Research Beyond Borders

Kevin Kinser and Jason Lane

Kevin Kinser, associate professor and Educational Administration and Policy Studies department chair
Jason Lane, associate professor and vice provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership

During the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in higher educational institutions extending their academic programs across geopolitical borders.

At UAlbany, researchers Kevin Kinser, associate professor and chair of the School of Education Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, and Jason Lane, associate professor and SUNY vice provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership, are working to better understand both the success stories and the challenges facing these international collaborations. Their Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) studies this phenomenon from an organizational, sociological, economic and political perspective.

“Distinct from strictly virtual or online education, C-BERT concentrates on instances of physical cross-border teaching and research activities,” said Kinser.

These broad interests inform more specific inquiries into regulation, accountability, quality assurance, institutional legitimacy, patterns of growth and institutional failures, among other topics. C-BERT does not promote or represent specific institutions, sectors or national systems engaged in cross-border higher education. Rather, the mission is to advance the understanding of these issues through the discovery, analysis and dissemination of knowledge. In turn, this research aims to inform institutional development, as well as public policy and discussion.

In 2015, C-BERT was honored with the Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education by the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) Council forInternational Higher Education. Established in 2013, this annual award is presented at the ASHE conference to spotlight state-of-the-art research and scholarship.