Thursday, January 25, 2007

Universities Having Trouble Walking Their Talk

"Pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV, and you can probably find a college professor opining on something - global warming, food security, poverty, you name it. But it isn't so easy to find anyone willing to opine on a college or university's practices in those same areas.

Or at least, it wasn't that easy until Mark Orlowski came along. Orlowski founded the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a Cambridge-based not-for-profit that is a special project fund of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Institute has just released an in-depth report called the College Sustainability Report Card that looks at the policies and procedures of 100 leading colleges and universities which hold more than $258 billion, or 75 percent of all higher education investments.

The report aims to shine a light on the one part of a higher education institution's practices that aren't already scrutinized. After all, you can find plenty of statistics on academic achievement and financial aid. But as the report notes, "the focus has not been on how schools, as institutions, manage their resources.'"

You can read the full article here.

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