ERIC Number: ED330235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
University, Autonomy, Accountability in Brazil: A Couple of Challenges for the Decade.
Planning for the higher education system in the past involved designing, implementing, and evaluating a set of envisaged policies, strategies and operational actions for the medium and long-run. In Brazil, however, this sort of planning was virtually abandoned and replaced by short-term planning, partly as a result of the interplay of political forces and political options which did not identify expansion of public schooling as a priority, and other contributory factors, such as diminishing economic growth rates and an increasing foreign debt. Policies adopted by the Brazilian government over the last two decades inadequately dealt with several problems encountered by the system, including the governance, autonomy and accountability of public universities. After an introduction, the second section reviews the evolution of higher education policies in Brazil in recent years. The third section discusses some features of the relationship between public universities and the state with regard to autonomy, governance and accountability, and the final section addresses some of the challenges that are posed by rendering public universities accountable to society. Sixteen references are included. (LPT)
Descriptors: Accountability, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Enrollment, Foreign Countries, Governance, Government School Relationship, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy, Policy, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Private Sector, Problems, Public Colleges, Public Sector, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Brazil; Latin America
Note: Prepared for the Round Table on Planning and Management for Excellence and Efficiency in Higher Education, International Congress on Planning and Management of Educational Development sponsored by UNESCO (Mexico City, Mexico, March 26-30, 1990).