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At present, there is no national consensus in the US on the learning outcomes appropriate to associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees. Such a consensus could serve many purposes, but one of the most important would be its potential positive impact on the learning process. Gaston has written on the Bologna Process and was one of the consultants to the Lumina Foundation's draft degree qualifications profile, titled "A Transformational Challenge for U.S. Higher Education." In his talk, he focuses on the advantages US students would enjoy as a result of more clearly defined expectations at each degree level. He also suggests ways in which such expectations might enhance the process of institutional accreditation.