Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch CampusesPart of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education, published by Wiley
Edited by Jason E. Lane and Kevin Kinser
Lane and Kinser have edited this volume examining the unique challenges that administrative leaders and faculty of international branch campuses face in the development of global higher education.
In the past 10 years, universities from around the world have been expanding their global reach by creating outposts in multiple countries. The most significant manifestation of this phenomenon is the creation of international branch campuses (IBCs), where students can attend classes, engage in student activities and earn a degree from the home institution without ever actually visiting the institution’s home country.
Because IBCs fall outside of traditional institutional associations and operate in dislocated geopolitical regions, there are few opportunities for faculty and administrators of these entities to discuss common challenges and opportunities. This volume brings together researchers and experienced administrators to provide a scholarly overview and practical reflection about this growing and still volatile subsection of higher education.
The volume seeks to address issues of leadership, administration and governance of branch campuses by using scholarly fieldwork and selected institutional case studies. In exploring the internal and external dynamics of IBCs, this volume includes chapters that address three broad themes: practical administrative strategies; student and academic issues; and institutional environments, cultures and policy arenas.
The first chapter, written by Lane, traces the history of such institutions and discusses various intentions behind their creation and the roles they play in the host country. Subsequent chapters address such topics as managing academic staff across multiple countries; replicating the student collegiate experience that exists on the home campus; the increasing interest of developing nations in creating a community college system; and global regulatory, legal and policy environments.