Research

Research is a critical component of service to NABCA members. The NABCA Research Committee continues to identify common and unique facets of branch, regional, and satellite campus administration.

Surveys conducted by NABCA have found that branch campus life comes in many configurations. Even what our locations are called is unique, Branch, Region, Satellite, Center, and more. A survey question, “What is the title of the chief administrator?” elicited varying answers: Chancellor, Dean, Associate Provost, CEO, and Director, among others. Asked about who has authority over budgets and faculty generated responses as varied as the titles and location names. NABCA Members are truly “Unique in Unity.”

Under the inaugural leadership of Dr. Phyllis Bebko of Florida Atlantic University Broward Campuses in 2008, the NABCA Research Committee began to identify aspects and characteristics of off-site locations as well as administrators and the populations they serve. NABCA is pleased to share the results of this ongoing research with our Members.

If you are interested in conducting further research or working with the Research Committee, we welcome your involvement and invite you to contact the Research Committee Chair. Authors who utilize survey data or research results shall cite NABCA as follows: National Association of Branch Campus Administrators. The Association for National and International Satellite Campus Stakeholders.
 

Relatively little is known about the presumably thousands of branch campuses and centers represented among US higher education institutions. In an effort to fill this void, the NABCA Research Committee has conducted web-based surveys targeting the leaders of branch campuses and off-campus centers. Findings from NABCA Campus and Center Administrator Surveys reveal both broad diversity and significant areas of commonality among the participating institutions. The typology of campuses, methods of decision making, typology of campus missions, and scope of student services emerging from these studies provide insights for administrators. We hope these results can benefit administrators as they continue to extend access to students while working with limited resources. Access Survey Results: "Campus Models and Administrators"

Relatively little is known about the presumably thousands of branch campuses and centers represented among U.S. higher education institutions. In an effort to fill this void, the NABCA Research Committee has conducted web-based surveys targeting the leaders of branch campuses and off-campus centers. Findings from NABCA Campus and Center Administrator Surveys reveal both broad diversity and significant areas of commonality among the participating institutions. The typology of campuses, methods of decision-making, typology of campus missions, and scope of student services emerging from these studies provide insights for administrators. We hope these results can benefit administrators as they continue to extend access to students while working with limited resources. Access Survey 2 Results: "Campus Mission and Decision-Making"

Relatively little is known about the presumably thousands of branch campuses and centers represented among U.S. higher education institutions. In an effort to fill this void, the NABCA Research Committee has conducted web-based surveys targeting the leaders of branch campuses and off-campus centers. Findings from NABCA Campus and Center Administrator Surveys reveal both broad diversity and significant areas of commonality among the participating institutions. The typology of campuses, methods of decision-making, typology of campus missions, and scope of student services emerging from these studies provide insights for administrators. We hope these results can benefit administrators as they continue to extend access to students while working with limited resources.Access Survey 3 Results: "Campus Support Services"

In an effort to provide common language, this typography and definition of "remote location" higher education facilities includes the results derived from surveys of over 150 senior administrators at branch campuses or centers throughout the United States.Access Definitions & Organizational Models

Based on the results from NABCA Campus and Center Administrator Survey One, authors Phyllis Bebko and Dennis Huffman have written a summary of campus model types and services provided by NABCA Members. Access the Survey Article: "Developing a Typology of Branch Campuses" from the Metropolitan Universities Journal Volume 22 Issue 1(with permission from the publisher)

Abstracts are from Metropolitan Universities journals and are posted with permission from the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) and the executive editor of Metropolitan Universities. Under the inaugural leadership of Dr. Phyllis Bebko of Florida Atlantic University Broward Campuses in 2008, the NABCA Research Committee began to identify aspects and characteristics of off-site locations as well as administrators and the populations they serve. NABCA is pleased to share the results of this ongoing research with permission from Metropolitan Universities. Click here for the 2011 Issue of Metropolitan Branch Campuses

Indispensable Underpinnings for Branch Campuses 
Shaw, K.; Bornhoft, S. 

This case study of Florida State University (FSU) Panama City illustrates the essential importance of strong synergy among a branch campus, its main campus, and its community. The interdependence of the branch campus and its community is highlighted through discussion of the role of the campus administrator, various partnerships, and niche programs targeted to meet the specialized needs of employers in the campus’s service area.

 

Branch Campus Leadership 
gillie gossom, j.; Deckert Pelton, M. 

Members of National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) have spent three years crafting a survey instrument for assessing the leadership abilities and skills of branch administrators. In pursuit of the goal to investigate four leadership dimensions: diagnosing, implementing, visioning, and entrepreneurial, a pilot survey was distributed at the 2010 NABCA conference in the official packets for attendees. Results show predictive relationships between many activities and tasks, paving the way for future analysis and refinement of the assessment instrument.

 

The Precarious Existence of Branch Campuses 
John E. Krueger, Phyllis Bebko, and Charles Bird 

Hidden amongst the more popular higher education issues regarding educational reform, the cost of attending institutions of higher learning and the financial issues of societies in general, are the overlooked accomplishments of those dedicated individuals who facilitate continuous learning on the branch campuses and extension centers of our nation’s colleges and universities.

