UO’s Institutional Research unleashes new website

I know what you’re thinking: Johnson Hall is going to start making decisions based on data? That would be news. Last time we checked in Provost Jim Bean didn’t even know how to calculate a percentage. But if they ever want to, they can now get slightly more info, in much prettier form:

Sent on behalf of JP Monroe—

Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Institutional Research has taken a big step forward in providing information and analytical tools to the campus community. Based on consultation with our partners on campus, we have developed new ways of turning data into information that you can use.

Our redesigned web site (http://ir.uoregon.edu/) provides a wealth of information about our students, personnel, and institution using interactive dashboards. These new tools are designed as a resource for users to quickly and easily obtain University and School / College level data.

On the site, you’ll find new information about University of Oregon’s degree recipients, results from the One Year Later Survey of our recent graduates, and new ways to examine trends in faculty and staff. Over the next year, we plan to expand and enhance the tools you’ll find on the site. If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for future development, please let us know.

JP Monroe, Ph.D.
Director | Office of Institutional Research
1242 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR 97403
(p) 541.346.2085

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Freyd releases the rape survey the UO administration tried to stop


Back in May, Jennifer Freyd, Carol Stabile, and the others in the rag-tag UO Coalition to End Sexual Violence were reduced to yelling at the Johnson Hall administration with a megaphone:

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Now president Mike Gottfredson is gone. General Counsel Randy Geller is gone. Rumor has it that VPFA Robin Holmes will soon be spending more time with her family too – and I don’t mean on bowl game junkets.

Scott Coltrane is now in charge, and apparently he doesn’t care much for what Gottfredson and his predecessor Bob Berdahl have been telling him about how to just paper this all over. In 2 months UO has gone from having a president who tried to hide rape allegations from our students, to having results from a well designed, credible survey documenting the extent of the campus problem and showing where to focus efforts to fix it.

So now Freyd and Stabile, and the UO Senate Task Force, are UO’s most credible voices on how UO will move forward to address sexual violence. They made this happen through their own sustained hard work, and some very effective networking. What an impressive demonstration of political effectiveness for an important cause.

News reports:

Josephine Woolington in the RG: “What we learned today is simply unacceptable and unconscionable,” said professor Robert Kyr, a task force member and University Senate president.

Steve Duin in the Oregonian: One in 10 female students at University of Oregon tell researchers they have been raped at college.

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9/30/2014: Live Blog: Usual disclaimer, my opinions of what people said or meant, nothing is a quote unless in quotes. The website for the UO Senate Task Force that Freyd sits on is here. For contrast, the various misadventures of the UO administration’s own secretive “review panel” are chronicled here, and the basketball rape allegation and coverup posts are here.

Preliminary results from Freyd survey. This is the survey that Mike Gottfredson and Robin Holmes tried to stop. Full slides can be downloaded here. Here are the main results:

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Do the math: With 10,600 female UO undergraduates, this means 1000 of them have been raped while they were UO students. More if you count oral sex. About 300 incoming freshman will be raped at UO this year. 75% of the time by an acquaintance. 10% of the time at a fraternity.

Meeting: Full room and agenda. Carol Stabile chairs. Jennifer Freyd’s presentation will be at 1:50(?) or so.

David Espinosa (Testing Center) starts off talking about underreporting, effects of mandatory reporting. Lots of talk about the many disincentives for reporting. Bruce McAllister (Ombud) talks about the benefits of confidential reporting as an alternative. Give victim a menu of options on how they want to report.

Stabile reports on her and Kyr’s meeting with Sam Hill and Doug Park from the GC’s office. “We were told that the mandatory reporting comes from an OAR from the 1970s.” Kyr: OAR’s are now in temporary status because of the new BOT, they can be changed. Notes that the BOT has reserved control of student conduct for themselves. (Under the delegation of authority that Susan Gary hid from us).

McCallister: OCR says mandatory reporters must have authority. At UO, they don’t. So we’re out of compliance. (Mandatory reporting for all UO employees was Gottfredson’s first action as UO President. Whoops.)

Espinosa to Kyr: How did Hill and Park explain the requirement to you? Kyr: They didn’t show us documentation. Stabile: OAR’s are selectively enforced.

McCallister: UO is not following best practices on this.

Stabile: Concerned that confidential reporting is “where reports go to be hidden”. (As Gottfredson did.)

McCallister: Important that de-identified and aggregate data be reported (I assume he means to Clery).

