President's Updates

UO continuing to take coronavirus precautions

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.

Input sought on guaranteed tuition proposal

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.

Open Mike: Tale of Two Universities

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.

What does the Rose Bowl have to do with the future of the global internet, earthquakes and wildfires?

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.

Five Years of Institutional Governance

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.

Open Mike: DACA, immigration, and higher education

11/08/2019 • Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is important to the University of Oregon because for students on our campus, and at other universities across the country, DACA helps provide a path to higher education and a better life.

UO Board Summit lunch remarks

10/25/2019 • President Michael H. Schill delivered the following remarks at the UO Board Summit lunch, a gathering of several hundred UO school, college, and unit volunteers and donors.

Open Mike: Campus culture principles

10/10/2019 • A few weeks ago, UO’s new Provost Patrick Phillips and I took a walk around campus and talked about some of the things we are both looking forward to at the start of a new academic year.

President's Fall Welcome

10/03/2019 • I am delighted to welcome all of you—students, faculty, and staff—to fall term at the University of Oregon. The start of an academic year always holds the promise of renewal and a fresh start, of making discoveries and insights, creating and re-establishing meaningful connections and friendships, and charting a new course for excellence and success.

Naming recommendation for the Black Cultural Center

08/27/2019 • It is a privilege to have the opportunity to name a building on the University of Oregon campus. The honor of naming the UO’s new Black Cultural Center (BCC) becomes even more significant knowing that it will be a place dedicated to student success and transformation, cultural understanding and historical education, and a source of inspiration for many generations to come.