A Comparison of the Organization of Higher Education Systems in France and the USA

By Alain Alcouffe and Jeffrey Miller.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Countries have many different ways of organizing higher education. Because of the high costs of higher education, reform efforts, of which the Bologna Process in Europe is an example, are underway in many places. Even where explicit governmental reform processes are less important, economic pressures are bringing about changes. This paper compares the higher education systems in the USA and France. They have been chosen for our study because the problems of high achievement, reasonable economic costs and accessibility are shared values, but their systems are organized very differently.

Keywords: Organization of Higher Education Systems, Economics of Higher Education, Goals of National Systems of Higher Education, Autonomy of Universities, Enrollment in Higher Education, Higher Education in France, Higher Education in the US

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 805.359KB).

Alain Alcouffe

Professor of Economics, University of Toulouse, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Jeffrey Miller

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA

I am a comparative systems economist with extensive experience in the Balkans. I became interested in this topic observing the problems of creating appropriate higher education institutions in economies in transition.

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