Video and interview with the recently released perp here.
Oh wait, that was at the Supreme Court last Wednesday – apparently it’s the first time in history that anyone has managed to get video from inside the court. The SCOTUS arrested the protestor, then according to this NYU law blog, deleted all references to the protest and arrest from the minutes of their proceedings. (Thanks to UO Journalism Prof and First Amendment Chair Kyu Ho Youm’s excellent twitter feed for the link.)
So, what about UO’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee? At its most recent meeting Chair Rob Illig (Law) and Senate President Margie Paris (Law) launched an attack on IAC member Bill Harbaugh (me), claiming I was responsible for the Athletic Department’s lack of trust in the committee’s willingness to keep the Ducks peculiar finances and activities as secret as they would like them to be.
The minutes of the meeting detailing this attack and the objections to it raised by myself and other IAC members, which were kept by an athletic department employee, are supposed to be made public. So I asked Illig for a copy. No answer. Other IAC members also asked. Eventually Illig sent his response: He will not release the minutes of any IAC meetings.
OK Professor Illig, let’s go there:
Dear UO Public Records Officer Thornton:
It seems strange that the member of a Senate committee should have to make a public records request in order to see the minutes of a meeting of that committee, but that seems to be the message Professor Illig is sending in his email below.
Therefore, this is a public records request for a copy of the any notes taken by AD employee Colleen Morgan during IAC meetings this academic year.
I ask for a fee waiver on the basis of public interest.
As IAC chair, Illig’s charge is to report on the following to the UO Senate in writing by Monday, and then answer questions on Wednesday, in public and on video:
a) issues related to student athlete welfare;
b) priorities for the athletics department (and the relation of these priorities to the university mission);
c) the financial status of the athletics department;
d) planned expansion, remodeling or removal of athletics facilities;
e) changes in the status of sports teams;
f) changes in facilities management that might affect the university community;
g) any major violations by the athletics department, and their resolutions;
h) possible roles for faculty governing bodies to assure that academic policies and practices are consistent with supporting the intellectual growth and academic success of student athletes and the viability of athletics as an integral part of campus life;
i) any others topics the athletics director deems relevant to the university community.
(2) The chair of the IAC shall provide an annual report to the University Senate during spring term. This report should cover IAC involvement on the issues stated above and an assessment of the consistency of athletic policies and practices with the academic mission of the university.
Illig hasn’t pursued any of these matters, so it should be a short report.
What do we need to do to make the IAC chair do his job? Legislation. On Wednesday the Senate will vote on the following motion:
The Senate Directs the IAC to Report on UO’s Academic Support for Student Athletes
1.1 WHEREAS, the issue of the academic opportunities and outcomes of student-athletes is of longstanding concern, dating to a 1905 White House meeting by (U.S.) President Theodore Roosevelt that led to the creation of the NCAA’s predecessor organization[i], and as most recently demonstrated at the University of North Carolina, where a professor has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of providing sham courses to student-athletes[ii]; and
1.2 WHEREAS the University of Oregon’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee’s charge includes the duty to
“Promote and safeguard opportunities for student athletes to excel in academics and protect and ensure the academic integrity of student athletes”[iii]
1.3 WHEREAS the UO Athletic Department and/or the Jaqua Center have required that UO student-athletes take classes taught and graded by Athletic Department employees, which from the syllabus do not appear to meet UO’s regular academic standards[iv], which were not submitted to the Senate’s Committee on Courses according to the regular 2-year timeline for new courses, and which were rejected when finally submitted for review[v]; and
1.4 WHEREAS the UO Athletic Department and/or the Jaqua Center have also steered student-athletes into at least one course offered only to student-athletes, in which all those taking the course for a grade were given a grade of A+; and
1.5 WHEREAS this fall the IAC interviewed several former UO student-athletes about their concerns about the academic and career support services they had received from the Jaqua Center, but did not pursue their concerns, or make any report to the Senate, or make any proposals for improvements[vi]; and
1.6 WHEREAS other universities have conducted outside reviews of their academic support for student-athletes, including statistical information on qualifications, academic performance, responses of student-athletes to survey questions, and recommendations for improvements[vii] ; and
1.7 WHEREAS in contrast the UO’s most recent review of support for student-athletes is an internal review, conducted in 2012 by an administrator who (as near as can be determined from the redacted response to a public records request made by the Register Guard[viii]) is not independent of the athletic department, and whose review does not include any analysis of academic qualifications, performance, or career outcomes, or any interviews with student-athletes, or any recommendations for improvements[ix].