Stabile: Timeline for action on changing this? Kyr: Chuck Triplett is in charge.

Bonine: President has authority to change these, should go through Senate first, can be quick.

1:54PM Jennifer Freyd: Preliminary results from her Campus Climate Survey
Can be downloaded here.

Freyd talks about the twisted politics of these surveys. Researchers, consultants, White House, administrators all want a piece of this. AAU is worried: https://president.uoregon.edu/sites/president2.wc-sites.uoregon.edu/files/field/image/aau_presidents_report.pdf

On to the presentation: (Sorry, I didn’t live blog this. See the slides above.)

9/29/2014: No, I don’t mean the well paid, secretive, lying, and remarkably incurious “Presidents Review Panel”, which now apparently can’t even bear to use variants of the word “sex” in their official name. See below.

I mean the all-volunteer UO Senate’s Task Force on Sexual Violence, which meets this Tuesday September 30, 1-3PM, 403 Ford Alumni Center, in public. Should be an interesting one.

And for contrast, here’s the administration’s newly renamed “President’s Review Panel” webpage:

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The older, more honest, pre-Orwell page calling it the “Review Panel on Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response”:

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Ducks paid baby-sitter rapist $4,000 for football sex assault prevention talk

9/30/2014: Now with a report from KATU News. UO’s well-paid PR flacks Craig Pintens and Tobin Klinger were apparently not willing to talk about this one on camera:

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928/2014: It is, of course, common for repentant criminals to give “scared straight” talks about how their bad choices ruined their lives. But is a $4K payment for a keynote talk on sexual assault prevention really an appropriate consequence for trying to rape your daughters’ babysitter, in your house, while your kids are asleep? (Apparently he pled it down to sexual battery). And is Adam Ritz really the best poster-child for the athletic department to trot out? The AD’s accounting of their Sexual Violence Prevention programs is here. It’s pretty thin, as Coach Altman has admitted. Here’s one example – motivational speaker Adam Ritz:

“Keynote speaker for Football. Contractor to provide Alcohol Awareness/Sexual Assualt (sic) Decision Making. May 8, 2013″

Mr Ritz’s mug-shot:

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Adam Ritz’s contract with the Ducks (the pdf includes contracts for other “sexual assault prevention speakers” Elaine Pasqua, Tony Dungy and Lee Gordon):

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More links on Mr. Ritz, who appears to be making quite a good living from this:


From one article:

A good, or perhaps I should say bad example of this common mistake occurred at Minnesota State University, Mankato last month. The school paid Adam Ritz $2500 to speak to the students about the dangers of drinking. The event was sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, a fraternity and Men Against Violence. The Women’s Center expressed its opposition to the presentation but was ignored by these organizations including Men Against Violence which claims to be an ally of the Women’s Center.

Adam Ritz is a former local media personality. He is also a convicted sex offender. He reveals this as part of his presentation, but only towards the end. Mr. Ritz came home and attempted to rape the young woman who was baby-sitting his children. He was convicted, but served only six months and is on the sex offender list for his crime. His presentation sparked a controversy on campus that has spread throughout the country. A Facebook page was created to protest the decision to invite him to the school. Rather than treating the student body with a modicum of respect and addressing these concerns Mr. Ritz and the organizers of the program made many mistakes and I would like to look at them in hopes they can be avoided in the future.

Accordingly when the Women’s Center objected to the program with Adam Ritz, the male organizations should have recognized the Women’s Center as the experts on campus and stopped the program. Even better they should have consulted with the Women’s Center before scheduling Adam Ritz. It is unsurprising that they didn’t because they were exercising their privilege. Maya Angelou, the poet, says when people show you who they really are, believe them.

The many egregious, inappropriate and downright hurtful statements made by Adam Ritz illustrates why it is a bad idea to have perpetrators of sexist or other crimes based upon oppression speak to these issues.

A very bad idea. But worse than Tom Hart’s Russian motorcycle prostitutes powerpoint? Hard to say.

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Where are Mike Gottfredson and Bob Berdahl on the rape allegations now?

We all know Mike’s $940K richer, and that he’s technically on the books at UC-Irvine as a Criminology professor for $240K a year. But what’s he really doing?

My guess is that he’s topping off that $240K with some serious AAU money – in the spirit of his mentor Bob Berdahl – to help develop the AAU’s new “Campus Climate” survey on sexual assault. This apparently became an AAU priority at their meeting in April, a month or so after Gottfredson (and Berdahl?) learned of the UO basketball rape allegations.

