Global Higher Education

Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT)

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, the 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 and Jason Lane, professors in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS). In addition to Drs. Lane and Kinser, C-BERT currently employs three full-time EAPS graduate students and two exchange scholars: Yunyu Shi, Odilbek Kattaev, Urška Klancnik, Patrick Ziegler, Zhang Li.  This core group of researchers engages with an extended network of higher education researchers from across the world.


Dr. Kevin Kinser

Kevin Kinser is Chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Global Education Policy Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is also a fellow at SUNY Rockefeller Institute for Government and a Senior Fellow for Internationalization at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He is a graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College (New York). and has taught in the higher education programs at Teachers College and Louisiana State University. Kinser studies non-traditional and alternative higher education, particularly the public policies and organizational structures related to private for-profit institutions and international cross-border higher education. He is the author of more than 40 articles, chapters, and scholarly reports, and regularly presents papers at conferences in the United States and abroad. His most recent books are The Global Growth of Private Higher Education (Wiley, 2010) and Multinational Colleges and Universities: Leading, Governing, and Managing International Branch Campuses (Jossey-Bass, 2011).


Dr. Jason Lane

Jason E. Lane is an internationally recognized scholar in the study of higher education institutions and politics as well as an academic leader at the most comprehensive system of higher education in the United States. In his role as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs and Planning and Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Research for the State University of New York (SUNY), Dr. Lane oversees the office responsible for the review of all academic programs across the system’s 64 campuses and the development and implementation of key academic initiatives and policies that support the system’s Strategic Plan, The Power of SUNY. He also provides leadership for the System’s efforts to attract and retain exceptional researchers through the Empire Innovation Program as well as coordinates the annualSUNY Critical Issues in Higher Education conference and book series, which promotes academic inquiry into the most pressing issues facing public colleges and universities.

Previously, Dr. Lane served as a SUNY Provost Fellow and continues to serve as the Deputy Director for Research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy think tank of the State University of New York. He is also an associate professor of educational policy (on leave), senior researcher at the Institute for Global Education Policy Studies, and co-director of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT) at the University at Albany (SUNY).

In his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Lane has written more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports; and authored or edited eight books, including Multi-National Colleges and Universities: Leadership and Administration of International Branch Campuses (Jossey-Bass, 2011, w/ Kevin Kinser)Colleges andUniversities as Economic Drivers (SUNY Press, 2012 w/ Bruce Johnstone) Academic Leadership and Governance of Higher Education (Stylus Press, 2013, w/ Robert Hendrickson, James Harris, and Rick Dorman) and Higher Education Systems 3.0 (SUNY Press, 2013 w/ Bruce Johnstone).

A Fulbright New Century Scholar, Dr. Lane has been a speaker and consultant in more than 30 countries across Asia, Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East. He is a frequent commentator on global trends in higher education and his research has been cited in major media outlets including the Associated Press,Bloomberg News, Boston GlobeNational Public RadioThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, Newsweek, Texas Monthly, Times Higher Education (UK) and University World New. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Worldwise blog and has served on the boards of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Council for International Higher Education (CIHE), and the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES).

Dr. Lane holds a Ph.D. (higher education policy and administration) and M.A. (political science) from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. (political science and business administration) from Southeast Missouri State University. 


Urška Klancnik

Urška Klancnik is a research scholar at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. She holds a M.A. in Intercultural Communication and European Studies from Hochschule Fulda – University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and a B.A. in English and American Studies from University of Salzburg, Austria. In the course of her bachelor studies, she spent a year at the Bowling Green State University, Ohio as an exchange student. During this time she was given the opportunity to assist with the construction of a dictionary of Oroha, a highly endangered language of the Solomon Islands. As a member of the Cross-Border Higher Education Research Team (C-BERT), Urška is able to put the skills acquired during her M.A. program to good use, as she focuses on countries’ legal framework concerning Transnational Higher Education and International Branch Campuses. Her research interests include intercultural communication, TESOL, translation studies, and international law (especially with regard to refugees and asylum seekers in the European Union).


Zhang Li

Li Zhang is a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies (EAPS) department. She is interested in the internationalization of both secondary and higher education. More specifically, her research areas include the establishment of International Branch Campuses (IBCs), organizational legitimacy issues, and quality assurance. She serves as US Representative for Association for Collaborative Leadership (ACL) China Office. ACL is an educational, research and professional organization striving to develop leadership capabilities and advance collaboration among higher education institutions in the United States. Meanwhile, Li serves as an independent consultant for Chinese universities that want to establish partnerships with US higher education institutions as well as other forms of internationalization the Chinese universities would like to pursue. Currently, Li holds the position of Vice President at an Orlando-based education consulting company.


Xinchao (Charles) Li

Xinchao (Charles) Li is currently a visiting scholar at SUNY-Albany from August 2015 to August 2016. He is associate professor, vice dean of Overseas Education College (OEC) at Jiangsu University (JSU), assistant to the dean and mainly in charge of teaching affairs. He also worked as coordinator for foreign teachers, and then as sectional chief with International Office and International Education Exchange College (former body of OEC). Mr. Li earned his bechalor degree in English Education from Shaanxi Normal University in 1995. He received his master degree in Literature at JSU in 2008, and currently is doctoral candidate of eduction at Institue of Education of Nanjing University. He published a number of academic papers on the retranslation of Adventures of Huckberry Finn and his own version. Mr Li has also joined in and headed various research projects on author Pearl S Buck and education renovation at all levels.