US collaborative degree programs skew heavily toward non-US participants

November 13, 2014

The American Council on Education (ACE) has released a new report on international joint and dual degrees that sheds light on some challenges faced by US institutions implementing such programs. According to the report, American student participation in joint and dual degree programs is limited; 63% of collaborative programs surveyed for the report enrolled exclusively non-American students while just 4% enrolled only American students. This leads the authors to suggest that “collaborative degree programs may be more of a proxy for recruiting international students, and are likely to contribute to the continuing ‘imbalance of trade’ in outward and inward flow of students.” While many respondents to the ACE survey said that they would like to see more outbound student mobility, few were optimistic that this was likely to happen given an apparent lack of interest on the part of American students. The report also considers factors that may affect the sustainability of these programs, as well as noting issues of grade inflation that are often associated with collaborative degree programs. Inside Higher Ed | Full Report