build them a special golf course had died, but it’s back, still without any faculty review of the budget etc.

Presumably the developers’ business model is to use UO’s non-profit status to keep the ~$25M course off the county tax rolls, while cashing in by selling nearby real-estate to alumni for McMansions. Just a guess.

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

Updated with minutes: Senate Agenda for Wed 12/5 (revised)

12/5/2012 Update: Thanks to the UO Matters governmental affairs correspondent for the following unauthorized Senate minutes:

Pres G reads from hand written notes again. He could not have shown more enthusiasm that the faculty union bargaining has started: “We are committed to the same things…. It is going very well… and will continue to go well in the coming weeks…”  Does he know something we don’t? Hope so. 

Governor’s proposal for higher education: Gottfredson is getting schooled on the Oregon education budget, the new Governor’s Officer of education, budget, etc. He is confident and excited about the Institutional Board proposals… Anticipates action on this in the Legislative session; he has seen proposals that include action on authorizing the boards at the UO and PSU. 

Pres G wants it “unambiguously clear…” that our governing board approach is for a public board for this public university. A kind of board to enhance our ability to meet our public mission and interest. Good to see Pres G is doing homework on the IB, the state budget, the Oregon Legislature. 

Bean speaks to a green and yellow bar chart!  Looking a bit pale and green too, uggh. Why did the domestic non-resident’s get yellow bars with green trim and residents only green bars?   

All of the green is bizarre; now a pie chart with puke green.   Fall 2008 76.6% white students and then 2012 white 64.1% 

Bean is Proud of international $tudents at 10.2% (25.3% students of color)
Still more green pie charts. No wonder Bean is sick.
Need catch-up in classrooms… no shit.
Notice no mention of catch-up with salaries, or was that mustard on the greens? 

MOTIONS:Motion by Frank Stahl for release time. He wants to assure a high level of attendance.
Not sure why he withdrew the motion on release time for Senate meetings, but I think Frank likes attending Senate meetings more than most of us. 

Frank Stahl’s second motion on modification of Senate Bylaws re: fiscal impact statement. Insert “when calculable.”  Not sure if this sets up incentives to evade good accounting or not? 

Frank takes several jabs at the economics department and rests confident in the authority of “true” scientists in knowing their limits in calculations.  Stahl’s stated intent seemed to be about making it easier for the senate to advance and hear motions, but he did not seem to want to dialogue about it.  Why not simply say, “To the extent calculable…”
Mark Gillem – neighborhoods and schools are us. Passes: keep our old neighborhood schools, save some district dough, and make strategic renovations, not consolidations.
Harlan Mechling; ASUO Academic Affairs Director  – not enough study space… 

REPORTS:Dave Luebke reports on the UA Liaison Cmte. Come on Dave, fire it up.
Frank Stahl almost lost it fears of contract law encroaching on shared governance. Oh, forbid any strengthening of the senate legislation, keep it soft. 

Reports continue on, but none as interesting as Stahl’s reaction to Luebke’s point that non-economic proposal will advance in collective bargaining.

Wow. Sounds like Bean needs a sabbatical.


Looks like a solid agenda. Our students have motions up to support more classrooms and study space.  A+.

However our administration’s next construction priority is a golf course, paid for with tax-deductible contributions laundered through the UO Foundation despite the total lack of an academic purpose. Fail.

But it looks like Bob Doppelt will present notice of a motion asking the Senate to oppose the golfers edifice. Excellent work.

I‘ll be out of town for this meeting. If you are interested in providing notes to post (in exchange for a UO Matters coffee cup) please email me at uomatters at

Senate Meeting Agenda – December 5, 2012

Knight Library Room 101, 3:00‐5:00 pm
3:00 pm 1. Call to Order
       1.1 Approval of the Minutes of the October 10 & November 7, 2012 Senate Meetings
3:05 pm 2. State of the University
2.1 Remarks by University President Michael Gottfredson
2.2 Questions and Comments with Response
2.3 Remarks by Provost James C. Bean
2.4 Questions and Comments with Response
3:20 pm 3. New Business
3.1 Fall Curriculum Report (Motion for Legislation); Paul
Engelking, Chair; Committee on Courses
3.2 Motion (Legislation): Release Time to Enhance Senate Effectiveness;
Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology)
3.3 Motion (Legislation/Amendment): Modification of Fiscal Impact Statement;
Frank Stahl, Professor Emeritus (Biology)
3.4 Motion (Resolution): Support for Maintaining 4J Neighborhood Schools;
Mark Gillem, Associate Professor (AAA)
3.5 Motion (Legislation): Study Space Prioritization;
Harlan Mechling; ASUO Academic Affairs Director
3.6 Motion (Legislation): Classroom Space Prioritization;
Harlan Mechling; ASUO Academic Affairs Director
4:00 pm 4. Open Discussion
4:05 pm 5. Reports
5.1 ASUO Report; Laura Hinman, ASUO President
5.2 UA Senate Liaison Committee; David Luebke, Chair
5.3 Coalition of PAC-12 Faculties Meeting; Louise Bishop
UO Representative (Designee) & Co-Chair, Faculty Advisory Council (FAC)
5.4 Classroom Expansion – Straub Hall; Carol Daly, Chair;
Campus Planning Committee
5.5 Update on Two Motions: “Faculty Input into Hiring Executive
Administrators” & “Review of Executive Administrators;
Robert Kyr, Senate President
4:50 pm 6. Announcements and Communications from the Floor
6.1 Notice of Motion: Data and Documents for the IAC and Clarifying FERPA;
Bill Harbaugh, Professor (Economics)
6.2 Notice of Motion: Faculty Approval for Special Admissions of Student-
Athletes; Bill Harbaugh, Professor (Economics)
6.3 Notice of Motion:Senate Support for the Continuation of the Center
for Latino/a and Latin American Studies (CLLAS); Pedro Garcia Caro,
University Senator and Assistant Professor (Romance Languages)
6.4 Notice of Motion: Opposition to Building a UO-Affiliated Golf Course;
Bob Doppelt, Adjunct Associate Professor (PPPM)
6.5 Notice of Motion: Senate Review of Course Evaluation Process;
Steven Pologe, University Senator and Professor (School of Music)
6.6 Notice of Motion: UO Elections and UO Senators for the Interinstitutional
Faculty Senate (IFS); UO Senate Executive Committee
5:00 pm 7. Adjournment

Neighbors fight UO golf course

11/16/2012: Greg Bolt has the story in the RG on the efforts of a group of UO alums to use tax deductible contributions to build a golf course for themselves and the Ducks. How does this relate to our academic mission? Meanwhile the athletic department has not said a word about any of this to the UO Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee.

11/172012 update: John Paul of the WSJ explains how this scam works in Oklahoma thanks in part to T. Boone Pickens:

College sports doesn’t get much plusher than playing golf for Oklahoma State. The Karsten Creek golf facility, a few miles off campus, features a rolling, wooded, difficult, 7,407-yard Tom Fazio course, expansive practice grounds, both indoors and out, with all the latest technology, a $4.5 million clubhouse and luxurious, six-bedroom lodges where visiting alumni can stay. Most remarkable of all, the entire 650-acre complex is owned not by the university but in effect by the golf team. Karsten Creek, which opened in 1994, was built and is still owned by a charity whose sole purpose is to benefit the men’s and women’s golf teams. 

Faculty, staff, other students? They can’t play unless they pay a deliberately outrageous $300 green fee or are the guests of the limited number of local and national members. “We like having a few successful grown-ups around as members so the team will have role models,” said Mike McGraw, the men’s golf coach.