Thursday, June 26, 2014

Accreditors Are Urged to Help Safeguard Academic Freedom Abroad

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.

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