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."