The Challenge of Bologna
What United States Higher Education Has to Learn from Europe, and Why It Matters That We Learn It

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In 1999, a declaration formalizing “the European process” was signed at and informally named for Europe’s oldest university: Bologna. “The Bologna Process” has transformed higher education in Europe.

This book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the ability of America’s higher education system to position the country for competitiveness in a global economy, about its failure to broaden access and participation, or to respond to calls for accountability, and specifically about whether it is ready to address the redoubtable challenge that Bologna Process represents on all these issues.

In this book Paul Gaston assesses the Process’ accomplishments, weighing its strengths and weaknesses, and evaluates which features pose a threat, which we can learn from, and which may be inappropriate for our system of higher education.

Bologna’s achievements in making higher education more accessible, in rationalizing and making consistent the evaluation of credits, and the definition and measurement of learning outcomes for all disciplines, all constitute a major “wake-up call” for American higher education.

If we consider Europeans’ increased participation in higher education, their increased graduation rates, and the fact that Europe is retaining more of its students and attracting more international students, American higher education may be losing its competitive advantage.

For all these reasons, it is vital that educators and policy makers understand Bologna and its implications for American higher education. It represents a formidable challenge on a matter of national priority. This book provides that understanding by offering a realistic and balanced account of Bologna’s achievements, and suggesting how US higher education can constructively and effectively respond.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Carol Geary Schneider
An Expeditious Overview
1) Why Pay Attention to Bologna?
2) The Road to Bologna
3) A Point of Departure
4) Words to Actions: Bologna, Prague, Berlin
5) Urgency and Understanding: Bergen and London
6) Beginning a New Decade: Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve
7) The Challenge For Bologna: Potholes—and Possibilities
8) The Challenge Of Bologna: Access and Mobility
9) The Challenge Of Bologna: Structure and Sequence
10) The Challenge Of Bologna: Effectiveness and Accountability
11) Meeting the Challenge: Improving on Europe’s Example
Appendix: A Guide to Acronyms

Reviews & Endorsements:
"The Challenge of Bologna is more than another summary of what the key elements are or what was accomplished at each of the biennial meetings, although those elements occupy a major portion of the book's content. As Gaston lays out the historical trends taht led to Bologna, he entreats us to consider each step and element as it relates to the unique history and contemporary status of higher education in the United States... Educators would be well served to read and review Gaston's book and use it as the basis for discussions on their campuses
- International Educator
"Gaston brings order to a reform movement burdened by information overload. The Challenge of Bologna unfolds through descriptions of the reports from the reform process in Europe, analyses of its major aspirations and accomplishments, and consideration of their application to the U.S.
The long subtitle of this book is key to Gaston's argument. Unlike other influential interpreters of European higher education reform, in particular Cliffiord Adelman, Gaston finds lessons for the U.S. in the process, not the specifics, of Bologna reforms.
For anyone (including this reader) who has ventured into this labyrinth of documentation, Gaston's 'expeditious overview' provides a welcome FAQ-style introduction to the field."
- Change
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