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Over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in higher education institutions exporting their educational programs across geopolitical borders. The Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) studies this phenomenon from organizational, sociological, economic, and political perspectives. As distinct from strictly virtual or online education, C-BERT concentrates on instances of physical cross-border teaching and research activities. 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 any institutions, sectors, or national systems engaged in cross-border higher education. Rather, its mission is to advance 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.

C-BERT was created in 2010 by Kevin Kinser, currently a professor of Higher Education and Department Head of the Education Policy Studies (EPS) Department at Penn State University, and Jason Lane, a professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) at SUNY Albany. In addition to Drs. Lane and Kinser, core C-BERT personnel also includes Dr. Li Zhang, Associate for Academic Programs and Planning at SUNY, and Azalea Hulbert, a graduate research assistant based at Penn State. This core group of researchers engages with an extended network of affiliated scholars and higher education researchers from across the world.

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