ERIC Number: ED478775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
International Collaboration in Higher Education: An Overview of Critical Issues.
Edelson, Paul Jay
This paper provides an overview of the challenges that impede success in collaboration among U.S. institutions of higher education and foreign institutions. There are problems in many areas, including administrative aspects, regulatory environment, the fiscal situation, and cultural and political factors. In crafting a response strategy, some things are highlighted, including: (1) developing staff expertise; (2) structural preparedness; (3) addressing the economic inequality between nations; and (4) expanding commitments to globalization. Programs that work well are based on prior experience with the type of program envisioned and fall within the normal and regular range of activities of the institution. Decision-making responsibilities are apportioned correctly, and there are incentives for motivation. Time is allowed to address the logistics, and the program is simple enough to be explained. Both parties have an exit strategy. The program requires "consumers" in that it addresses a need. Incremental improvements are planned for, and there is trust among participants. In planning international collaboration between institutions of higher education, a prior awareness of possible areas of difficulty can alert participants to possible problems. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Virtual Educa Conference (Miami, FL, June 18-20, 2003).