 

Developing a Typology of Branch Campuses: Findings from the NABCA Campus and Center Administrator Survey 
Bebko, Phyllis; Huffman, Dennis 

Relatively little is known about the presumably thousands of branch campuses and centers represented among U.S. higher education institutions. In an effort to fill this void, the research committee of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) conducted a web-based survey targeting the leaders of branch campuses and off-campus centers. Findings from the NABCA Campus and Center Administrator Survey reveal both broad diversity and significant areas of commonality among the participating institutions. The preliminary typology of branches and centers emerging from this study will provide insights to administrators regarding common practices and organizational structures as they continue to extend access to students while working with limited resources.  

 

A Perspective on the Future of Branch Campuses 
Bird, Charles 

Branch campuses can thrive in the extremely competitive environment of higher education, because of their commitment to access and their relatively low cost of operation. Success, however, depends on understanding the preferences of adult learners and other place bound students. With targeted programs, focused services, careful financial management, and a solid-marketing plan, branches can be an integral part of enrollment management, as well as an important contributor to the institutional bottom line.

 

A Tale of Three Centers 
Lubey, Lynn; Huffman, Dennis; Grinberg, Nancy 

Prince George’s Community College has developed three distinct models for off-campus centers. Examination of each model reveals the impact of variables such as location, ownership, design, target audience for a particular site (student demographics, community needs, and access issues), the role of partnerships with other institutions, and management and staffing decisions, particularly as they relate to the delivery of student services.

 

Collaboration in a University System 
Hayes, Edward; Smith, Don; Houston, Glen 

Collaboration among the four universities in the University of Houston System became popular in late 1999 and early 2000. Efforts to work collaboratively to deliver course work to our public were relatively successful according to our evaluations. This study sought to determine the extent to which those efforts were perceived as being valuable by faculty, students, and administrators among two of the four campuses. Our data suggest significant differences between the perceptions of the three groups regarding their awareness of the collaboration that was in place and the value it provided.

 

Challenging Conventional Wisdom 
Parkinson Norton, Susan; Pickus, Keith 

This essay will discuss the creation of adult-learner degree programs at Wichita State University’s satellite campuses with a particular focus on how such programs complement the mission of a traditional urban-serving research institution. It will assess the decision-making process that led to the transformation of satellite campuses into adult-learner centers and evaluate how the adult-learner degree completion programs were marketed to both internal and external audiences.

 

The Great Cities Commitment 
Perry, David 

The article is meant to assess the ways in which the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its Great Cities Commitment can serve as a model of academic institutional change that anchors or is, otherwise, foundational to academic institutional achievement and urban development. Through both normative discussion and case study, the article addresses the ways in which UIC consciously and strategically spent over fifteen years of sustained leadership, resource commitment and integration of the higher education reward structures into an engaged research mission in order to become a place-based, engaged urban research university.

The National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) conducted a 2015 survey of administrators in Higher Education to define off-site/satellite locations, administrators, and the populations served. NABCA Member locations are frequently called by many names: branch, center, satellite, etc. Throughout the survey, term “Satellite Location” was used to generically refer to whatever locations are called and the term “Parent Campus” was used to refer to an institution main campus. The purpose of this survey was to document and examine data on off-site/satellite locations throughout the Globe, including their characteristics, student services, budget, and supervision. Information collected from the survey can be found through the links below.

During the spring and summer of 2017, a survey was conducted in order to evaluate the enrollment trends and marketing practices at university branch campuses throughout the United States. This survey was administered through the research committee of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA). A total of 72 responses were received from administrators at four-year public, four-year private, and two-year public institutions. The purpose of this survey was to learn more about the current state of enrollment at branch campuses, as well as the forecast for enrollment in 2017. In addition, the survey was designed to ascertain what is and is not working as it relates to marketing at branch campuses from a strategic and tactical standpoint. Access the Branch Campus Enrollment Trends & Marketing Practices Survey Summary

In 2018, the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators (NABCA) created this accreditation and assessment survey to better understand the processes and practices of offsite higher education facilities. For the purpose of this survey, the “Branch Campus” was used as an umbrella term, and included any branch, center, satellite, extension, regional, twig, or other terminology used to describe a physical higher education location that is sponsored and away from the parent campus. The intent of the survey was to better understand if branch campuses were accredited separately and the quality assurance processes that were in place. The results of the survey are provided here in an effort to support NABCA’s commitment to advance research and promote best practices for branch campuses. Access Survey Results: Accreditation and Assessment of Branch Campuses

For public agencies, there is a large cost for lack of preparation. Their roles in disasters, their large employee numbers and the widely distributed facilities they oversee make their readiness and response particularly critical. They also have greater chances of becoming targets for terrorism and other human threats. And these threats are not going away; they’re just getting more complex. The White Paper and Crisis Planning Template are provided here in an effort to support NABCA’s commitment to advance research and promote best practices for branch campuses. Access White Paper:OnSolve White Paper Communicating in Crisis; Access Crisis Planning Template: OnSolve Template Crisis Communication Plan