Julie Rowland


A global economy requires globally competitive workers and global citizens.This need has generated supranational higher education initiatives through organizations such as the European Union and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. These initiatives promote student mobility across borders by harmonizing higher education systems between member nations. To demonstrate how the U.S. can become more involved in international higher education initiatives, this comment will first give an overview of the history of these initiatives globally. The comment explores the legal and soft governance mechanisms involved in international initiatives and the feasibility of their application to the U.S. A description of the structures of these initiatives is followed by a demonstration of the challenges associated with each structure. This comment then examines examples of harmonization in the U.S. to demonstrate the feasibility of U.S. participation in international initiatives. Finally, this comment considers possible courses of action for the U.S. in this area, with the ultimate goal of promoting U.S. participation of some kind.



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