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A Presence Abroad: The U.S. Perspective. Madeleine F. Green Vice President for International Initiatives American Council on Education. Definitions, definitions. Cross-border Transnational Borderless Offshore . Different Terms: Converging Definitions.

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A Presence Abroad: The U.S. Perspective

Madeleine F. Green

Vice President for International InitiativesAmerican Council on Education


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Definitions, definitions

  • Cross-border

  • Transnational

  • Borderless

  • Offshore


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Different Terms: Converging Definitions

  • “….higher education that takes place in situations where the teacher, student, program, institution/provider or course materials cross national jurisdictional borders.”

    UNESCO and OECD, 2005


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Zeroing In

  • Degree programs delivered abroad for non-U.S. students

  • Branch campuses


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Defining a Branch Campus

  • Physical presence (but how much?)

  • Multiple programs

  • Bears name of home institution

  • Degree/certification from home institution

  • Partner institution or organization?


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Motivations: The Pull of Opportunities

  • Increased demand for higher education worldwide

  • Appeal of a foreign education at home

  • Favorable government policies

  • Rise of English language instruction


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Motivations: The Push of Institutional Goals

  • Pursuing revenue

  • Enhancing prestige

  • Advancing internationalization

  • Advancing a service mission


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Models: Webster University

  • Funded by the institution

  • Campuses in

    • Vienna, Austria

    • Shanghai, China

    • Leiden, The Netherlands

    • Cha-am, Thailand

    • London, U.K.


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Webster: Vienna Campus

  • BA in a broad range of fields

  • BS in Business Administration, Computer Science

  • MA in HR management, International Business, International Relations, Marketing

  • MS in Finance

  • MBA


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Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

  • Founded 2001

  • First US medical school to offer its degree outside of the U.S.

  • Agreement with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development


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Cornell

  • Six-year curriculum (2 pre-med)

  • Same admission standards and curriculum as U.S.

  • Dean reports to Dean of Cornell Medical School

  • Cornell Boards of Trustees and Overseers provide oversight of the curriculum

  • Qatar Foundation oversees facilities

  • Joint advisory board


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Florida State University Panama

  • Founded 1999 (had a presence before)

  • Offers Associate’s and BA degrees

    • Computer Science, Environmental Science, Information Science, International Affairs, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Social Sciences

  • Full campus


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Missouri State University in China

  • Founded in 2000

  • Two-year program offered by Missouri State-West Plains in Dalian, China leading to Associate’s Degree

  • Agreement with Liaoning Normal University to establish branch on its campus

  • Also offers B.S. through Business School


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Programs: University of Chicago School of Business Executive MBA

  • Campuses in London and Singapore

  • Founded in 1994

  • London and Singapore admit annual cohort of 80 students

  • Same curriculum as Chicago campus taught in 16 one-week modules

  • Same faculty


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Baruch University: Executive MS

  • Locations in China (under development), Paris (in partnership with the American U in Paris), Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Israel

  • Offers MS in Finance, Management of Human Resources, Accounting, Marketing, Computer Information Systems


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Twinning: Ansal Institute of Technology, India

  • Agreements with Coastal Carolina University; Tarleton State University, Clemson University, North Dakota State University

  • Final 2-4 semesters in U.S. partner institution, receive U.S. degree.


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Issues for Leaders

  • Big Questions

    • Why?

    • Where? (opportunities and regulatory environment)

    • U.S. accreditation issues


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Strategic Decisions

  • Policy and Strategy

    • Fit with mission

    • Partner?

    • Financial risk/commitment

  • Academic Issues

    • Which programs

    • What delivery

    • Who will teach?


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Strategic Decisions

  • Academic Issues

    • Quality monitoring

  • Financial and Administrative Issues

    • Who will be responsible for planning and implementation

    • Target student population?

    • Investments?

    • Staffing at home and abroad


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American Council on Education1 Dupont Circle, NWWashington, DC 20036www.acenet.edu


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