Monday, September 26, 2016

Daniel Bernstine, president of PSU for 10 year, dies at age 69

Daniel O. Bernstine, who was president of Portland State University during its period of exponential growth in the early 2000s, died last week. He was 69.
Bernstine was president of PSU from 1997 to 2007. During his 10-year tenure, the university brought in $114 million in donations, opened the Urban Studies Center, and added significant student housing to the downtown Portland campus. The student body also grew significantly, topping 25,000 in enrollment for the first time.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Portland State University Trustee Wants Out of Donald Trump’s Fundraiser

The Willamette Weekly
By Aaron Mesh
August 8, 2016

Portland private equity investor and Portland State University trustee Peter Stott says the organizers of a Seattle fundraiser for Donald J. Trump listed him as an event host without getting his approval.

Like the other two Portland businessmen listed as hosts for the Republican nominee's visit, Stott wants off the invitation for the Aug. 30 event.

"While I have been a longtime supporter of Republican candidates and causes, I have no role in the Trump campaign and did not approve the use of my name in conjunction with any Trump campaign event in Seattle," Stott tells WW in a statement.

"I have requested that the campaign and Republican Party correct their records," Stott says, "and remove my name from any invitations or other materials."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel to Retire Next Year

Willamette Weekly
By Rachel Monahan
July 27, 2016

Portland State University president Wim Wiewel announced today that he is stepping down next spring.

Citing his age and a desire to "pursue some other interests," Wiewel, 66, is leaving after nine years at the helm.

The announcement comes less than three months after Wiewel withdrew a controversial ballot measure that would have instituted a payroll tax on metro-area businesses to raise money for the university.

Donors to the university had criticized Wiewel's decision to push for the measure, particularly after $275,000 of the foundation money was used for the campaign.

Peter Nickerson, chair of the PSU Board of Trustees, praised Wiewel's vision.

"The contributions that Wim has made both to Portland State and the Portland community have been immeasurable," says Nickerson. "In my experience with Wim in my role as trustee, I've seen him be ahead of the curve on every major issue. Whether it was in developing a strategic plan, enhancing campus safety or working to create more scholarships for students, Wim was leading us."

Wiewel says he will take a year off, then return to teaching at PSU.

"I will take a year's sabbatical, then return as faculty in the College of Urban and Public Affairs," Wiewel tweeted. "The search for my replacement begins now."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

AAUP Summer Institute comes to PSU!

PSU-AAUP will host the national Summer Institute conference here at Portland State University July 21st through July 24th. The conference is dedicated to helping individuals develop the skills as an advocate for AAUP principles, collective bargaining, and higher education.

Check out the Summer Institute program.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Portland State awarded $515k grant from APLU to improve undergraduate student success

The Oregonian
By John Kirkland
July 14, 2016

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that PSU is one of seven institutions selected as participants in a three-year project that seeks to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of high-quality adaptive courseware. 

PSU will receive $515,000 as part of a grant program to adopt, implement and scale use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment, blended learning courses in multiple departments and programs to improve student success. 

"We are excited about receiving this grant as it offers us an opportunity to creatively use cutting edge technology to personalize student learning, improve outcomes and reduce textbook costs," said ​Sukhwant Jhaj, PSU's Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and Student Success, who is principal investigator (PI) for this grant. The grant will be housed in Office​ ​of Academic Innovation under the direction of Johannes De Gruyter, Co-PI and Executive Director of Office of Academic Innovation.​

APLU's Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) is awarding the grants, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is overseeing the initiative. APLU intends to use its national network to work to scale the most promising findings and practices of the seven grantees to help its more than 200 public university members across the country better meet the general education needs of today's undergraduate students.   

"Public research universities are being asked to educate more students and effectively prepare them for the workforce and society at the same time they continue to face reduced state and local funding," APLU President Peter McPherson said. "The seven public research institutions leading this effort are well-positioned to adopt and scale use of innovative learning technologies that can improve the delivery of public higher education as we know it. We are eager to assist and foster their development of what will certainly be promising approaches to faculty engagement with adaptive courseware and improving learning outcomes for all students."  

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New PSU business dean, again

The Portland Tribune
Written by Pamplin Media Group
June 21, 2016

Portland State University announced last week the appointment of Cliff Allen as the new dean of the School of Business Administration.

Allen comes on during a huge expansion project that will triple the size of the building by September 2017.

The new dean was hired internally, having started at PSU in 2008 as an assistant professor. Most recently, as associate dean of graduate programs, he began and led several programs, including Global Supply Chain Management, a top-rated business school graduate program. Allen worked in the private sector as a supply chain specialist.

He succeeds Dan Connolly, who began only a year ago. Connolly resigned without explanation, according to the Portland Business Journal.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Portland State U President Slams ‘Divisive and Ill-Informed’ BDS Divestment Resolution

The Algemeiner
By Lea Speyer
June 6, 2016

The upcoming Portland State University (PSU) student government vote on Monday over divestment from companies doing business with the Israeli military is “divisive and ill-informed,” the school’s president warned in a statement on Thursday ahead of the vote.

President Wim Wiewel came out against the Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU) International Affairs Committee-sponsored resolution, which follows recommendations from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to cut ties with Israeli companies that “have been found to profit from human rights violations against Palestinian civilians by the Israeli government.” The resolution — which was officially set for a vote following a May 23 debate — names four companies that “deny Palestinians basic civil rights:” HP, Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar and G4S.

Wiewel issued his statement in response to concerns raised by Hillel International President Eric Fingerhut. In a letter sent to Weiwel on Wednesday and obtained by The Algemeiner, Fingerhut expressed his deep concern for the increasingly hostile environment Jewish and pro-Israel students at PSU are facing. Alongside antisemitic acts at PSU – such as two separate instances of Nazi swastikas being carved on dormitories — Fingerhut warned the “atmosphere [at PSU] will likely be exacerbated by the introduction of the anti-Israel divestment resolution.”