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Report Card 2008

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Endowment Transparency

Overview

The Endowment Transparency category looks at how colleges control information about endowment investment holdings and shareholder proxy voting records. In accordance with the academic tradition of fostering a free flow of information, universities 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 a wider audience, and for the ease with which they make this information available.

 

Key Findings

  • Almost a quarter of schools make lists of endowment holdings available to the campus community. Members of the school community can obtain a list of endowment holdings at 23 percent of schools.

 

  • Fifteen percent of schools make proxy voting records available to the campus community.

 

  • The average grade for the Endowment Transparency category was "D." For a full account of school performance by grade, please refer to the chart on the next page.

 

 

Grade Distribution

 

Almost a quarter of schools make lists of endowment holdings available to the campus community.
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