ERIC Number: ED420272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Region in Transition: The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and the Role of Higher Education. The Border Pact Report. Understanding the Differences Series. Working Paper No. 6. Draft.
Ponton, Beatriz Calvo; Ganster, Paul; Leon-Garcia, Fernando; Marmolejo, Francisco
This document is intended to foster cross-border collaboration in higher education and includes three papers examining issues and concerns characteristic of the border states of the United States and Mexico. It also reports findings of a survey of institutional leaders at 38 postsecondary institutions in the U.S.-Mexico border states. The first paper, "The U.S.-Mexican Border Region" (Paul Ganster) examines the function of borders and border regions, defines the U.S.-Mexican border region, and discusses characteristics of the border region's political and legal systems, economic asymmetries, demographic features, culture, and higher education structure. The second paper, "The Border: An Approach Through History and Culture" (Beatriz Calvo Ponton) discusses the historical context of regional processes, everyday life and social relationships, the border area, the economic impact of globalization, migratory processes and the creation of new ways of life, and the appearance of new social forces. The third paper, "Higher Education in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Profile" (Francisco Marmolejo, Fernando Leon-Garcia) addresses the demographics of the U.S.-Mexican border, including such issues as education as a collective or individual asset, and centralism vs. federalism in government. Also considered are academic programs, institutional characteristics, funding, and government structure, institutional leadership, and administration. The final paper, "The Border Pact Survey" (Fernando Leo Garcia, Francisco Marmolejo) notes responses that address the concept of border, issues typical of border institutions, economic development, and differences in issues between institutions in the two countries. Some papers contain references. The Border Pact Memorandum of Understanding is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cooperative Programs, Cultural Influences, Educational Trends, Higher Education, International Cooperation, Surveys, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, Washington, DC.; Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.