An ethical evaluation of higher ed’s endowment investments

What if we conducted an ethical evaluation of our institution’s endowment investments?

Reported by Education Dive, Georgetown University announced they will divest from fossil fuel companies within a decade.

For many institutions, their endowment investment is how they subsidize the majority of their operations. But do our institutions have an ethical responsibility for where we’re putting our endowment investments, and what this money helps fund in the world? And is it truly the ethical concern that’s causing this recent flee from fossil fuel investments across higher ed, or simply their poor investment quality as of late anyway.

The takeaway? If not already, your endowment investments will likely be put through a fine-toothed comb by the public. Can you defend them?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.