Kevin Kinser


Professor of Education,
Department Head of Education Policy Studies


  • Education

Focus Areas:

  • Accreditation
  • Education Policy
  • International Higher Education


  • Co-founder of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT), which investigates the scope and impact of international branch campuses worldwide
  • Commentates widely and publishes research on for-profit and international higher education

Kevin 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 a professor and head of the department of education policy studies, and a senior scientist in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State. He is the author or editor of five books and more than 70 articles, chapters, and scholarly reports, and is regularly invited to present his research at conferences in the United States and abroad. His most recent book is Accreditation on the Edge: Challenging Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2018, Johns Hopkins Press).

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