I have been quite amazed at the differences between the institutions that are self-identifying as “branch-campuses.” Some are just a few classrooms rented in an office building while others have beautiful white-washed buildings with landscaping, ponds and student-life space. Certainly, there has been a lot of talk about how sustainable branch-campuses are and how soon they will all shut down. But as heavy investments are matched with an increase in student enrollment, it seems that many are here to stay.
You can read some of my views on branch-campuses at University World News
Branch-campus students thrive on high-stakes competition: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140309155504422
Protege to peer: Measuring maturity at branch campuses: http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140408150224295