Are these college profs beholden to China? N.J. wants to find out

By Adam Clark adam_clark@njadvancemedia.com
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

New Jersey’s top higher education official is reviewing claims that professors at Kean University’s satellite campus in China are now employees of the nation’s communist government.

Zakiya Smith-Ellis, the state’s Secretary of Higher Education, sent a letter to the public university last month asking for detailed information on the rights and protections of faculty at Wenzhou-Kean University, according to the state.

She also asked for information about the organizational and financial structure at the satellite campus Kean opened in 2012 through a partnership with the Chinese government.

“After review of that response, the secretary will determine what further actions may be warranted,” her office said in a statement.

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