It has been a debate for a while about the comparison between the athletic and academic donation funding at University of Oregon. It is no secret that the funding for the athletic department surpasses the academic department by an extreme amount. However, a concern of a lot of professors and students is if this is going to affect the University’s academics.
If the University is only focusing on our athletic department, we are missing out on funding for classrooms and scholarship options. It is hard to have incentive to give to the academic department when the athletic department has so many more perks to offer to donors.
In the Daily Emerald it points out that donations are now looked at as transactions, an exchange between a donor; a perk that the department has to offer. The academic department has the perks, such as game tickets, that are a high commodity with non-alumni, especially when we have as successful football team as we do right now.
Due to the fact that Oregon has gone to great lengths to make their donation profile private, it makes finding the exact donation history hard to come across. We do know however that academic donations have increased threefold compared to academic which have only gone up 12 percent from the previous year.