The Bologna Declaration Agreement Impact on U.S. Higher Education: Recommendations for Integration

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Since September 11, 2001 there has been a growing realization within the United States that in order to achieve better instruments to strengthen national security, compete and be successful within the global community, it has become vital to look at the American educational system which, according to some critics, presently is lacking the international elements in order to do so. With the advent of the educational reforms in Europe (Bologna Agreement, June 19, 1999), those nations that have embraced more uniformity amongst themselves have concluded that competition in the global market has made it imperative to make changes in the academic curriculum of colleges and universities. In accordance with the growing globalization movement of the last few years in regard to international education, the challenge for the United States is the pursuit of a national international education policy. Such an effort requires a mobilization and coordination concerning international education efforts and recourses at all levels. This paper will provide suggestions for implementing the internationalization of our national higher educational institutions. In conjunction, there will be an analysis of the reforms presently being undertaken in the European Higher Educational System.


Keywords: Educational Reform: EU and US
Stream: Equity, Social Justice and Social Change; Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , , The Bologna Declaration Agreement Impact on U.S. Higher Education


Dr. Graciela Helguero-Balcells

Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida, USA

During the course of my professional career I have had a wide range of opportunities that have enabled me to grow both professionally and personally. It is from those experiences that my research field has not been limited to one specific area. My interests are all interconnected. Recently, I finished my PhD dissertation on International Education that is looking at the European Union’s Bologna Agreement and the impact on U.S. Higher Education. Additionally, a second PhD is being worked on in the area of Spanish Literature at the Universidad de León.

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