Why is the OFFICE OF DEGREE AUTHORIZATION (ODA) being sued by Kennedy Western University? See News Story: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1091534116270940.xml Basically, a law against listing an unaccredited degree on a resume is unconstitutional. Could it be because the ODA are breaking their own rules? see: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/rules/OARS_500/OAR_583/583_030.html (3) This rule applies to any school offering degrees and credits from within Oregon to recipients anywhere, and it applies to any person assisting such a school. The rule further applies to any school offering degrees and credits from outside of Oregon, in connection with learning or evaluation meant to occur within this state, if there is any person assisting the school from within this state in any way, formal or informal, and it applies to every such person assisting the school. He is a few of my thoughts. Hmmm. So schools appearing in the controversial "Oregon List" are legal outside of Oregon? Providing they do not operate in Oregon. - As a matter of practical rather than legal limitations, the rule will not be applied to a school that offers degrees or credits from outside of Oregon and is unassisted within the state, so that any concomitant learning or evaluation not occurring outside of Oregon is accomplished exclusively through private interstate communication (e.g., internet, mail, telephone, fax) in which the student acts entirely alone within this state. - Hmmmm. Again, providing they do not operate in Oregon, they are legal, and should not even appear on the list in the first place. - Some interesting facts from meetings attended by the ODA Adminstrator. Alan Contreras. Minutes from Meeting 308 Alan Contreras will report on the Office of Degree Authorization’s (ODA) major deductions stated in the Co-Chairs’ budget. Brian plans to attend the final work session and testify that the Commission needs the proposed unidentified administrative reductions of $100,000 in General Funds to pay staff in order to administer ODA programs and continue providing the same efficient level of service. - Hmmmm. Only $100,000 to send out 12 letters a year to possible unaccredited degree holders living or working in Oregon. Not a bad price. No, wait, that is just the staff wages. Let's see how much the paper, envelopes and postage cost. (for the 12 letters a year proof) see here: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1091534116270940.xml - OFFICE OF DEGREE AUTHORIZATION (ODA) ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT Elizabeth Large plans to attend the July Commission meeting to present an update on the status and final disposition of the Benton trial after the expected decision in mid-July. Alan Contreras reported on the continued misconception that a large portion of the ODA general fund budget could be reduced and replaced with a fee structure through which ODA would charge fees for the degree validation enforcement aspect. Alan communicated in a memo to the LFO that the bulk of the ODA Division costs cannot be covered by fees charged to callers reporting degree violations and will require general fund support. - Hmmmm. I thought the original idea of the ODA was to prevent possible holders of unaccredited degrees getting raises and/or costing the State of Oregon money in some way? Okay, so the ODA sends about 12 threatening letters a year. Let's just assume that all 12 had access to $1000 extra per year because of the unnaccredited degree. So that´s $12.000 saved right? - Costs include revalidation enforcement, *Alan’s wages*, support staff wages, office space, supplies, etc. Alan will outline the functions currently provided and give examples of what would be lost if the general fund appropriation is reduced and switched to a fee structure. Before final decisions are made, Brian will present this letter to the full legislature for their consideration on behalf of the entire Commission. - Hmmmm. So the State of Oregon has maybe saved $12,000 but it has cost them $88,000. Strange logic. - Alan reported a substantial increase in the degree program reviews that are fee supported. Patty asked whether other institutions besides ITT Technical Institute are increasing the number of degree programs available. Alan responded that the University of Phoenix has been adding roughly one new program a year. - Hmmmm. 1 program a year? That is $1000 to $5000 only. Still doesn't explain blowing $100,000 of taxpayers money. - Office of Degree Authorization General Fund appropriations were $232,333; expenditures were $143,936. Summary: ODA is under budget for expenditures; variance is offset by Policy and Research expenditures. Figures for Policy and Research were not included in this report but will be reported next quarter. - Hmmmm. Well that doesn't explain where the money is going. Unless they are buying their envelopes and paper from NASA or sponsoring a couple of hours of the Iraq Conflict. - Office of Degree Authorization Other Fund appropriations were $108,560; expenditures were $215,505. Summary: The increase in expenditures was due to payroll reclassifications and corrections. Revenues are above biennium budget. - Hmmmm. Has Alan given himself a healthy pay rise? May explain the figures. - Minutes From Meeting 270 Mr. Contreras reported the following:- ODA is operating within its budget, and is running ahead of schedule in program review. - Hmmmm. we have since discovered it isn't, see meeting 308 above - Mr. Contreras expects a new program proposal in two or three months from a midwife training school. Hmmmm. so we are getting our monies worth then? - Several degree validation cases have arisen, and most have been resolved. A few cases may take a year to resolve. - Hmmmm. Oh no, you mean the Oregonians need to fund this madness for even longer? Or will it end with the Kennedy-Western University court case against the ODA? When it is proved (like it was in Florida) that this whole ODA idea is swiss cheese. Full of holes. I was particularly amused by Alan Contreras'statements about bogus degrees costing the taxpayer money. The ODA, isn't costing the taxpayer, apparently. http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1091534116270940.xml Administrator of the ODA (nice job if you can get it). Thoughts please. Let's just stick to the legal facts too.