China’s Attempt to Buy its Way into American Higher Education

Can a U.S. college still be classified as such if they’re owned by China?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, Chinese companies are actively attempting to buy U.S. colleges and universities, including most recently, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Concerns from faculty, donors and others include that Chinese corporations owned and controlled by the Chinese government, which does not recognize academic freedom, could potentially act in ways antithetical to what higher education aspires to be.

The takeaway? The financial backing of American higher education continues to grow in complexity. And we must follow the money, and keep our eye on incentives and potential negative alignments to make sure higher ed continues to make good on its original mission.

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.