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.

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

Getty Images
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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Leadership Transitions at AAUP-Oregon included in the President's Column

AAUP- Oregon
President's Column: Spring Renewal!
By José Padín

It has been an honor to serve our academic class as president of our AAUP-Oregon, the state "conference" for AAUP in Oregon.  I am delighted to see the maturation of our AAUP state federation and the new crop of member-leaders taking office on April 29th are cause for excitement and optimism.

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


AAUP-Oregon Welcomes Ashley Bromley as new Executive Director

AAUP- Oregon
April 11, 2017
By Margaret Butler

Next week, our new Executive Director Ashley Bromley will start to transition into her position.  Please join me in welcoming her to AAUP.  Ashley brings four years of staff experience at the Coalition for Graduate Employees at Oregon State.

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


Friday, April 7, 2017

UO Cutting 31 jobs, including 21 instructors from its largest college

The Register-Guard
By Dylan Darling
April 7, 2017

The largest college withing the University of Oregon is cutting 31 jobs, primarily instructors of humanities courses with declining interest from students.

(Dylan Darling/The Register-Guard)
The UO's College of Arts and Sciences, plans to cut 21 nontenure track faculty and 10 staff workers, Arts and Sciences Dean Andrew Marcus said Thursday.  The faculty and staff will finish the school year, and the UO will not renew their contracts.

Read the full article at The Register-Guard's website here.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bonamici and Blumenauer sign on to U.S. House Bill that would prohibit ICE arrests at courthouses and schools

Multnomah Justice Center (Joe Riedl)
Willamette Week
By Rachel Monahan
March 31, 2017

A bill introduced yesterday with the support of two of Oregon's representatives in Congress would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from making arrests at schools, courthouses or health clinics.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump budget a 'deep concern' for Oregon research universities

OregonLive
By Andrew Theen
March 30, 2017

The preliminary 2018 budget the Trump administration released earlier this month is supposed to give negotiators a starting point, but Oregon's largest universities already are rattled by the sweeping cuts in science and research spending it proposes.

The fiscal blueprint could upend or delay scientific study across the state -- from cancer research on Pill Hill in Portland to programs affecting coastal communities - and longtime observers of the political process say it's an ominous sign of where the administration's interests lie.

Read the full article at OregonLive's website here.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

AAUP-Oregon Election Results 2017

AAUP-Oregon
By Margaret Butler
March 27, 2017

Our new officers are:

  • President-Elect: Michael Dreiling, University of Oregon
  • Secretary-Elect: Pedro Garcia-Caro, University of Oregon
  • VP for Academic Freedom-Elect: Bob Liebman, Portland State
  • VP for Membership & Organizing-Elect: Leanne Serbulo, Portland State
  • VP for Political Action & Legislation-Elect: Ramin Farahmandpur, Portland State
  • Advocate for Academic Professionals: Karen Kennedy, Portland State (re-elected)

The newly elected officers will take office on April 29 at the membership meeting.

See the original post on the AAUP-Oregon website here


Monday, March 27, 2017

Proposed Change to AAUP-Oregon Constitution

AAUP-Oregon
By Margaret Butler, Executive Director
March 24, 2017

Official Notice: The AAUP-Oregon Executive Committee is proposing changes to the AAUP-Oregon Constitution to be voted on at the Membership Meeting on April 29, 2017.  The changes are to streamline our Executive Committee by removing the positions of VP for Collective Bargaining, Advocate for Tenure, and At-Large Member Representative.  We are required by the Constitution to give all members 30 days notice of our intent to vote on this change.  You can see the Constitution with the proposed change here.

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

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