Honors College reorganization and tuition cuts

Sent out yesterday:

Message on behalf of Jayanth Banavar and Karen Ford ~


Thank you for taking the time to talk with us Tuesday afternoon about our goals for the Clark Honors College and for the experience we want the students to have who call it their academic home.

The teaching and research you do every day have established the CHC as a premier honors college.  I want to thank you for that important work, your dedication to students, and your participation in the effort to shape the future of the honors college for years to come. 

As you know, for many months we have been discussing how best to serve our students. There have been lively conversations, feedback opportunities, data analyses, and thoughtful deliberations as we look to create an environment where our shared values can be of the greatest benefit to the student experience. 

As was announced last week, President Schill intends to recommend to the Board of Trustees a significant reduction in the CHC’s differential tuition. If approved, this reduction will make us more competitive with our peers from a pricing standpoint. It is now time for us to become more nimble and able to offer a greater diversity of options to our current and prospective students. This will make us even more competitive in the overall academic experience. 

As discussed, we will begin the work that will allow us to serve students optimally by responding to the shifting student base, diversifying the faculty, revising the curriculum, and establishing ways to encourage the UO’s most accomplished teachers outside of the CHC to share their talents with CHC students, and UO’s accomplished scholar-teachers inside of the CHC to share their talents with the wider UO.

While we know that change can create apprehension, we want to reiterate to you that our commitment to the very best qualities of the honors college will not change. We will continue to offer continuity of advising, rigorous and small classes, high academic standards, a close-knit academic community, and a dedication to student success.

To provide the best possible education for our students, we are eager to create an environment where the broader UO community can more readily embrace the CHC and its mission. And, like any unit on campus, we must be forward-thinking while also managing resources in an efficient, sustainable, and scalable manner.

In terms of next steps, we will:

·       Provide for the voluntary relocation of our tenure-track faculty to a disciplinary unit, effective July 1, 2018;

·       Recruit faculty from across UO to teach in the honors college to balance disciplinary representation, diversify faculty, and give accomplished UO instructors an opportunity to teach our high-achieving students;

·       Have faculty tenured in the honors college teach at least a course every other year in their home discipline(s), where they will have the opportunity to teach and advise graduate students;

·       Through the Institutional Hiring Plan, collaborate with the deans of the other schools and colleges to propose faculty positions that benefit both the CHC and the other schools and colleges;

·       Assemble the CHC Appointments Advisory Council with membership from the CHC and the UO to advise the dean on faculty appointments to the honors college; and

·       Evaluate all faculty assigned to the CHC with respect to their appointments in the CHC.

We recognize there are many questions, and there remain many details to work out. Your patience is very much appreciated through this process.

We are eager for the CHC to get started on this important initiative and are extremely excited by the possibilities it provides. Thank you for your work with Clark Honors College students and for your scholarly contributions to your fields, the CHC, and the UO. We look forward to working with you – and many other new partners – as we create the finest honors college experience in the nation.

Sincerely, Karen and Jayanth

Meanwhile tuition will increase for regular UO students. The Emerald has more about the HC here:

Incoming students at the Robert D. Clark Honors College typically look forward to having small class sizes, building relationships with professors and working with students who are academically driven.

But between the cost and the time commitment, the honors college may not be worth it for some students.

For freshman Avery Turner, it almost seemed like a punishment. Turner found herself paying $4,194 on top of regular tuition. Turner said that after working hard in high school, it was frustrating to pay more to work harder. She also said the college was slowing her down — without it, Avery could graduate in three years with a double major in psychology and political science.

Avery is not alone. Many other students agree with her sentiments and highlight a number of concerns with CHC at the University of Oregon. CHC can be expensive and doesn’t include enough science courses or fit with students’ heavy credit loads, leading many to ask the same question: Is the honors college worth it?


New Honors College Dean Terry Hunt writes to Register Guard

Op-Ed on the role of the UO HC in keeping smart Oregon students in Oregon, here. Co-authored with UO Foundation trustee Jim Shephard. I’ve supervised a bunch of their students over the years. They are great students with many outside opportunities, keeping them in-state is not cheap but it’s a good investment – especially when compared to some of the other things the UO administration spends money on. And while I’m on that subject, the links to the peculiar Jock Box contracts between UO and Phil Knight are here. Amendment #1 is the best:

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Who is in charge of this “Academic Center” now, and what are their job responsibilities? Our administration *really* wants to hide the details:

Terry Hunt is new dean of Honors College

8/8/2013: Colleagues:

It is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of Terry L. Hunt as Dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.  Terry comes to us from Hawaii, where he served as the

Director of the University of Hawai`i Honors Program with responsibility for oversight of honors offerings across the entire campus.  Dean Hunt will assume his new duties on September 16, 2013.

Dr. Hunt has been a member of the Department of Anthropology at University of Hawai`i-Manoa since 1988 where he was also affiliated with the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Hawai`i, Hilo; a Master’s Degree from the University of Auckland (New Zealand); and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington.
Terry Hunt is an archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on historical environmental change and life on the islands of the Pacific Ocean.  He has been conducting archaeological field research in the Pacific Islands for more than 30 years, with extensive work in the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island (Rapa Nui).  Over the past 12 years Dr. Hunt has directed archaeological field research on Easter Island, where he and his students work on many aspects of the island’s prehistoric past.  His continuing research on the island addresses questions concerning the trajectory of cultural and ecological changes, including the role of the colossal statues and monuments in the ancient society.
Dr. Hunt has published numerous scholarly articles on Pacific archaeology, prehistory, ecology, and linguistics.  His work has been published in Science, Nature, American Scientist, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Archaeological Science, PLoS and Current Anthropology, among others.  He has co-edited four books, including a collection on historical ecology and ancient landscape change.
In 2008 Dr. Hunt was awarded the prestigious University of Hawai`i Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Research in recognition of his innovative work on Easter Island. In 2005, Dr. Hunt also won the University of Hawai`i Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.
Terry Hunt’s recent book, The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the mystery of Easter Island (Free Press, New York, 2011) co-authored with Carl Lipo, revisits the dramatic story of Easter Island’s cultural and environmental history.  Hunt and Lipo’s book won the Society for American Archaeology’s book of the year award and their research was recently featured in a Nova television special: http://video.pbs.org/video/2299677471/
As Terry joins us, I would also like to thank David Frank. As the first Dean of the Clark Honors College, David has served admirably for the past five years.  We appreciate the excellent leadership David has provided and applaud his many efforts to strengthen and expand the Robert D. Clark Honors College as it celebrates 50 years of excellence.  David will be returning to the faculty this fall, and encourages all of us to join in welcoming Terry Hunt to the College and to the University of Oregon.
Scott Coltrane
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

Honor’s College Dean search update

From: “Provost Office” <provost@uoregon.edu>
Date: April 15, 2013 10:11:08 AM PDT
Subject: Clark Honors College Candidate Withdraws
The finalist for the CHC Dean search scheduled to visit campus this week has withdrawn.  All meetings and events planned for this visit on Thursday and Friday are cancelled.
Please engage the next finalist on April 22 and 23 at the public presentation  and any other meeting to which you have been invited.  The schedule will be available at http://provost.uoregon.edu/content/robert-d-clark-honors-college-dean-finalists tomorrow.  The candidate’s name, letter of interest and CV will be posted on Wednesday.
Jim Bean
Senior Vice President and Provost