Title: Higher education: should other countries follow the US model?

Authors: Jeffrey B. Miller

Addresses: Department of Business, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave., Washington, DC 20002, USA

Abstract: If countries want to be competitive in the world economy, higher education is becoming increasingly important. There are a wide variety of ways to organise systems of higher education, but The Economist (April, 2015) divides these into two general categories: the US system and the European system. The Economist sees the US system spreading to other countries. In this paper, we provide a description of the US system of higher education. The US system has important strengths and weaknesses. Because the US system is so dependent on competitive pressures, it is not appropriate for small countries unless the country opens its higher education system to global competition.

Keywords: higher education; national systems of higher education; US system of higher education; decentralised higher education system.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2019.10021962

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2019 Vol.22 No.4, pp.681 - 695

Received: 11 Nov 2016
Accepted: 07 Mar 2017

Published online: 21 Jun 2019 *

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