Frankly, it’s hard to imagine anything that would do more to destroy the AAU’s credibility on this issue than getting Gottfredson and Berdahl involved. But here’s the report from AAU President Hunter Rawlings, apparently posted by mistake on Gottfredson’s website, here: (Yes, the yellow hilites are in the original.)

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Scott Greenstone in the ODE on UO’s freshman class

Excellent reporting. Read it all, here:

… Targeting low-income students helps diversity because minority students are statistically more likely to fall into the low-income bracket, according to Grant Schoonover, an adviser for Pathway Oregon.

“There’s a greater number of first generation and historically underrepresented students in that cross-section,” Schoonover said.

Students who qualify for Pathway Oregon get a promise from the university that any tuition and fees the federal Pell grant and state grants don’t cover, the UO will absorb.

… But much of this change in diversity could simply be because high schools are getting more diverse, says Peace Bransberger, a research analyst for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

“If you look at the simple view, you’ll see that even from 2005… entering classes of students are more diverse,” Bransberger said.

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John Krakauer gets Montana football rape documents

The Student Press Law Center has the story, here:

Krakauer, author of “Into the Wild” and “Under the Banner of Heaven,” is working on a book about sexual assaults at universities and was seeking information about the 2012 case involving the university’s quarterback, Jordan Johnson.

According to the Helena District Court ruling on Thursday, the university must release the records to Krakauer — with redactions to the player’s name, birth date, social security number, address and phone number — within 21 days.

The court rejected the sort of FERPA claim that UO’s Dave Hubin and Doug Park are using to redact the hell out of the UO rape allegation cover-up records.

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UO dumps Harrang, Long, Gary and Rudnick for latest Ed School lawsuit

One of the more amusing parts of last year’s union bargaining was watching HLGR’s Sharon Rudnick try to get her head around intellectual property issues. The UO faculty negotiators and David Cecil (UAUO) and Mike Mauer (AAUP) did their best to give her an education while she charged UO $300 an hour, but there’s only so much teachers can do, and apparently it didn’t stick.

Diane Dietz has a summary of the latest UO Education School IP case, in the RG here. UO has taken a pass on HLGR and its team of IP attorneys, and is instead being represented by the Seattle firm of Betts, Patterson, and Mines. And it’s looking like quite the hit to Harrang’s billable hours:

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Docket info courtesy of Carl Malamud’s RECAP, here:

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Interim President Scott Coltrane demands respect from faculty

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Mike Gottfredson wanted respect too. So he got Doug Blandy and Tim Gleason to demand that the faculty union CBA included a clause requiring that the faculty respect him. Then he had Blandy and Gleason and Randy Geller write this “open letter”, attacking me for blogging about him without due deference. Neither attempt worked out very well for our former President.

Scott Coltrane’s approach is a little different. From next week’s official schedule:

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This is basic good management stuff. It’s a testament to how long it’s been since we had common sense in Johnson Hall that it seems so extraordinary. And it works for me. You’ve commanded my respect, President Coltrane.

I’m not ready to shut down UO Matters, but its popularity depends on the river of lies, avarice, and mismanagement that’s come out of UO’s senior administration for so long. If that dries up, no one will bother to read this blog. Except Jim Bean and Lorraine Davis. They’ll be here forever. And faithful UO M reader and new UO Faculty Athletics Representative Tim Gleason, of course.

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Has Coltrane fired Sharon Rudnick and Frohnmayer’s HLGR law firm?

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UO’s chief lawyer Doug Park accused me of harassment, because I cced him on an email asking the PR Office what the hold up was releasing these accounting statements, showing UO’s legal and consulting expenditures.

So last week I filed a petition with the Lane County DA, asking her to order UO to release the docs. Park then wrote a long letter of complaint to the DA, accusing me of asking too many questions, and saying that these docs, which take a few minutes to run, wouldn’t be ready until October. Actually, he pretended that UO Public Records Officer Lisa Thornton had written the letter. Really? Man up Doug.

Anyway, Ms Thornton’s PR Office sent the banner reports today, no charge. UO has spent ~$1.4M on consultants since Jan 1 2013, and ~$600K on outside legal help since June 1 2014. ($120K of that is for the lawyers ASUO hires to help students in trouble). Full file here.

Unless Park and Hubin have figured out a new way to hide this info, it looks like HLGR’s UO gravy train has ended. After charging UO $67K in June, there’s nothing for July or August, or September so far:

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Another $35M to $100M for sports pork, bribes?

