Organization and Leadership of Branch Campuses

Topics: Regional Sites and Branch Campuses, University Systems and Governance

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Research Questions

  • What services are centralized at main campuses and what services are located at branch campuses? 
  • What responsibilities do branch campus leaders maintain? 
  • What skills and competencies are relevant for branch campus leaders?


Branch campuses often adhere to different organizational structures and leadership models than affiliated main campuses. This report examines the organizational structures of branch campuses, identifying which services reside at main campuses and at branch campuses. The report also examines the responsibilities and qualifications of branch campus leaders, including the recommended skills and competencies that branch campus leaders should possess.