Creating a Joint Graduate Program in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Sparrow, Glenn
San Diego State University
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This case study describes and analyzes the pedagogy and process that created and launched the SDSU/UABC program. It describes how a joint Master of Arts degree was created that will educate a generation of border practitioners to address the manner in which governmental agencies can improve delivery of services to border communities and across international boundaries, and, how their effort can enhance the quality of life and promote sustainable development for borderlanders. Specifically, descriptions of curriculum development, the recruitment of students and faculty, the search for and involvement of the Advisory Board, and the methods used to guide the programs through the two university administrations will be discussed. Finally, the case will address what we learned and can share with others who we would encourage to undertake similar endeavors and attempts at binational collaboration.

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CONAHEC's 9th North American Higher Education Conference - Guadalajara 2004
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 9th North American Higher Education Conference!Canada, Mexico and the United States share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our countries have become inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional prosperity and the prosperity of our individual communities depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students. Government and education leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must take a more aggressive role in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise.Together, we will make concrete plans to revitalize the collaborative agenda in North American higher education.