Friday, November 7, 2014

(Non) Peer Review

Inside Higher Ed
November 7th, 2014

It's not every day that a university president shares concerns with the public about a faculty study. And in Nevada, some are wondering whether doing so is appropriate, especially following complaints in private communications with business leaders.
The issue is attracting attention after a local news station last week published emails from August between top-level administrators at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and casino executives, who criticized a study on a proposed margin tax. Two of the emails imply that donations to the university could be put in jeopardy because of the study.
“Given how this tax will impact our business, I guess I can put off trying to find ways to support the various ‘asks’ from the university…” one email from Kevin Smith, CEO of Boyd Gaming, said.

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