The jocks don’t even have the goddam common decency to give the academic side a reach-around, and pay off the Matt Court land and Jaqua tutoring first. Chris Hansen has the report in the RG on the latest duck-pork, here:

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TrackTown USA’s bold attempt to bring the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships to Hayward Field was formally sealed today when USA Track & Field officially submitted a bid to the International Association of Athletics Federation.

… Lananna would not reveal the exact details of the bid, including the potential cost to host the event, though he said that, since 1983, successful bids have cost anywhere from $35 million to $100 million.

… A major remodel of the 93-year-old stadium would seem to be implied with a successful bid.

“We’ve been planning an upgrade to Hayward for a long time,” Lananna said. “This is not new. It’s something we’ve been working on for almost three years now. So we’ve done the necessary steps to begin the project as soon as we get to the day we need to make that decision.”

UO is paying Lananna $200K cash ($290K at a 0.69 FTE), plus $234K in some sort of special retirement fund, plus a car. The car is a big deal with the jocks, they all want UO to make their car payments for them. They used to make us pay for their cell phones too, until they realized that meant their call logs were public records. Whoops. Now it’s “thanks, but no phone, just a car, really”:

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It’s not clear how much money Lananna will need for bribes:

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Lamine Diack, the powerful president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is being investigated by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) ethics commission for allegedly taking bribes from a Swiss company when it had the exclusive marketing contract for the IAAF Championships.

Despite the inquiry, Mr Diack has kept his position with the IAAF, which will announce in Monaco on Friday whether London will be awarded the 2017 World Championships. London’s rival is Doha, capital of Qatar.

… Mr Diack, a member of the IOC, did not respond to questions from The Independent on Sunday. When asked on film about the allegations, at a London hotel earlier this year, Mr Diack declined to comment and ran off.

But the fact that Qatar is more transparent than the UO Board of Trustees, which kicked RG reporter Diane Dietz and me out of their secret meeting with Lananna, is noteworthy:

While Lananna was keeping details close to the vest, the Qatar Athletics Association was unveiling part of its plans to win the bidding war.

In a story on SportsBusiness.com, Doha officials announced plans to build a 35-acre mixed-use development known as “Athletics City” that would include 5-star apartments, hotels, retail shops, restaurants and a “full range of luxury leisure and entertainment facilities,” located 20 minutes away from Khalifa International Stadium, site of the 2006 Asian Games.

Mr. Diack’s term ends next year, when he’ll be replaced by Lord Coe, who got the job because he brought in $300M from the Japanese. And you thought the NCAA was a cesspool:

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Doug Blandy switches sides on union

9/25/2014 update:The faculty union had lunch today with the new faculty hires. They were in the middle of their orientation, which ends tonight with a BBQ in the Alumni Center. I remember Frohnmayer used to invite the new faculty to McMorran house – not sure when that tradition ended. Anyway, from what I could tell most of the new faculty signed cards, and they reported that the administrators who had talked to them – Barbara Altman, Ken Doxsee, and Doug Blandy – were uniformly positive about the union’s influence on UO. Blandy even sat there at the table as the union reps collected cards from the new hires. Quite the switch from last year:

10/17/2013: Plenty of water in Gottfredson’s well – for Jim Bean

At the faculty union bargaining session on 9/6/2013, the UO administration’s chief negotiator and famed tobacco company lawyer Sharon Rudnick presented President Gottfredson’s final offer on faculty salaries, saying

“The well is dry. Hear me please. The well is dry. This is an incredibly rich offer.”

UO’s VPAA Doug Blandy sat there, nodding his head. Two weeks later the union bargaining team accepted it.

Why was the well so dry? In part because, just a week before, Blandy had signed off on this contract with former interim Provost Jim Bean, guaranteeing Bean about $1M in salary and benefits over the next three years. Dave Hubin’s public records office sat on this request for a month, until after the faculty had ratified the CBA. How’s that for good faith bargaining?

That’s on top of Bean’s odd 2010 sabbatical, and what we paid him after the Senate forced him out in February.

Bean’s new job is Associate Dean for “Experiential Learning” at the LCB. A newly created position. Sounds like a great idea – undergrad internships and so on. You might think there’d have been a job posting and an open, Affirmative Action compliant search for an important, well paid job like this – especially given UO’s troubled history with these administrative golden parachute appointments. I’ve got a public records request in. We’ll see how much Dave Hubin tries to charge for the documents.

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