Fall Symposium

The U.S. perspective on the Three-Year Bologna-Compliant Bachelor Degree

September 18, 2017

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In June 1999, a group of 29 European Ministers signed the Bologna Declaration with the goal of establishing the European Area of Higher Education by 2010 and promoting the European system of higher education world-wide. Almost two decades later, graduates of the new degrees are applying to U.S. institutions and receiving mixed messages regarding their qualification for graduate study.

The U.S. position regarding the placement of graduates of the three-year Bologna-Compliant Bachelor Degree varies due to institutional autonomy and the absence of a federal body that regulates such comparabilities, equivalencies, and decisions. Join us as we explore the issues from multiple perspectives and come together to make recommendations for best practices in the U.S. admissions community to support mobility practices across the globe.

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9:00 - 9:30 amIntroductions and Framing the Day
9:30 - 11:00 amIssue Framing Panels

Panel 1: Professional Credential Evaluation Perspective: The panel of credential evaluation agencies will provide an overview of how their agency shapes their evaluation methodology based on their philosophical approach to the evaluation of the first cycle bologna-compliant degree and whether this has changed over time. The panel will frame the approach of the evaluation of the first cycle degrees in four distinct systems: Norway, Netherlands, Italy and France.
The panel will also discuss if the purpose of the evaluation, ie further education or immigration, determines the language used in the report produced.

Panel 2: The Institutional Perspective: Evaluation for Admission
The panel of admissions officers from different types of institutions will detail their admissions policies for applicants holding a first cycle bologna-compliant degree and provide a historical overview of how that policy was established over time. In addition, the panel will discuss both the realities and challenges that are faced in carrying out their policy in the admissions office and throughout campus.

Panel 3: The Employment Perspective
This panel will explore the interplay between placement recommendations, evaluation, and immigration decisions, and how that interplay impacts post-graduate employment-based visa opportunities.

11:00 am - 2:00 pmGroup Work & Working Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pmSharing of Group Work
3:30 pm - 4:00 pmWrap-Up and Next Steps