(At a recent meeting in Washington there was discussion of how US, European and Australian educational systems might be harmonised especially in view of the upcoming Bologna Process changes in Europe).
In the early 1990s, the then-presidents of Oberlin College and Stanford University floated the idea that the standard time for an undergraduate degree might be better at three years instead of four. The idea went nowhere — at least in the United States.
But 45 European nations have pledged to make three years the standard time for their undergraduate degrees by 2010. Under “the Bologna Process,” ...where the agreement for “harmonizing” European higher education was signed in 1999...
...What happens when some of that mobility involves graduate study in the United States? ...Should American graduate schools recognize three-year degrees and admit such students to graduate programs?
These were among the thorny questions that brought a number of academic leaders from the United States and Europe together on Saturday in Washington, at a meeting organized by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. The outcome of these deliberations is also seen as likely to affect students and institutions in many other countries.
(Blogmaster) One of the comments to the original article:
There is an excellent set of resources on the Bologna Process available at the Web site of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Location: http://www.nafsa.org/knowledge_co...t_admissions/bologna_process_net