Thursday, March 23, 2017

Oregon may drop the goal that 80% of high school grads will earn a 2- or 4- year college degree by 2025

Oregon Lawmakers, sensing ambitious education goals out of reach, prepare to drop them

OregonLive
By Betsy Hammond
March 23, 2017

In 2011, Oregon lawmakers agreed on an ambitious goal: By 2025, the state should get all its young people to graduate from high school and 80 percent to earn a two- or four-year college degree.

Now, largely at the urging of the state's teachers union, a group of mostly Democratic lawmakers want the state to drop those goals, largely as an admission the state's schools and colleges won't come close to accomplishing them.

Read the full OregonLive article here.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Citing Anti-Semitic Incidents in Portland, Oregon Democrats Seek to Toughen State, National Hate Crimes Laws- Willamette Week

Anti-Semitic incidents in Portland cited in US Senators' joint statement.

Willamette Week
By Corey Pein
March 16, 2017

Oregon's U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden  and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, issued a joint statement today announcing their support for the tougher federal hate crimes laws, and cited anti-Semitic incidents described by WW this week.

The Senators co-sponsored the NO HATE Act, a bill introduced yesterday by Se. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), which provides "incentives for hate crime reporting, grants for State-run hate crimes hotlines, a Federal private right of action for victims of hate crimes, and additional penalties for individuals convicted under" the existing hate crimes law.

Read the full article here.

UO psychology professor accuses school of pay discrimination- Oregon Live

UO psychology professor accuses school of pay discrimination

Oregon Live
By Andrew Theen
March 21, 2017

A tenured psychology professor has accused the University of Oregon of paying her substantially less than some of her less experienced male colleagues, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Jennifer Joy Freyd, 59, says the university's own research has determined that the Psychology Department "faces a significant equity problem" with respect to professor pay, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene .  She says the school is in violation of the Equal Pay Act.

Read the full article here.

Friday, March 17, 2017

International Student Enrollment Down- OregonLive

Portland State sees drop in applicants from India, but officials don't blame Trump

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel traveled to
India to recruit students in late February and early March 2017.
Pictured: Faculty at Lady Irwin in New Delhi. (Courtesy of PSU) 
The number of Indian students applying to study at Portland State University this fall dropped 27 percent compared with the same time last year, a development that has raised serious concerns that the political climate in the U.S. was directly affecting an important pipeline from overseas.  Read More  

Oregon Universities and Tuition Increases above 5%- OregonLive

Double-digit tuition increases? University leaders point fingers at Salem

Two of Oregon's largest public universities are considering double-digit tuition increases this fall, moves with the potential to affect more than 24,000 in-state students. Read More

Local Impact of the GOP Health Plan- Oregon Center for Public Policy's Analysis

House GOP Health Plan Threatens Nearly One Million Oregonians Relying on the Oregon Health Plan

Rural Oregon would suffer the most harm

By Janet Bauer

A Republican proposal to cut Medicaid recently unveiled in a congressional committee led by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (OR) would likely cause hundreds of thousands of Oregonians to lose health insurance, undermine coverage for many more, and harm the state’s economy. The impacts of the plan, which inevitably would fall on the nearly one million Oregonians relying on the Oregon Health Plan, would be particularly harsh for Oregon and rural residents of the state.

375,000 Oregonians would likely lose coverage; Oregon hit particularly hard  Read More

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Post Measure 97: Oregon university presidents seek 'minimum' increase of $100M for higher ed

From Oregonlive November 9, 2016
Measure 97's failure creates tough decisions for Oregon lawmakers next year, but the state's public university presidents say one choice should be clear: Keep funding higher education.
Oregon's seven public university presidents signed a joint letter Wednesday asking for a "minimum" of $100 million funding increase for higher education in the next biennium.
The failed tax on corporations wasn't expected to contribute to higher education, but it would have helped address a built-in budget shortfall of more than $1 billion. Despite the challenges, the presidents said, Oregon can still work to make its public universities affordable for residents.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

First Monday Musings: On Academic Freedom, Administrative Fairness, And Blackface

A thought-provoking Op Ed piece about the UO professor who wore blackface to an off-campus party

Published in "Above the Law" Nov 7, 2016


I had intended to write this month about bar passage rates and the steps we at Illinois took this year (that I hope contributed to our strong results relative to other good schools), but given the recent flap at the University of Oregon over a law faculty member’s wearing of a costume that included blackface at a private, off-campus Halloween party attended by students and faculty members, I think some reflections about “academic freedom” are in order. Although I am a law dean, I express here my own views, not those of my law school or university.

Friday, November 4, 2016

UO law professor investigated for wearing blackface at Halloween party

UPDATE: A group of 23 School of Law faculty members released a statement calling on their colleague to resign if the blackface incident is true.
A University of Oregon law professor wore a costume that included "blackface" at an off-campus Halloween party, prompting outcry from student groups and a decision to place the professor on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Phil and Penny Knight will give $500 million to University of Oregon for science complex

October 18, 2016 from OregonLive

The University of Oregon announced it received a $500 million commitment from Phil and Penny Knight to build a new science complex in Eugene, which it hopes will speed the translation of scientific discoveries into "real world impact."

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