Monday, August 14, 2017

Hundreds Rally in Salem after violence in Charlottesville

Statesman Journal
By Anna Reed
August 13, 2017

Less than 24 hours after starting an effort to organize a rally in solidarity with the victims of protests and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, hundreds of people descended upon downtown Salem.  Totting signs denouncing Nazis, the alt-right and white supremacy, people of all ages spread out near the Marion Street and Center Street bridges.

The rally was to "show that Salem is not a hateful place, that Oregon supports diversity," Pam McCollum, with Salem Resists said.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal website here.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

How Important is earning a Bachelor's Degree

Oregon Business Report
By Felicia Bechtoldt
August 8, 2017

According to data from the Pew Research Center, nearly every American feels that college is very important.  Almost all parents (94%) expect their children to attend college, roughly three quarters (73%) of adults feel that college is "...essential to get ahead in life," and Americans across the board believe they would have a larger salary with a college degree or a smaller salary without one.  Folks are divided, however, on the "mission" of college.  Close to 40 percent of Americans feel the main goal of a college education is personal growth while nearly half (47%) feel the main goal is preparation for the labor force.  Some people might argue that both missions are essentially the same.  Regardless of the purpose of college, from a labor market perspective the value of a bachelor's degree is revealed in the data.

Read the full article at the Oregon Business Report website here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Oregon State debates buildings with controversial namesakes

OregonLive
By Special to the Oregonian
July 22, 2017

Editor's note: This story was produced by student reporters as part of the High School Journalism Institute, an annual collaboration aong The Oregonian/OregonLive, Oregon State University and other Oregon media organizations. Read this post for more information about the training program.

By Emily Mena-Rangel and Desirea Pierce

A debate about buildings named for people accused of holding racist ideas has called into question how Oregon State University's past aligns with its values today.

Four buildings -- Arnold Dining Center, Avery Lodge, Benton Hall and Gill Coliseum -- might be renamed after research suggested that the buildings' namesakes may have held segregationist or pro-slavery views.  Though some say removing the names would erase campus history, others argue the names honor people with white supremacist backgrounds, making students of color feel unwelcome.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UO student alleges gender discrimination at heart of 2016 sexual assault investigation

OregonLive
Andrew Theen
July 18, 2017

A University of Oregon student filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming the school violated his civil rights and pursued a discriminatory investigation "based solely on his gender" after a female student accused him of sexual assault in 2016.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court filed in Eugene contends the student, identified under pseudonym John Doe, was not allowed due process during an investigative hearing conducted by the university.  Doe was "effectively deprived the right to confront his accuser, to challenge her credibility through meaningful cross-examination, and to present a defense," the lawsuit claims.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Oregon Promise will be 'significantly' changed 2 years after it started

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
June 30, 2017

Oregon higher education leaders are considering making significant changes to who qualifies for the Oregon Promise, the last dollar scholarship program approved by lawmakers just two years ago.

Lawmakers are budgeting $40 million for the program in the next two years, $8 million less than state officials say is needed to pay for it.  So now the state may cut off grants to students from wealthier families to make up the difference.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Lawmakers back $100 million for Elliot State Forest, $50 million for UO campus

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
July 3, 2017

Oregon will issue more than $100 million in state bonds to keep the Elliot State Forest in public hands and another $50 million to help the University of Oregon build a new science complex named after its most famous graduate.

Legislative budget writers approved with little comment a lengthy capital construction list Monday which includes more than #362 million for 29 projects on public university and community college campuses across Oregon.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Epochal Crossroads and the Values(s) of Higher Education: A Critical Reflection

AAUP-Oregon
June 19, 2017
By Pedro Garcia-Caro, United Academics at UO

Courtesy of AAUP-Oregon
The divisive and toxic national political climate has deeply impacted our campus throughout this academic year, altering the way in which we all see each other and the university as an institution.  Already, over the past decade, the historical crossroads for our university was an increasingly fraught choice between a previously dignified public university or a largely privatized corporation.  The scandalous withdrawal of state revenues away from Higher Education in Oregon and elsewhere in the country dictated a donor-driven, student-as-customer-and-future-alumni ethos for which the narrative of the campus was becoming increasingly more devoted to the show-business of college sports next to the campus as a profitable space for networking, offering a set of business-oriented skills (accounting, letter writing, marketing), and then - as an afterthought - showcasing some cool scientific discoveries resulting from regularly underfunded projects.

Read the full article at the state AAUP website here.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Study: More Oregon college students use pot since legalization

OregonLive
By Lynne Terry
June 14, 2017

Marijuana use among Oregon college students has gone up since the legalization of recreational pot, a new study found.

Much of that increase was among students who had recently been drinking.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

AAUP-Oregon is Hiring!

AAUP-Oregon
By Ashley Bromley
June 12, 2017

The Oregon State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-Oregon) is pleased to announce an organizer position to be filled as soon as possible.  Four years ago, faculty at the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and Oregon State University came together to revive the state organization if the AAUP.  Since that time, the state conference has established itself as a voice for faculty in Oregon and an important partner with other higher education unions and student groups, legislatively and on campuses.

Read the full article and see the application requirements at the AAUP-Oregon website here.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Southern Oregon University loses $1.9 million in email scheme

OregonLive
By The Associated Press
June 8, 2017

Ashland -- Southern Oregon University lost $1.9 million in an email scheme.

The Mail Tribune reports University officials announced the loss Wednesday, stating the funds were intended for the contractor on the McNeal Pavilion and Student Recreation Center.  But unknown suspects allegedly posed as Anderson Construction in an email, prompting officials to send the payment to a bank account the contractor did not control.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.