Friday, May 26, 2017

What's Required of a Professor Who Learns of a Student's Rape? One University Seeks a Nuanced Answer (U of O)

The Chronicle of Higher Education
By Katherine Mangan
May 25, 2017

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Faculty members at the University of Oregon will no longer be required to notify campus authorities when students confide in them that they've been sexually assaulted or harassed but say they don't want the information reported.

The new policy, announced this week, comes at ta time when colleges cationwide are struggling to meet the demands of tough but confusing requirements under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

Read the full article about the University of Oregon's new policy at The Chronicle of Higher Education's website here.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Do Away with the Electoral College? Lawmakers inch Oregon closer

OregonLive
By Gordon R. Friedman
May 25, 2017

Salem-- House lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday that would make Oregon award its Electoral College votes only to presidential candidates who win the national popular vote.

Wednesday's vote marks the first time that such legislation, already passed by 11 other states, may have a shot at becoming law in Oregon.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 AAUP-Oregon Annual Meeting: Under Attack & Fighting Back

AAUP-Oregon
By Ashley Bromley, Executive Director
May 17, 2017

AAUP activists from across the state gathered on the Oregon State University campus on April 29th to build a shared strategy for fighting back against attacks on higher education.

Our Campuses Under Attack
Photo courtesy of AAUP-Oregon

We began the day with a plenary panel addressing the attacks on students, inclusion, science, and faculty rights that we face on our campuses.  Leaders summarized the current threats faced and shared how their campuses are responding.  The plenary provided a launching off point for break-out sessions where we brainstormed how AAUP-Oregon can actively address these attacks.  Each break-out group reported back at the closing plenary, helping us create a list of priorities and action items to guide our work in the coming year.  The actions include:

Read the actions and the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

This May Day, think of not just flowers, but of how Oregon's economy can do better for its workers

Oregon Center for Public Policy
By Chuck Sheketoff
May 2017

May Day, for some Americans, is a celebration of spring's arrival, replete with bright flowers and maypoles.  But for many around the world, May 1st is International Worker's Day.  It commemorates the deaths of protesters fighting for an eight-hour workday in Chicago's Haymarket Square in 1886.

So today is a good day to ask: How is Oregon's economy doing for workers?

Read the full article at the Oregon Center for Public Policy website here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

March for Science in Salem draws large crowd

Statesman Journal
By Lauren E. Hernandez
April 23, 2017

More than 1,000 people spilled onto the Oregon State Capitol on Earth Day as part of a nationwide effort to recognize the importance of science in the world.

Men, women, and children clutched signs expressing their love for science and others waved flags with painted depictions of the Earth as the group snaked through Downtown Salem.
From the Portland March for Science event.
(Courtesy of OregonLive)

Read the full article at the Satesman Journal website here.

See the top 14 sign from the Portland's March for Science at OregonLive here.


OSU debuts new logo, mission statement highlighting state and global reach

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
April 24, 2017

Oregon State University debuted a new logo, mission statement and branding campaign Monday designed to emphasize the Corvallis-based school's broad reach across the state and aroud the world.

Oregon State University's new logo. (Courtesy of OSU)
The state's largest public university started the marketing effort two years ago with an audit of its brand by the higher education marketing firm Ologie.  OSU paid the Ohio-based company $395,000 for the audit and branding work.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


University of Oregon plans $4.5 million budget cut

OregonLive
By Associated Press
April 21, 2017

The University of Oregon plans to cut $4.5 million in spending from its 2017-2018 budget.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported Friday that the university has announced four new spending curbs as part of a continued effort to address an approaching budget shortfall.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


OSU reveals plans for new $60 million arts and education complex

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
April 20, 2017

Oregon State University plans to build a $60 million complex for theater, arts and music on its Corvallis campus, officials said this week.

Bret Lorimore/ OSU
The university received a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor to pay for the project, and will try to raise another $5 million in contributions.  OSU also will ask for $30 million in state bonds during the next legislative session to make the project a reality.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lewis and Clark Students, faculty push back against controversial speaker as protest cntinues

OregonLive
By Eder Campuzano
April 11, 2017

When student organizers invited Jessica Vaughan to speak at Lewis & Clark College's International Affairs Symposium, they knew there would be pushback.

Photo: Eder Campuzano
The policy director for the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies, recently designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, repeatedly told the audience gathered inside the Agnes Flanagan Chapel that she's not against refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

Read the full article along with student and faculty statements at the OregonLive website here.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

United Academics at UO: standing for gender and racial equity

Reposted from AAUP-Oregon

By Michael Dreiling, President, United Academics at UO

Since the founding of our union, United Academics has argued that all faculty should be paid a fair and equitable wage.  Through our two rounds of bargaining, we have fought to have the lowest-paid faculty members lifted up with adequate salary floors.  We have also proposed and pursued equity raises to address historic imbalances in salaries within departments and in comparison to our national peers.  A fair and equitable wage for all is a fundamental principle of our union, and we affirm that principle in light of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by our colleague Jennifer Freyd.

Read the full article at the AAUP-Oregon website here.