The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 26th, 2014
Scholars at Risk is best known for its work to help scholars
persecuted in their home countries find temporary academic positions
abroad. So Robert Quinn, the advocacy group’s director, would seem an
unlikely speaker at a meeting of accreditors.
Yet Mr. Quinn’s presence on Wednesday at the Council for Higher
Education Accreditation’s Summer Workshop is evidence of how, as more
colleges venture abroad, they must wrestle with the challenges of
extending academic freedom and other American higher-education values
overseas. Of late, several cases—including Yale University’s new joint liberal-arts college in Singapore and an incident involving Wellesley College and a partner university in China—have raised academic-freedom concerns.