Accreditation in higher education in Chile: results and consequences

Accreditation in higher education in Chile: results and consequences Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss the results that the accreditation system implemented in Chile has brought to higher education institutions and undergraduate and graduate programs, taking into account both its positive and negative implications. Design/methodology/approach – The examination of the Chilean accreditation regime relies on descriptive statistics based on official data from several sources. Findings – It appears that the Chilean accreditation regime has helped to establish permanent procedures for quality assurance in higher education institutions which has resulted in improving its internal processes, but still the system faces a series of challenges that have to be addressed in order to improve the higher education system as a whole. Originality/value – The Chilean accreditation experience is placed within the discussion and context of accreditation systems around the world, and lessons which can be relevant to other countries are drawn. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality Assurance in Education Emerald Publishing

Accreditation in higher education in Chile: results and consequences

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-4883
DOI
10.1108/09684881311293043
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss the results that the accreditation system implemented in Chile has brought to higher education institutions and undergraduate and graduate programs, taking into account both its positive and negative implications. Design/methodology/approach – The examination of the Chilean accreditation regime relies on descriptive statistics based on official data from several sources. Findings – It appears that the Chilean accreditation regime has helped to establish permanent procedures for quality assurance in higher education institutions which has resulted in improving its internal processes, but still the system faces a series of challenges that have to be addressed in order to improve the higher education system as a whole. Originality/value – The Chilean accreditation experience is placed within the discussion and context of accreditation systems around the world, and lessons which can be relevant to other countries are drawn.

Journal

Quality Assurance in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 25, 2013

Keywords: Institutional accreditation; Program accreditation; Quality assurance; Undergraduate studies; Graduate studies; Chile; Higher education

References

  • Quality assessment and institutional change: Experiences from 14 countries
    Brennan, J.; Shah, T.
  • From quality assurance to quality enhancement in the European higher education area
    Gvaramadze, I.
  • The end of quality?
    Harvey, L.
  • Diffusing financial practices in Latin American Higher Education
    Neu, D.; Silva, L.; Ocampo, E.

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