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.