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 objective of this volume is 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 volume is important for various audiences, including higher education administrators and faculty and staff living and working in the IBC environment.
1. Global Expansion of International Branch Campuses: Managerial and Leadership Challenges 5Jason E. LaneThis 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 19Rebecca HughesFaculty 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 29Cynthia Howman WoodA 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 41Mary 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 53Kevin KinserThis 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 65Lawrence M. Harding, Robert W. LammeyThis 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 79Jason E. Lane, Kevin KinserPolicies 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 87Cross–Border Education Research Team (C–BERT)This chapter provides an annotated bibliography of resources pertaining to IBCs.