Academic Capture

This page contains materials relating to the academic capture of institutions of higher education by financial donors. Just as regulatory capture contributes to crony capitalism, academic capture contributes to crony philanthropy. Crony philanthropy undermines the ability of our institutions of higher education to promote the public good.


"Pursuers of Truth or Peddlers of Influence?" September 21, 2018 op-ed by David Rapach and Bonnie Wilson in ProMarket, the blog of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business [link (9/26/2018) to op-ed in Mark Thoma's Economist's View blog]

Supporting materials for the third paragraph of the op-ed

August 31, 2018 email message from David Rapach with notes the Dean agrees accurately reflect discussions at meetings [August 24, 2018: Dean indicates that Mr. Sinquefield will play a role in selecting the director and that faculty will have no effective input in the selection process; August 27, 2018: Dean says that the director has already been selected.]

September 13, 2018 email message from Acting Provost [Acting Provost says, "The donors will provide final approval for requests to the Sinquefield fund."]

Supporting materials for the penultimate paragraph of the op-ed

Saint Louis University Gift Acceptance Policy (July 1, 2018) [The policy states that "the donor is not entitled to quid pro quo expectations" (p. 3).]

Higher Learning Commission Criteria for Accreditation (CRRT.B.10.010) [see Criterion 2. Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct]


"How Academic Corruption Works," October 7, 2018 essay by Lawrence Lessig in the Chronicle of Higher Education [This sharp essay includes the following warning: "As universities and research departments seek new sources of revenue, they must remember that these sources come with strings, however carefully they are crafted to seem invisible. These strings pull at us, and if we build our institutions to allow them to attach, they will affect us and our work."]


Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, by Anand Giridharadas [This book argues that philanthropic efforts by elites often do more harm than good.]


Saint Louis University - Sinquefield Gift

August 28, 2018 memo by David Rapach and Bonnie Wilson

August 29, 2018 story by Jacob Barker in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

September 4, 2018 memo by David Rapach and Bonnie Wilson

September 6, 2018 story by Savannah Seyer in The University News

September 9, 2018 statement on honoring donors but noting that donors should not participate in "hiring, evaluation, or promotion of employees," signed by 70 Saint Louis University faculty members

September 15, 2018 story by Mike Scutari in Inside Philanthropy

September 18, 2018 story by Nassim Benchaabane in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Remarks by David Rapach at the September 18, 2018 Faculty Senate meeting

Motion made by Nitish Singh and passed by the Faculty Senate at its September 18, 2018 meeting

September 18, 2018 email message from Bonnie Wilson to the Vice President for Research, Dean, and Acting Provost with information on centers and institutes at Saint Louis University

September 19, 2018 story by Nassim Benchaabane in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

September 19, 2018 "Quick Takes" by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed

Department of Economics 2007 proposal for a "Center for Economic Policy Analysis" [attachment to September 27, 2018 email message from David Rapach and Bonnie Wilson to the Vice President for Research with history of discussions between Mr. Sinquefield, the Business School, and the Department of Economics]

October 8, 2018 story by Marjorie Valbrun in Inside Higher Ed


George Mason University

May 4, 2018 story by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press in The Christian Science Monitor

May 5, 2018 story by Erica L. Green and Stephanie Saul in the New York Times

July 25, 2018 story by Colleen Flaherty in Inside Higher Ed

September 19, 2018 story by David Dayen in The Intercept

September 22, 2018 story by David Dayen in The Intercept

October 9, 2018 Report of the Review of Gift Agreements

October 10, 2018 story by Sarah Larimer in the Washington Post


University of California, Irvine

September 22, 2017 column by Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times


Case Western Reserve University

October 27, 2017 story by Liam Adams in The Chronicle of Higher Education


UNLV

March 19, 2018 story by Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed


University of Kansas

September 21, 2015 story by Seth Shulman in the Huffington Post


University of Utah

July 25, 2017 column by Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times


Catholic University

October 4, 2018 story by John Gehring in Commonweal [William Barbieri's quotes in the twelfth paragraph are especially trenchant.]


Carleton University

May 9, 2018 story by Bruce Cheadle in The Globe and Mail


Western Carolina University

March 31, 2016 story by Julie Ball in the Citizen Times


Chapman University

June 11, 2018 story by Margot Roosevelt in the Mercury News

July 2, 2018 op-ed by Tom Zoellner in the Orange County Register


University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

May 12, 2014 story by George N. Schmidt in Substance News


Arizona State University

July 30, 2014 story by Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times


Oxford University

October 27, 2017 story by John Lloyd in the Financial Times


Cooking the Books?

May 22, 2017 story by Holly Hall in Inside Philanthropy

May 31, 2017 story by Holly Hall in Inside Philanthropy