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Who Should Govern Oregon Universities?

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Update Friday, April 12: University of Oregon president, Michael Gottfredson, testified before the Senate Committee on Education and Workforce Development yesterday that the University of Oregon (and its foundation) do support the idea of faculty members being on the governing board.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Oregon universities to create their own independent governing boards, rather than answering to the State Board of Higher Education. University of Oregon and Portland State University have already said they’re eager to try this new model, but others in the system are happy with the current form of governance.

The bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law. Negotiations recently got more complicated due to some opposition from the University of Oregon Foundation. The UO’s fundraising arm doesn’t want independent governing boards to include faculty and staff.

Are you a student, faculty or staff member at an Oregon university? Did you graduate from one of Oregon’s universities? Who should be in charge of governing schools in the Oregon University System?


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