U.S.-Mexico Higher Education Engagement: Current Activities, Future Directions

Robin Matross Helms / Jermain Griffin
American Council on Education

Academic ties have long been part of the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Focus on this area has increased in recent years, however, and a variety of new policies and initiatives aimed at further expanding and enhancing cross-border higher education engagement have emerged. At the national level, these include the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative in the U.S.; Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000; and the Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research (FOBESII), which together have spurred a wide array of new programs and cross-border partnerships at the institution level.

Given the attention and resources devoted to increasing collaboration, as well as a rapidly shifting political climate, the time is right for a comprehensive assessment of U.S.-Mexico higher education engagement. Supported by Banco Santander/Universia, this project endeavors to provide such an assessment. Specifically, this report includes a broad inventory of existing collaborative activity, an examination of trends and challenges, and data-based recommendations for policy and practice.