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More on the Bain & Company Study

There's a new Chapel Hill News article on this study, reporting on some questions asked of Holden Thorpe about it:  http://www.chapelhillnews.com/news/story/43803.html.  He does acknowledge that there are issues regarding taking anonymous monies for such an effort.  

Some other questions, in addition to the comments posted above, are coming to mind.  Will the raw data be in the public domain?  Will meetings held in pursuing this study be open meetings, legally speaking?

University Hires Business Consulting Firm to Conduct Study

Here is the latest, Thorp's message dated February 12, 2009:  http://www.unc.edu/chan/chancellors/thorp_holden/090212-budget.php, and reproduced below. The study is to be conducted by "Bain & Company, a global business consulting firm" and "The UNC-Chapel Hill Foundation is funding the study, which is made possible through a restricted gift from a Carolina alumnus."

Some interesting research questions come up.  Can we know  how much this study is costing, who really funded it, and  its particulars (e.g. can we see a copy of the proposal the firm wrote to get this job, and the contract with them?  Is this all a matter of public record, and should people try to see it?  One can infer from use of the word "restricted" that we may never know who is behind it. Should we?


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