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Public policy on access and quality of higher education: Private-public reality in Colombia

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The paper explores recent Colombian public policy for increased access and quality of higher education (HE) as a potential force in creating isomorphic and distinctive patterns among HE institutions. Taking account of inter-sectoral (public/private) and intra-sectoral (within the PHE) dimensions, Levy (1986)’s typology and some concepts from the new institutionalism, the paper attempts to identify and understand where isomorphism and diversity are at play (Levy, 2006a) as a possible result of Government undertakings.

Colombia makes an interesting case where PHE has historically and enormously contributed to the growth of the system. It is also a sector of notable diversity in types of institutions, size, objectives, and levels of HE. With the establishment of a quality assurance system in 2001 and further policy efforts, the state’s role has significantly grown, both as a promoter of quality and relevance and as a controller of institutions’ performance.

Through the new institutionalism perspective (DiMaggio & Powell, 1991), it would be argued that the actions of the Colombian government bind colleges into dealing with standardized quality conditions that lead to homogenization of structures and processes (e.g. standards by fields of study, limited denominations of engineering degrees, a national examination for quality assessment). As this appears to be a reality of some policy features in the Colombian HE landscape, the paper suggests that some policy strategies on quality, relevance and access also spur distinctiveness and institutional diversity. This trend puts forward that Colombian HE institutions pursue technical rationality and competition in facing government regulations and incentives.

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private higher education, quality, new institutionalism
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Uribe, Lina. "Public policy on access and quality of higher education: Private-public reality in Colombia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487199_index.html>

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Uribe, L. "Public policy on access and quality of higher education: Private-public reality in Colombia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p487199_index.html

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Abstract: The paper explores recent Colombian public policy for increased access and quality of higher education (HE) as a potential force in creating isomorphic and distinctive patterns among HE institutions. Taking account of inter-sectoral (public/private) and intra-sectoral (within the PHE) dimensions, Levy (1986)’s typology and some concepts from the new institutionalism, the paper attempts to identify and understand where isomorphism and diversity are at play (Levy, 2006a) as a possible result of Government undertakings.

Colombia makes an interesting case where PHE has historically and enormously contributed to the growth of the system. It is also a sector of notable diversity in types of institutions, size, objectives, and levels of HE. With the establishment of a quality assurance system in 2001 and further policy efforts, the state’s role has significantly grown, both as a promoter of quality and relevance and as a controller of institutions’ performance.

Through the new institutionalism perspective (DiMaggio & Powell, 1991), it would be argued that the actions of the Colombian government bind colleges into dealing with standardized quality conditions that lead to homogenization of structures and processes (e.g. standards by fields of study, limited denominations of engineering degrees, a national examination for quality assessment). As this appears to be a reality of some policy features in the Colombian HE landscape, the paper suggests that some policy strategies on quality, relevance and access also spur distinctiveness and institutional diversity. This trend puts forward that Colombian HE institutions pursue technical rationality and competition in facing government regulations and incentives.


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