On the Importance of Transparency and the Relentless Pursuit of Knowledge in the Sandusky Affair--Governance in a New Era
The longer I serve as Chair of the Penn State University Senate the more convinced I am of the importance of transparency. And I do not mean the simpleminded sloganeering that passes for transparency among administrators eager to sound good but change none of their habits, or of faculty who like the word as a fetish but fail to embrace the obligations inherent in the concept. I mean transparency in its two forms: engagement transparency and communicative transparency. The former requires the production and dissemination of information necessary for key stakeholders to fully participate in shared governance. The latter requires the publication of information that clearly provides information justifying or explaining actions taken.