Tracking Foreign Gifts and Contracts to U.S. Colleges and Universities

Recent pieces from the Project on Government Oversight and The New York Times Magazine relied on a unique and potentially useful Department of Education report, which documents gifts and contracts to US universities from foreign sources. 

 The report, known as the Foreign Gift and Contract Report, is worth knowing about.  Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, most US colleges are required to disclose contracts or gifts with foreign sources if these contracts or gifts exceed $250,000.  As foreign support for US universities has bubbled to the surface in 2019, expect more attention to be focused on this report and whether the Higher Education Act should be amended to require more stringent disclosure.