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