Stick with the sports pages, and the University of Oregon is a school with a national reputation--AND a cute, one-of-a-kind duck mascot.
But behind the duck and the flashy Nike uniforms is a university, one with challenges typical of public higher education in our time.
Chronicle of Higher Education Senior Reporter Jack Stipling lays out the challenges in a recent article, "An Academic Reputation at Risk."
His work gives a history lesson, a state-of-the-university assessment, and views to the future from key UO players.
Jack Stripling joins us to talk about his work.