IN PRINT: Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch Campuses Fall 2011

Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch Campuses

Part of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education, published by Wiley

Edited by Jason E. Lane and Kevin Kinser

Jason LaneKevin 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.

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Jason E. Lane is director of education studies at the Institute and assistant professor at the University at Albany. Kevin Kinser is an Institute fellow and associate professor at the University at Albany. Lane and Kinser co-direct the university’s Cross-Border Education Research Team. Their volume in the New Directions for Higher Education series is available through Wiley.

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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.


The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, conducts fiscal and programmatic research on American state and local governments. It works closely with federal, state, and local government agencies nationally and in New York, and draws on the State University’s rich intellectual resources and on networks of public policy academic experts throughout the country.