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Report Card 2010

Endowment Transparency

 

Overview

The Endowment Transparency category evaluates how schools control information about endowment investment holdings and shareholder proxy voting records. In accordance with the academic tradition of fostering a free flow of information, schools are encouraged to apply similar openness to endowment investments. Access to endowment information is needed within a college community to foster constructive dialogue about opportunities for clean energy investment, as well as shareholder voting priorities. Points are awarded to schools for providing proxy voting records and lists of investment holdings to the campus community or to a wider audience, and for the ease with which they make this information available.

 

Key Findings

  • Approximately one in five schools makes lists of endowment holdings available to the campus community, and in many cases, the public. Members of the school community, and often the public, can obtain a list of endowment holdings at 18 percent of the schools.

 

  • Twelve percent of the schools make proxy voting records available to the campus community, and in many cases, the public.

 

  • The average grade for the Endowment Transparency category is ”C-.” For a summary of grade distribution for this category, please refer to the chart on the right.

 

 

                                                                            Leading by Example

 

Approximately one in five schools makes lists of endowment holdings available to the campus community, and in many cases, the public.
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