ERIC Number: ED410825
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Approaches to Evaluation and Incentive Funding in U.S. and Mexican Higher Education. "Understanding the Differences": A Working Paper Series on Higher Education in the U.S. and Mexico. Working Paper #1.
Ewell, Peter T.; Kent, Rollin
This paper explores efforts of Mexico and the United States to obtain a significant return on their investment in postsecondary education. The authors establish a context for comparison between Mexico and the United States and discuss the challenges and central policy dilemmas that each country faces in implementing the policy tools of evaluation and incentive funding. Compared to the United States, Mexico's system of higher education is less developed both administratively and academically. Following a 20-year period of enormous growth and a decade of fiscal and political neglect, the Salinas administration initiated a strong proactive set of policies in the 1990s that were novel and in contrast to prevailing academic culture in Mexico. In the United States, while similar trends were experienced, these occurred in a large and decentralized system with much experience in institutional planning and evaluation and the changes occurred over a longer time period. The growth of performance assessment and conditional or incentive funding as policy instruments in both countries results from the use of these approaches as tools for government to direct or steer higher education. This paper explores how implementation has varied in the two countries and experiences and future directions for accountability and categorical funding mechanisms are explored. (Contains 14 references.) (JLS)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Cooperation, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Evaluation Methods, Finance Reform, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Incentive Grants, Resource Allocation
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, P.O. Box 9752, Boulder, CO 80301-9752; phone: 303-541-0290; fax: 303-541-0291; http://www.wiche.edu ($8 plus $4 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; United States