Monday, November 07, 2005

Source of Financial Information Revealed

It has come to our attention that interested parties want to know who is providing us with the University of Dubuque's financial information, which we have been posting on What Wendt Wrong.

Although we will continue to stand behind our own anonymity, and while we implore UD administrators to not hold our informant accountable for any of the content of this site, we have nevertheless decided to release our source.

Thank you,
The Editors


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha ha ha. that's great! Way to use a search engine. Where did they think you were getting the information? Hello!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The University of Dubuque should take some pride in the creation of this site and the ongoing dialogue herein. While the editors do not disclose their identity on the site itself, many people say in the comments that they are former students of Dr. Jeffries. It is reasonable to assume that anyone who claims to be one of Dr. Jeffries' former students is a student of religion and philosophy. That is, after all, what he taught. Following this line of thinking, what I have learned is never to underestimate the resourcefulness of committed philosophy students.

This resourcefulness might be due, in part, to the technology access students have (or had, in the case of former students) on campus. In addition to the required intro to computers course, in my time at UD, I had several "workshops" in the library computer lab on using technology for academic research. The focus of those workshops was effective search techniques and evaluation of the reliability of an internet document. I would think the University would be proud to have among its students and former students effective problem-solvers who can find and analyze information using computer technology and then express that analysis clearly in writing.

I almost hesitate to say this, however, for FEAR that the University may also act in FEAR and deprive its current and future students of learning these very tools of research, analysis, and communication. The ball started rolling in that direction when the University eliminated the ethicist from the faculty. Current and future students have lost the person on campus whose academic background is in ethics and morality (which is certainly not to say that other faculty aren't equally "moral" people). Let us hope these current and future students don't also lose the people responsible for teaching good research and communication skills, too.

I understand the frustration expressed by students and the dedication of the editors of this site to be a clear indication that the University of Dubuque is important enough to be worth putting in the time and energy for the research. I, for one, certainly don't want to see the University of Dubuque or its faculty, staff, students, alumni hurt by this dialogue. I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I can't imagine Dr. Jeffries or other members of the University of Dubuque community harboring such mal intent either. I, for one, simply want to help protect the quality of education that I so cherish that suddenly seems in peril.

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the financial information on this site from public documents? It doesn't take a rocket scientist, of philosopher for that matter, to track down public documents.

I "practice" giving to charitable organizations as an expression of my faith. I am by no means a wealthy person, but I firmly believe that each of us can make a small difference in this world.

Before I give, I do my research: is my money going to reach the greatest need? One way to answer this question is to read the publicly available documentation on the organization. Many non-profit organizations make it abundantly clear that these documents are available for review. Both Compassion International and the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation even make these documents available on their own websites. It's not a huge leap to assume that a University would have similar information available for public review.

Compassion International's information for donors:

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation's information for donors:

10:57 AM  

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