Monday, December 18, 2017

Oregon Will Join Lawsuit Against FCC on Net Neutrality

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
December 14, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 this morning to repeal the doctrine of "net neutrality."

The effect of that decision is to allow internet service providers to change the terms under which they do business, potentially treating different customers differently and charging them accordingly.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ron Wyden joins calls for Donald Trump to resign over alleged sex misconduct

By Gordon R. Friedman

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden on Monday joined the chorus of Democratic senators calling for President Donald Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.  He also said Congress should launch an investigation if Trump will not step down.

Wyden's statement comes amid a wave of women speaking up about sexual mistreatment they say they have endured at the hands of powerful men in politics, the news media and entertainment industry.  Calls for Trump's resignation are also growing among the state's most liberal Democrats as several of Trump's accusers are saying publicly that the president should pay a political price for his alleged sexual indiscretions. 

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Friday, December 8, 2017

OSU won't fight judge's decision to examine professor's firing

By Andrew Theen
December 7, 2017

The fate of an Oregon State University professor fired on sexual harassment and bullying charges this fall will have to wait at least another week.

A. Morrie Craig, a long-time toxicology professor fired by President Ed Ray on Oct. 30 following a faculty-led conduct hearing, appealed his termination to the university's board of trustees.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

OSU professor fired for sexual harassment, bullying, makes rare appeal to trustees

By Andrew Theen
December 5, 2017

A veteran Oregon State University professor fired over allegations of sexual harassment and bullying has appealed his dismissal to the school's board of trustees, according to board documents.

Oregon State trustees on Dec. 11 will determine the fate of A. Morrie Craig, a toxicology professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He was first hired by the university in 1976.

Read the article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Higher education leaders in Oregon nervously wait as tax plan still could be 'devastating' to students

By Andrew Theen
December 1, 2017

College students and campus administrators in Oregon are nervously watching Congress to see whether the final Republican tax plan includes policies that private and public university leaders alike say would be devastating for students and make college less accessible for everyone.

Republicans appear to have enough votes to pass the Senate version of their tax plan, but higher education officials say the House version approved Nov. 16 presents far more damaging policy changes that would make college more expensive for graduate students in particular.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Oregon State Will Change Some Building Names

Inside Higher Ed
By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
November 28, 2017

Oregon State University will rename multiple campus buildings after concerns they were named for racists, it announced Monday.

University President Ed Ray has asked for recommendations for new names for Avery Lodge and Benton Hall and its annex, which all house various administrative offices.

Read the full article at the Inside Higher Ed website here.

Pacific University announces $80 million fundraising campaign

By Andrew Theen
November 22, 2017

Pacific University, the private school with campuses in Forest Grove and Hillsboro, said it plans to raise $80 million by 2020.

The school is expected to formally announce its latest fundraising effort Monday.  According to the website, Pacific is more than halfway to that goal already.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

UO names Georgia Tech scientist to lead Knight campus

By Andrew Theen
November 20, 2017

The University of Oregon on Monday named a Georgia biomedical engineer who specializes in regenerative medicine to lead the new science campus named for its most famous donor and alumnus.

Robert Guldberg will run the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific impact, a $1 billion research and innovation hub taking shape at the Eugene campus.  The school unveiled plans for the project in October 2016 after receiving a $500 million commitment from the Nike co-founder and his wife.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Oregon Democrats in Congress Tell U.S. Justice Department to Stop Bullying the State on Sanctuary Policies

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
November 17, 2017

The Democratic congressional delegation from Oregon today told the U.S. Department of Justice to stop bullying the state by threatening to withhold federal funds if Oregon Doesn't dismantle policies that bar local officials from aiding the feds in immigration-related investigations.

U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden joined U.S. Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader and Peter DeFazio in writing a letter that warned the DOJ that its tactics were "harmful and retaliatory" and that a federal judge had previously barred such efforts to coerce state policies.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

U.S. Justice Department Demands That Oregon Explain Its Sanctuary Laws or Risk Federal Grant Money

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd

The U.S. Department of Justice demanded Wednesday that Oregon explain its sanctuary laws, or risk losing federal dollars.

In a letter that was also sent to 28 other so-called "sanctuary jurisdictions," acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson asked the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to account for policies that the U.S. DOJ believes may violate rules tied to federal funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant program.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Oregon State gives first glimpse at $50 million Newport expansion

By Andrew Theen
November 15, 2017

Oregon State University offered its first look at the architectural designs for the school's planned $50 million expansion of its Newport campus.

