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Oregon University Boards Bill Hits Snag

AP | April 9, 2013 1:55 p.m. | Updated: April 9, 2013 3:36 p.m.

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The parties negotiating greater independence for Oregon’s largest universities say they’ve reached agreement on several issues in a bill at the Oregon Legislature.

But there’s been no agreement on whether faculty and staff members should be on the governing boards for the schools.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports that the University of Oregon Foundation has resisted the idea. The paper says some university representatives are concerned about having paid employees with voting rights on boards handling sensitive employment issues.

Rep. Michael Dembrow of Portland says employees bring institutional knowledge to the table.

The bill calls for one student to have a designated voting seat on each board. It says the boards would need legislative approval to raise tuition for in-state students by more than 5 percent a year.

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