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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Quality assurance of the Colombian tertiary education system

This chapter examines the current status of quality assurance in Colombia’s tertiary educational system. It does so by looking at the institutions involved, the processes in the certification of programmes and institutions, the history of the quality assurance legislation, and the mechanisms and instruments used for the evaluation of outcomes.

The chapter closes with a summary of main findings and recommendations, including suggestions addressing the need to (i) increase the resources devoted to quality assurance, (ii) achieve independence of organisations involved in quality assurance, and a strengthened role for ICFES (iii) introduce stricter controls for Registration of Qualified Programmes, and (iv) continue the improvement of instruments designed to evaluate outcomes and value added, as in the SABER 11 and new SABER PRO exams.

English Also available in: Spanish

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