Inside Higher Ed
January 14th, 2015
A tug of war is brewing at the University of Kansas. On one side the
rope are privacy protections in the name of academic freedom. On the
other, a pull for public’s right to know.
Somewhere in the center hovers the challenge of balancing competing interests of transparency and scholars’ privacy.
A Kansas student group says it wants to investigate the relationship
between a university lecturer and Charles and David Koch, who fund the
employee’s work. The group suspects Art Hall, the director of the
university's Center for Applied Economics, of being a “stealth lobbyist”
for the billionaire Koch brothers, who are known for their conservative