It's a modern version of the quest for "gold, God and glory" that drove explorers overseas in centuries past. For the last decade, American college presidents have been obsessed with expanding abroad—looking to tap new markets, spread the gospel of American higher education and leave a glamorous global legacy, the Associated Press reports. But like most empire-builders, they've found the reality on the ground more challenging than expected. High-profile and expensive failures of Middle East branch campuses run by Michigan State and George Mason were a wake-up call…

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