Reviews of National Policies for Education

ISSN :
1990-0198 (online)
ISSN :
1563-4914 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/19900198
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A series of reports on peer reviews conducted by the OECD on aspects of a particular subject countries’ educational system. They generally analyze the situation and make recommendations for policy improvements.

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Reviews of National Policies for Education: Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Chile 2013

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OECD
Publication Date :
18 Jan 2013
Pages :
100
ISBN :
9789264190597 (PDF) ; 9789264190580 (print)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264190597-en

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Growth and diversity have characterised higher education in OECD countries for fifty years. Chile is no exception and has experienced dramatic increases in the number of students, the range of institutions and the programmes that they offer. But wider participation and diversification are only part of the story. Chilean society remains highly unequal in economic and social terms, and the quality of the academic, technical and professional programmes on offer is uneven. The establishment of a culture of quality in higher education which goes beyond accreditation, and the provision of accurate and reliable information, have become issues of concern not only to institutions, students and employers but to a wider public.

This report  analyses the performance of the relatively young higher education quality assurance system (SINAC-ES). It provides a set of key principles that the OECD review team believes both reflect international practice and are relevant for Chile. The report makes a set of recommendations about the place of the SINAC ES in Chilean higher education and society; the focus of its work; its structure and leadership; and the functions of licensing; accreditation and information that it carries out.

Table of Contents

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Chapter1. The Chilean context
-Population, geography and political administration
-Economy and society
-Chile’s education system outlined
-Chile compared with other education systems
Chapter 2. Higher education in Chile
-Historical background
-Higher education institutions (HEIs)
-Student population
-Access, retention and graduation in higher education
-Financing higher education
Chapter 3. Quality assurance in Chile: Process, principles and key
components
-The Chilean higher education quality assurance system (SINAC-ES)
-Elements of an effective quality assurance system
-Broader quality system considerations
-Findings and recommendations
Chapter 4. Ensuring adequate standards of provision through quality
assurance: Licensing and accreditation
-The role of licensing in assuring quality
-The role of institutional accreditation in assuring quality
-Implementation issues
-Findings and recommendations
Chapter 5. Enhancing the quality of provision at the institutional level
-Proposals for improvement
-Catering for diversity
-The link between the current accreditation process and access to funding
-Transitional issues
-Findings and recommendations
Chapter 6. Ensuring programme quality
-Promoting programmes quality improvement
-Proposals to strengthen programme quality
-Findings and recommendations
Chapter 7. Information, transparency and quality
-Development of the information system
-Quality, reliability and accessibility of information
-Findings and recommendations