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Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch Campuses: New Directions for Higher Education, Number 155

Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch Campuses: New Directions for Higher Education, Number 155

Jason E. Lane (Editor), Kevin Kinser (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-17816-4 October 2011 Jossey-Bass 112 Pages




Dedicated to the hundreds of practitioners who work at international branch campuses (IBCs), this volume examines the unique challenges ICB professionals face in the leading edge of development in the global higher education sector and how they are unlike those confronted by their colleagues on the home campus.

The volume is designed to provide readers with an overview of the IBC phenomenon, as well as provide practical insights from those directly involved in the development of multinational colleges and universities. Editors Jason E. Lane and Kevin Kinser of the Institute for Global Education Policy Studies at State University of New York, and begin with an overview of the development of IBCs. The first chapter, by Jason Lane, traces the history of such institutions and discusses various intentions behind their creation and the roles they play in the host country.

The next two chapters deal specifically with issues pertaining to faculty and students. The second chapter focuses on strategies for managing and leading academic staff spread across multiple countries.The third chapter looks at the challenges of replicating the student collegiate experience that exists on the home campus.

Subsequent contributing chapters discuss the increasing interest among developing nations to create a community college system similar to that in the United States as well as the global regulatory, legal, and policy environments.

At the end of the volume, readers will find an extensive annotated bibliography of nearly a hundred scholarly and policy writings that deal directly with international branch campuses. This bibliography is divided into several sections to help readers navigate the extensive listing. The sections include: General, Arab Gulf, Asia, Development Perspective, Management, Quality, Students, Teaching and Learning, and Trade and Regulation. Each reading is listed only once, though many could be classified under multiple sections.

This is the 155th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Higher Education. It arose out of the long-standing interest of the volume?s editors in understanding the emergence of multinational educational institutions.These interests fostered the development of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT), which provided the scholarly foundation for this volume.

Jason E. Lane, Kevin Kinser

1. Global Expansion of International Branch Campuses: Managerial and Leadership Challenges 5
Jason E. Lane
This chapter outlines the growth of IBCs over the past fifty years and discusses some of the major management and leadership challenges associated with creating and sustaining IBCs.

2. Strategies for Managing and Leading an Academic Staff in Multiple Countries 19
Rebecca Hughes
Faculty are a critical component to the success of the academic branch campus. In an environment where academic quality is constantly in question, the management and leadership of the academic staff are important, particularly when that staff is spread across multiple geographic locations.

3. Institutional Ethos: Replicating the Student Experience 29
Cynthia Howman Wood
A common criticism of IBCs is that they cannot recreate the student culture of the home campus. While this is true, some IBCs have gone to great lengths to not only create a comparable culture for their students, but also to integrate their students into the culture of the home campus.

4. Identifying Fit of Mission and Environment: Applying the American Community College Model Internationally 41
Mary S. Spangler, Arthur Q. Tyler Jr.
This chapter discusses the exporting of the American community college model and the importance of identifying a good ""fit"" with local partners.

5. Multinational Quality Assurance 53
Kevin Kinser
This chapter highlights the dilemmas facing traditional models of quality assurance in a global environment where higher education institutions can and do cross geopolitical borders.

6. Operational Considerations for Opening a Branch Campus Abroad 65
Lawrence M. Harding, Robert W. Lammey
This chapter provides specific advice for how IBCs can negotiate entry into a foreign legal environment and operate support systems that can coordinate the management operations on multiple campuses.

7. The Cross-Border Education Policy Context: Educational Hubs, Trade Liberalization, and National Sovereignty 79
Jason E. Lane, Kevin Kinser
Policies for importing and exporting international branch campuses are increasingly being formalized, with a number of countries explicitly encouraging educational trade as an economic development goal.

8. Selected Resources and Bibliography 87
Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT)
This chapter provides an annotated bibliography of resources pertaining to IBCs.