Plans for the 72,000-square-foot building at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport were revealed Wednesday afternoon during a public meeting at the coast.  OSU hopes to start construction next spring and open the building by 2019.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Sexism, harassment allegations preceded UO firing of Bach Festival director

By Saul Hubbard, Eugene Register Guard
November 16, 2017

The University of Oregon this summer received four complaints about alleged sexist and inappropriate behavior by Matthew Halls, then the artistic director of the Bach Festival, before his abrupt and secretive termination by the UO.

At least three of the unnamed female complaints were Bach Festival performers, newly released records from the university show.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My View: Protect health care for working Oregonians

Portland Tribune
By Janet Bauer

The health care financing package enacted by the 2017 Legislature was a smart move.  A 'yes' vote on Ballot Measure 101 will protect health care for hundreds of thousands of working- and middle-class Oregonians.

Many more Oregonians are now able to see a doctor when they need to, compared to the situation just a few years back.  Health insurance coverage is at an all-time high.  Hundreds if thousands of working- and middle-class Oregonians have gained coverage, thanks to our state's work to make health insurance available to everyone.

Unfortunately, there is a political effort afoot in Oregon that would unravel this progress.  The threat to the health coverage of middle-class and working Oregonians is the defeat of Ballot Measure 101, to come before voters in January.

Read the full article at the Portland Tribune website here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sen. Ron Wyden "Deeply Troubled" Over Report of University of Oregon's Handling of Basketball Player Accused of Rape

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
November 6, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is turning up the heat on the University of Oregon after a report in Sports Illustrated last week that provided a damaging account of the university's response to allegations of rape against Kavell Bigby-Williams, a prize recruit for the men's basketball team.

The Sports Illustrated story, written by Kenny Jacoby, an investigative reporter for the University of Oregon Daily Emerald, lays out a series of non-responses on the part of U of O personnel after they learned from officials in Wyoming that Bigby-Williams was suspected of rape there.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Reed students have been camped out in the president's office for 9 days

By Lizzy Acker
October 31, 2017

A rotating group of around 40 or 50 students at Reed College have been camped out in an administration building for nine days, demanding the college divest from Wells Fargo.  And the college is, largely, supporting the effort.

"It's our job to disrupt oppressive systems," Tiffany Chang, a sophomore, said Tuesday.

Chang is one of the students who has been occupying the president's office.  She's been there, along with other member of a group called Reedies Against Racism, for over a week.  The students have actually pitched tents in the offices and hallways of Eliot Hall.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Seasons workers move to unionize

By Anna Marum
November 1, 2017

Workers at New Seasons Market are organizing a union, criticizing the Portland grocer for rolling back health coverage, among other things.

"Right now our main demand is just for them to sit down with us," said Isaac Byrd, a cashier at the Williams store.  "We want to have a conversation."

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Monday, October 30, 2017

More than a building: UO reveals first look at Knight science campus plans

By Andrew Theen
October 27, 2017

Eugene -- The University of Oregon unveiled Friday detailed architectural designs for the first phase of a new science complex fueled by a $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight.

Construction is expected to begin in early February on a 160,000 square-foot facility on Franklin Boulevard across the street from the school's primary science facilities.  The $225 million first phase will include two buildings joined together by a glass terrace.  A new pedestrian bridge will connect the new buildings to the main campus, and the designs also include foot bridges over the millrace.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Operation 'Game of Loans' nets more than $172,000 for Oregon students duped by scammers

By Andrew Theen
October 25, 2017

Oregon participated in a crackdown this month targeting companies the Federal Trade Commission says have scammed people trying to pay back student loans out of $95 million in fraudulent fees nationwide. 

Operation "Game of Loans," representing 11 states and Washington D.C., coordinated legal action against dozens of companies which advertised their services as a way to help students save money on their loans.  Instead, federal and local officials say, the companies pocketed millions and duped students across the country.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AFSCME-represented workers end strike in Lane County

Statesman Journal
Associated Press
October 25, 2017

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Striking government employees in Lane County are going back to work after a walkout that lasted more than a week. 

The county says it reached a contract agreement with nearly 700 workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Read the full article at the Statesman Journal website here.

