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New York Says Olivet U Can’t Operate in the State

July 5, 2022

New York State has withdrawn permission for Olivet University, an evangelical institution, to operate in the state, Newsweek reported. The state’s education department said that Olivet is still largely run by a group of David Jang disciples linked to a 2018 criminal conspiracy. Jang, a Korean American cleric, founded Olivet in 2000. His followers are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security about whether the university was part of a scheme to launder money for criminals in China and the United States.

Olivet released a statement that said the university “ended a good, 10-year run in the state of New York with the conclusion of our temporary permission to operate by the New York Board of Regents. We remain humbly grateful for this wonderful opportunity to carry out our mission to educate students for Christian mission in New York State.”

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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