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ERIC Number: ED462886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Comparison of Indicators of Educational Quality among Institutions of Higher Education in El Salvador.
Munoz, Marco A.; Egginton, Everett
El Salvador has a new higher education law that established minimum requirements for educational quality. Analyzing data from El Salvador's 39 private universities made available by the country's Ministry of Education, this study assesses educational quality among these universities, especially addressing the effect of the size of the university on the quality of education. Eight indicators of quality were assessed. The data were collected with a survey designed and administered by the Ministry of Education. Principal component factor analysis was used to identify clusters of highly correlated indicators, and comparison of means was used to determine quality differences by size. Small institutions had higher rankings--lower ratios--in the following indicators of quality: overall student to faculty ratio, full-time student to full-time faculty ratio, students to computer ratio, and students to computers connected to the Internet ratio. Large institutions had higher rankings in these areas of quality: library holdings, percentage of full-time faculty, percentage of faculty with 5 more years teaching experience, and percentage of faculty with graduate degrees. Middle sized institutions were in the middle on all indicators of educational quality. Overall, there was considerable variation among all the universities assessed, indicating a wide variation of education quality among universities within their size group. Principal component factor analysis identified three clusters of variables linked to quality: time, interaction, and faculty. Implications for policy and administrative practice are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 20 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: El Salvador