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Dr. Kevin Kinser

Department Head of Education Policies Studies and Professor & Senior Scientist of Education (HIED)

Phone: 814-863-3770

311A Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Higher Education Program
  • Comparative and International Education


  • Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)



Kevin Kinser is a Professor and Head of the Department of Education Policy Studies and a Senior Scientist at the Center for the Study of Higher Education in the College of Education at Penn State.


A graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College (New York), 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. Kinser is co-founder of the Cross-Border Education Research Team (C-BERT), which investigates the scope and impact of international branch campuses worldwide.


Kinser is the author or editor of five books and more than 70 articles, chapters, and scholarly reports. He is regularly invited to present his research at conferences in the United States and abroad. Because of his research, Kinser is regularly sought out by national and international media outlets for commentary on for-profit and international higher education.


His most recent book is Accreditation on the edge: Challenging Quality Assurance in Higher Education (2018, Johns Hopkins Press).

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