Rethinking Quality Assurance for Higher Education in Brazil
This review examines the external systems in place to assure the quality of higher
education in Brazil. It highlights the relative success of the Brazilian quality assurance
model in regulating market entry for private operators in Brazil, which cater to over
70% of students. But it also calls into question the effectiveness of existing systems
to monitor the quality of undergraduate programmes and institutions and the ability
of public authorities to act decisively to protect students from bad quality education.
The report analyses the systems that regulate the launch of new higher education institutions
and programmes and evaluates quality assessment mechanisms for existing programmes
and institutions. It also looks at the structures allowing public authorities to intervene
to end or improve poor quality provision.
The review offers policy recommendations. It proposes a more differentiated system
of quality assurance. It also recommends significant modifications to the design and
purpose of the National Examination of Student Performance (ENADE).
This work was requested by the National Commission for Evaluation of Higher Education
(CONAES) and CAPES, the federal body responsible for quality assurance and funding
of postgraduate education.
Published on December 21, 2018
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