2.1 BE IT HEREBY MOVED that the University Senate establishes an ad hoc “Student-Athlete Success Committee” comprised of IAC members and other Senate constituents, charged with conducting a review of UO’s academic services for student-athletes, with a focus on how to improve these services, and the academic and career outcomes of student-athletes; and
2.2 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that this committee’s report shall include:
1) an analysis of the academic qualifications and educational and career outcomes of student-athletes,
2) surveys and interviews of current and former student-athletes, including questions about their academic experience at UO, the academic support services they have received at the Jaqua Center including questions about academic advising and support, support for post-graduation job searches, and outcomes,
3) surveys of current and former UO admissions employees and Jaqua Center staff and tutors about these matters,
2.3 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the Senate requests that the UO Administration provide any necessary assistance for these analyses and surveys; and
2.4 BE IT FURTHERMORE MOVED that the Senate President form the membership of this committee, to be approved by vote of the Senate by the end of its current term, with a report to follow at the first meeting of the winter session of the 2014-2015 academic year.
[vi] This year’s IAC minutes are missing or were never taken, according to an email to the IAC from chair Rob Illig (Law).
[vii] E.g. the University of Washington report athttps://www.washington.edu/uaa/downloads/StudentAthleteAcademicServicesEvaluationAndReview2009.pdf
William Harbaugh (Economics), Senator
It’s called the “Faculty Athletics Representative”. For the last 25 years it’s been Jim O’Fallon (law). He’s never had a performance review, and his reports to the faculty Senate have been, let’s say, erratic:
I pushed for an open search to replace O’Fallon, with finalists to talk with the faculty and answer questions about how they would deal with the many challenges of this important job. That’s not going to happen. Furthermore, the nominee’s names will be kept secret. President Gottfredson will make the decision. We will not know even know who the search committee recommends as finalists.
Given the secret nature of Gottfredson’s search, our next FAR can’t expect to have the faculty’s trust. But hey, it’s still a sweet gig. There’s a 0.5 FTE release, support staff, and of course free Duck tickets, travel, and bowl game junkets. All paid out of the academic budget – only to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, of course:
The university is seeking to appoint a new Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for the University of Oregon. The current FAR, Jim O’Fallon, is retiring, and has agreed to serve through the 2014–2015 academic year to mentor the new FAR as he or she transitions into the position.
I went through the survey in the email below. It reads like an insulting push-poll, designed to collect responses that will justify hiring more RIGE administrators to coordinate research aimed at local businesses, and work with local government development offices. This is not a bad idea, but for the fact that there’s not much trust left in Espy’s ability to administer such an effort, or in Gottfredson’s ability to administer Espy.
A message from University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson & Vice President for Research and Innovation and Dean of the Graduate School Kimberly Andrews Espy:
At the University of Oregon, we view promoting Oregon’s long-term economic well-being as a key component of our mission.
To help serve this mission, we are writing to ask you, our faculty and staff, to take a few minutes to complete a survey [link deleted, check your email] that will help us focus on our economic engagement in the community, region, and state.
The concern, expressed openly by several Republican senators, is that they will now be painted as wanting to help Big Oil and Big Tobacco – both targets of class action suits in Oregon — instead of the average or low-income voter.
Dave is obviously a talented lobbyist. I wonder why he couldn’t get the legislature to give deals like this to UO, back when he was president? We didn’t properly incentivize him?
2/23/2014 update: RG Editors dismiss Frohnmayer and Gary arguments, note 48 other states now do this, and support HB 4143.
2/22/2014 update: Steve Duin has an excellent review of the conflict of interest issues swirling around Frohnmayer’s opposition to HB 4143, which would take unclaimed damages from class action settlements against his clients like Philip Morris, and use it to fund legal aid for the poor. Currently Oregon lets the corporations have it back, if they can’t find the people it’s owed to. In the Oregonian, here:
Why are all these athletes suing the NCAA over their concussions, instead of the universities?
