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Reviews of National Policies for Education: Tertiary Education in Colombia 2012

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In Colombia, the beginning of a new century has brought with it a palpable feeling of optimism. Colombians and visitors sense that the country’s considerable potential can be realised, and education is rightly seen as crucial to this process. As opportunities expand, Colombians will need new and better skills to respond to new challenges and prospects.

The government is therefore determined to address key challenges confronting tertiary education in the country: expanding enrolment and improving equity, increasing quality and relevance, and making governance and finance more responsive. Colombia has more than a decade of progress under its belt, and the energy to reach ambitious policy goals. Getting there in practice will involve dialogue and consensus-seeking among all stakeholders, as well as new resources and new rules.

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Information and transparency in Colombia's tertiary education system

This chapter provides an overview of the information available on Colombia’s tertiary education sector, analysing its reliability, completeness, relevance, usefulness and ease of access. The transparency of processes and decisions in the tertiary education system are also discussed.

The chapter closes with the review team’s recommendations, including the need to (i) make information systems more user-friendly for the general public; (ii) systematically check data with alternative sources of information; (iii) commission an external review of admissions processes and criteria at public and private universities and university institutions; (iv) ensure that all TEIs that receive any public funds, directly or indirectly, make detailed financial information public in a standardised, systematic manner.

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