The Impact of the Federal Crackdown of Foreign Influence on U.S. Universities

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Miranda Bannister

The United States Department of Education recently initiated investigations of Georgetown, Texas A&M, Cornell, and Rutgers.  The Education Department bulletin has requested information on the schools’ reporting of foreign contributions, on the basis of Section 117 of the Higher Education Act.  This move, unprecedented for the Education Department, accompanies a number of measures taken by government agencies in recent years to curb foreign influence on American universities.  Foremost amongst these are recent efforts from Congress and the Department of Defense to rid American campuses of Confucius Institutes—Chinese language and cultural institutions funded by the Chinese government.