Hannah Golden has the story in the ODE. This quote will resonate with every professor who keeps a box tissues in their desk drawer:
Administrative rules requiring faculty to report sexual [assault or harassment] can cause a feeling of discomfort and helplessness for university employees in her position. Stabile quoted a colleague saying: “How many times can you sit in a room with a student and all you can do is push a box of tissues across a table?”
What is the UO administration doing? Who knows. Dave Hubin and PR Director Lisa Thornton are sitting on the public records request, until the Emerald pays them off:
Ms Thornton’s process for approving a public interest fee waiver is a bit odd, and apparently she has never, ever, approved one. Right Dave?
Either Senior VP and Provost Scott Coltrane has lost his brain, or he thinks UO’s faculty has lost their memory. From Coltrane’s email today (full text after the break):
The UO was able to provide an across the board and merit process for all faculty and officers of administration in FY14. We are providing another across the board and merit process for FY15.
Thanks Scott, we appreciate this statement, really. But the truth is that ”The University” fought the faculty union raise proposals long and hard, then bought us off with a $350 goat. And now Coltrane wants to take credit for the little bit of merit Gottfredson, Geller and Sharon Rudnick finally agreed to? Shame.
Really Scott? Not a word about the fact the faculty union contract requires that you implement these raises, or about the fact that the Lariviere plan, which you supported publicly and were prepared to implement as CAS Dean in 2009, and for which you had the funds, and for which you gave me the detailed spreadsheets for (OK, only after a public records request), would have meant raises sufficient to get UO within spitting distance of our AAU peers?
Come on Scott, you’ve got the permanent provost job now, you’re a better person than this, aren’t you? Because “The University” sure needs one.
Coltrane’s full email below:
No comment yet on the University Board of Trustees website.
Oh, wait, that would be President Vladimir Putin of Russia, firing Professor Andrei Zubov of MGIMO University in Moscow. Zubov compared Putin’s invasion of the Crimea with the Anschluss. From the Moscow Times, via the NY Times.
Regular readers may remember that I filed an ethics complaint with the Oregon State Bar about Randy Geller and Sharon Rudnick last year. Denied. Oh well, at least they did a thorough investigation, right? Well, now it turns out that Bar’s ethics committee is hilariously incompetent. They just tried to put attorney Liane Inkster, f.k.a Liane Richardson, on their disciplinary committee. Then, as Christian Wihtol reports, they got schooled by the RG:
The state bar, based in Tigard, said it had been unaware of Inkster’s tumultuous history last year as Lane County administrator until bar staff read about it at registerguard.com on Tuesday.
In addition to withdrawing Inkster’s name from nomination to the volunteer board, the bar is “opening up a disciplinary investigation” into Inkster’s conduct at the county last year, bar spokeswoman Kateri Walsh said. Inkster is an attorney and a member of the bar, which licenses and regulates attorney conduct.
Inkster was unaninmously fired last August by the Lane County commissioners from her job as administrator for increasing her pay in violation of county policy and being “untruthful” to an investigator the county hired to look into her conduct.
Nick Budnick has the story in the Oregonian, here. If you think UO’s internal fights about Espy and RIGE are bad, read the comments to his story!
In other news, Betsy Hammond reports that OSU has hit it’s $1B fundraising target early:
The land grant university had set a goal of raising $1 billion by the end of 2014 butexceeded that target 11 months early, President Ed Ray announced. Oregon State is one of only 35 public universities in the country to have crossed the billion-dollar mark in a campaign, OSU officials said.
The money will be used to create more than 600 new scholarships and fellowships for students; to attract and retain great professors with higher pay and endowed faculty positions; and to renovate dozens of campus buildings.
AD Rob Mullens won’t renew the contract of Pat Kilkenny buddy and women’s basketball coach Paul Westhead. We’ve been paying him $650K – and his contract let him live in LA half the year:
Will his replacement be a man or a woman? Andy Greif has some guesses in the Oregonian, here.