PSU-AAUP endorsed the strike action in solidarity with AFSCME Local 2831 in Lane County.  See the endorsement and the letter of support that was sent here.

Monday, October 23, 2017

OHSU President Joe Robertson announces retirement

By Andrew Theen
October 19, 2017

Dr. Joe Robertson, the president of Oregon Health & Science University for more than a decade, will retire at the end of October but plans to  stay on as president as needed through the end of the current school year.

OHSU announced the retirement news Thursday morning in a news release.  Robertson discovered last month that he has a "mild form of multiple sclerosis," according to the statement.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Betsy DeVos will be in Oregon this week

By Bethany Barnes
October 10, 2017

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is coming to McMinnville Wednesday.

"The Secretary requested a visit of McMinnville Schools to learn about the excellent instructional practices making a difference for students," McMinnville Superintendent Maryalice Russell wrote on McMinnville High's Facebook page.  "Secretary DeVos' visit is intended to provide an opportunity for staff and students to tell their story."

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Brenda Tracy, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley say resist changes to federal rules on campus sexual assault

By Andrew Theen
October 9, 2017

Oregon's colleges and universities must resist any Trump administrations plans to walk back federal rules directing how schools respond to sexual assault on campus.

That was the takeaway from a Monday morning roundtable discussion at Portland State University.  Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy held an informal discussion with PSU Title IX leaders and sexual assault prevention staffers.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Student protesters disrupt University of Oregon's announcement of $50 million gift

By Therese Bottomly
October 6, 2017

The University of Oregon president's state of the university speech in Eugene was canceled Friday after a noisy group of protesters took over the stage where he was to announce an anonymous $50 million gift.

President Michael Schill walked out of the auditorium without ever taking the podium.  He said later in a video address that, while he supports free speech, he does not support protests that impede other people's free speech rights.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Feds Falsely Boast of Immigration Raid Targeting Portland, But Only Detain Four People

Willamette Week
By Katie Shepherd
September 29, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement trumpted a raid that ostensibly arrested 33 undocumented immigrants in Portland, then changed its story nearly a day later, saying it had only detained four in this sanctuary city.

The ICE press release-widely parroted by local media, until ICE retracted it-came less than two weeks after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Portland to deliver a diatribe against sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal agents to enforce federal immigration laws.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Trump's Ninth Circuit Court Nominee Stalled, as Feinstein Says Wyden, Merkley Objections Should Rule

Willamette Week
By Nigel Jaquiss
October 1, 2017

The laborious route to confirming a replacement for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain remains bottled up in a dispute between President Donald Trump's administration and U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

On Sept. 7, Trump nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Bounds to replace O'Scannlain, a move that Wyden and Merkley opposed.

Read the full article at the Willamette Week website here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PERS plan may cost business, consumers dearly

Oregon Business Report
By Mark Hester
September 21, 2017

The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) Unfunded Actuarial Liability (UAL) Task Force described each of its first two meetings as "brainstorming," but it's already clear that most of the proposals discussed so far would create a storm of controversy.

Perhaps, that is unavoidable given the magnitude of the problem the task force is charged with studying - ways to reduce the $25 billion PERS unfunded liability.  But there also should be concern that the long-term harm caused by many of the proposals would outweigh the short-term budget benefits.  Making a small dent in the unfunded liability will not be enough to stop the long-term growth of PERS, which threatens to soon account for as much as 30% of payroll costs for some school districts.

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Trump rhetoric spurs Oregon universities to double down on welcoming immigrants, Dreamers

By Andrew Theen
September 22, 2017

President Donald Trump's immigration policies and controversial bans have sent a chill through Oregon's cash-strapped public universities, which rely more than ever on lucrative tuition from international students.

Since Trump took office, applications from international students have dropped by double-digit percentages at Portland State University alone.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Southern Oregon University to name new athletic facility after Lithia Motors

By Andrew Theen
August 24, 2017

Southern Oregon University says its new $23.6 million athletic pavilion will take the name of one of the Rogue Valley's most prominent businesses.

The Lithia Motors Pavilion, the new home for the Ashland university's basketball, wrestling and volleyball teams, will open in January.  It will include a 1,400-seat gymnasium, locker rooms, three classrooms, workout facilities and administrative offices.  The building replaces McNeal Hall which was torn down to make way for the new facility.

Read the full article at the OregonLive website here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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