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C-BERT, Founded by Kinser and Lane, Honored for Influential Research on International Higher Education 

Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane are co-directors of the research team that won the award.

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2015) – A research team founded and co-directed by Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane to conduct research on cross-border higher education, has been recognized by the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) Council for International Higher Education (CIHE).

Known as the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT), the team studies higher education institutions as they expand their educational programs across geopolitical borders.

ASHE honored C-BERT with the Significant Research on International Higher Education Award for its work on branch campuses and for providing access to data online.

Kinser is chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies. Lane is an associate professor in the department.

“We have been tracking the development of international branch campuses around the world since 2010,” said Kinser. “These are locations where universities provide access to an entire academic program that leads to a credential awarded by a foreign university.”

For example, the SUNY System has a branch campus in Korea called SUNY-Korea. “We think of these as part of the development of higher education as a multinational enterprise,” said Kinser.

Much like a multinational corporation, universities are operating in a globalized world where national boundaries are less important and institutions can develop different products targeted toward different geographic regions.

Kinser and Lane were recognized for not only contributing to the knowledge base in the field of international higher education, but also for increasing accessibility of data publically. They also contribute to the public dissemination of their work through blogs for the Chronicle of Higher Education and others.

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