For an interesting story on women (and race) in college sports, try this recent NYT piece:
“But in the grand scheme of things, Caucasian girls have benefited disproportionately well, especially suburban girls and wealthy Caucasian girls.”…
An unexpected consequence of Title IX is that since the legislation was passed in 1972, the percentage of female head coaches has decreased and the percentage of men coaching women’s teams has increased, especially in basketball and soccer. According to studies by Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta, the percentage of women coaching women’s teams at the intercollegiate level fell to 44 percent in 2010 from 90 percent in 1972. But even here, African-American women have lost ground.
And here’s a really interesting ESPN story on what happened to Oregon’s winningest women’s coach, Jody Runge - my recollection is that we paid her about $85K:
Says one former player, Shaquala Williams: “She’s a strong woman who didn’t take a backseat to anyone. That didn’t always sit well with the male-dominated administration.” (Moos, now the AD at Washington State, declined comment for this story, as did other key administrators from Runge’s tenure.)
Runge left Oregon believing she had a future in the game. She didn’t yet realize she’d been branded, twice over. She had not only been essentially fired, she had also developed a reputation for, as she puts it, “always wanting something.”
Andy Greif has the details in the Oregonian. Maybe he should try the Urban Farm? The UO student government pays the Ducks about $1.6M for tickets and then gives them to students – but apparently $0 is too high a price for basketball. Altman’s contract pays him a bonus for ticket sales, but not until they hit $4M, and they’re currently running about $2.5M a year.
From P.J. O’Rourke, just in time for the UO Senate debate on the Academic Freedom Policy, March 12. Apparently some court in Ohio upheld a law requiring fact-checks on free speech. The SCOTUS is going to decide if they should hear the case and get in a few laughs mocking the yokels, and P.J. wants in on the action.
In related news, after some national ridicule the Kansas Board of Regents has given up on its efforts to ban faculty from using twitter. Their new draft policy is here. UO President Mike Gottfredson tried something similar at UO last year, to his shame and humiliation, and Sharon Rudnick’s profit:
But whatever. Let’s move on to what will be on The Daily Show:
And for an excellent example of this principle and the First Amendment at work, check out the new UO student blog http://uomatters-doesntmatter.blogspot.com/, which mocks, parodies, insults, and defames me:
(Update: Sadly, the authors of UOMDM now seem to have taken it down. Come on guys, do I really seem like the sort of person who would sue a blog for defamation? Your insinuation is libelous, and you’ll be hearing from my lawyers if it’s not back up by noon. But there’s also http://www.uomatter.com. No idea who writes that one.)
OK, maybe it’s a little over the top. But compare it with the officious letter below from former UO Journalism Dean Tim Gleason. (I think. He won’t tell me unless I pay President Gottfredson’s Special Assistant Dave Hubin $283 for the public records).
Who is on the side of truth, and who is a pretentious overpaid administrator, sucking off the sugar tit of UO student tuition money? (Huey Long/Willie Stark, as reported in the American Quarterly, 1968.)
I don’t know. I just report the facts. Read both, and decide for yourself:
Scott Jaschik has the data, at InsideHigherEd. UO’s administrative salaries look pretty generous in comparison to other public PhD granting schools – and that’s not counting the golden parachute deals UO hands out like popcorn. At many public universities these are illegal. Bob Berdahl got in quite a bit of trouble for his at UC-Berkeley, and at NC State and Maryland, administrators had to pay them back, after the legislatures found out about them from ever helpful higher-ed reporters.
And this just in from a helpful reader (in the comments):
Yes, this is the average, but these averages make the UO look pretty good, especially in light of Uncle Bernie always saying we have some awesome retirement and healthcare plans as well added to the top of these base salaries, but perhaps everyone does.
Here are a few comparisons.
The Athletic director average is $238K where the UO seems to pay about $470K
The average for chief enrollment management is $170 and UO pays $240
The average for chief research officer is $247K and the UO pays $305K
The average for chief finance is $231K and the UO pays $281K
The average for president is $425K and we have $455K.
The average for provost is $302K and our new Provost will be at about $360K.
The head football coach is $1.8M for UO.