How transparent is your university?
In making journalistic rounds, I’m struck by odd streaks of secretiveness in the operations of some institutions of higher education. But why should they unveil their operations and dealings to the campus community and, even worse, to outsiders?
Answer: Because, wisely or not, we put a great deal of faith in universities. We trust them with our children and huge sums of personal and public money. Even private universities are public in the sense that they depend heavily on public support — financial, political, and spiritual. In addition, we rely on specialists from universities to advise the government and the public on health, national security, economics, and other crucial issues. So it’s important for universities to make clear their loyalties, obligations, debts, connections, values, and interests. That’s transparency. [completo]Las universidades deben ser transparentes porque tienen demasiada importancia. Saber de quién reciben dinero, cómo lo gastan, qué hacen con él, cómo lo invierten. Su misión es demasiado importante como para quedar en manos de ellas mismas.