Messages

03/23/2020 • President Michael Schill talks about the University of Oregon's commitment to protect and support students, and how the campus community is preparing to deliver remote education for spring term so students can continue their education and stay on track to graduation.
03/19/2020 • I want to share the latest information about the University of Oregon’s response to the coronavirus outbreak that is accelerating in Oregon and nationally.
03/16/2020 • President Michael Schill and Provost Patrick Phillips talk about changes to UO operations to protect the campus community in response to COVID-19 in a video message to campus and a special episode of the Flock Talk Podcast.
03/11/2020 • For some time now, the UO has been monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and preparing contingency plans as the virus spreads across the state of Oregon, our nation and the world. At this time, there are still no known cases of COVID-19 in Lane County, but with spring break quickly approaching, we believe it is time to enact active measures to increase social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and protect students, faculty, staff and the broader community.
03/10/2020 • I am writing today to inform you of the recommendation I intend to make to the UO Board of Trustees regarding tuition rates and mandatory student fees for the upcoming academic year. Since my last message on the topic, I have had the chance to hear directly from students at an open forum, read all 108 messages submitted via the online feedback form, and talked with representatives from a variety of campus stakeholder groups.
02/28/2020 • In the month or so since we last communicated with campus about the university’s response to the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, we have seen the outbreak spread beyond China’s Hubei Province, where it was first detected. The situation is changing day-by-day, but as of this writing, COVID-19 has now been discovered in at least 50 countries, including the United States. This may sound like a scary set of facts, but I want to assure you that the UO is doing everything we can to be prepared.
02/20/2020 • I have received recommendations from the students, faculty, and staff who comprise the Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB) and am now ready to receive campus input on an innovative guaranteed tuition model for undergraduates that deserves serious consideration. This tuition plan is a change from past practices, and I encourage the campus community to look closely at the new tuition model proposed by TFAB. I am strongly inclined to support the guaranteed tuition concept because it addresses a persistent challenge within higher education and provides real benefits to both current and future University of Oregon students.
01/13/2020 • Conversations I regularly have with students, faculty, staff, donors, and community members often go one of two very different ways. The vast majority of conversations are incredibly positive and optimistic. They are about the excitement of opening the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, hiring new faculty and academic advisors, opening new buildings and residence halls, celebrating the football team’s Rose Bowl win, or making programmatic investments in prevention science, environmental humanities, data analytics, and more. They focus on this transformational time for the university and its bright future.
12/31/2019 • It’s been eight years since our two schools (UO and UW-Madison) last met on the field at the 2012 Rose Bowl and we’ve both been eagerly anticipating the rematch. While most people will see University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Oregon as fierce gridiron competitors, off the field our faculty collaborate on work with global implications.
12/11/2019 • President Michael H. Schill presented a report entited Five Years of Institutional Governance to the UO Board of Trustees at the board's meeting on December 10, 2019. The report and slide show presentation chronicles the successes and challenges of the University of Oregon during its first five years of governance under the UO Board.