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ERIC Number: EJ946021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Institutional Ethos: Replicating the Student Experience
Wood, Cynthia Howman
New Directions for Higher Education, n155 p29-39 Fall 2011
International branch campuses (IBCs) have been established in significant numbers over the past ten years. A common criticism of IBCs is that they cannot recreate the student culture of the home campus. While this is true, some IBCs have gone to great lengths not only to create a comparable culture for their students, but also to integrate their students into the culture of the home campus. Many college campuses, particularly in the United States, have a very unique campus culture that is an important component of a student's collegiate experience. And it is the shared rituals, stories, and artifacts that help differentiate among educational experiences and helps provide for a shared collegiate experience that often transcends generations of students. Nevertheless, there has been little attention given to how this culture or ethos is transferred from the main campus to an international branch campus. This chapter examines issues of institutional ethos, exploring the multiple approaches taken by Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMQ) to create an institutional culture similar to that present on the home campus in Texas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Qatar; Texas; United States