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.

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."


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

M98 stirs questions behind closed doors

Portland Tribune Oct. 11, 2016 [Measure 98 is the Voc Ed initiative. Pat Burke is faculty in the PSU Graduate School of Education]

Measure 98 appears set for a smooth sail to victory on Election Day.
The statewide high school graduation measure has big-name multipartisan support through Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, Republican candidate for governor Dr. Bud Pierce, the Independent Party of Oregon and many others.
Backers also have amassed a war chest of $3.1 million provided mostly by the Portland-based national nonprofit Stand for Children.
That’s actually less than the yes campaign for its much more high-profile ballot neighbor, Measure 97. That may be surprising given that — unlike the controversial corporate tax measure — Measure 98 enjoys no organized opposition and has the support of 64 percent of respondents to a recent citizen poll.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Lewis & Clark College student stumbles across Bible from 1599

From The Oregonian/OregonLive 09/30/16
For probably half a century, a copy of one of the most historically significant Bibles ever published sat forgotten in the basement of Lewis & Clark College'sAubrey R. Watzek Library in Portland.
Then, on Tuesday, a curious history major opened a box, and the 1599 Geneva Bible – the Bible of Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare and the Mayflower Pilgrims – came back into the light of day.
"It's quite rare," said Hannah Crummé, the library's head of special collections and college archivist. "It's not the only copy of this particular book ... but it is the only catalogued copy in the Northwest."

Monday, September 26, 2016

Oregon's largest universities see 'mediocre' graduation rates as a problem

Oregonian article by Andrew Theen
Thousands of college freshman start classes this month at Oregon's three largest public universities, and if history repeats itself, more than half will not have a degree in four years.
And by 2022, chances are, roughly one-third of this year's full-time freshman will still remain degreeless.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

U.S. News & World Report college rankings: How Oregon schools fared

U.S. News & World Report issued its 2015 college rankings Tuesday, and Oregon schools made a showing.
No Oregon campus made the top tier of best schools overall. The University of Oregon scored highest on that list among Oregon schools, earning a No. 106 ranking in a seven-way tie.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Oregon had close eye on ITT Tech before its demise

ITT Tech, the for-profit higher education giant that crumbled under federal regulation and oversight this week, was also under scrutiny from Oregon officials before its demise.
The state's Higher Education Coordinating Commission has some oversight powers, including the ability to approve applications allowing schools to continue awarding degrees every two years. ITT's degree approval had just expired Aug. 31.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Portland students' protest forces public talk about school bond, walkout planned

Portland teens forced school board members to publicly explain why they are delaying a bond to fix their crumbling, overcrowded high school by threatening a sit-in at Tuesday's board meeting.
The Lincoln High School students, who were about 30-strong at the meeting, want the board to put a $750 million construction bond on November's ballot. The deadline to place measures on that ballot is Thursday.