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ERIC Number: ED502756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-17
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation as an Incentive for Internationalization: A South American Case Study
Landoni, Pablo; Roane, Warren
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Higher Education (Atlanta, GA, Mar 17-20, 2005)
This paper considers the history and purposes of accreditation in the United States, examines its basic elements, and notes its tendency to encompass ever-increasing geographic areas. It contrasts those with the experience of Uruguay within MERCOSUR and its history of accreditation. In order to make this comparison across both regions, the focus was on the negotiation of engineering standards. Several lessons can be learned from MERCOSUR's accreditation process. The first is that accreditation can be an interesting model to increase internationalization of university programs. Accreditation opens an opportunity for cooperation between the State and the universities due to the international challenge. The gain of having an "international recognition of quality" mobilizes resources both within the institutions and among them, and it also improves their relationship with the State. Being part of international networks and being able to receive international resources has provided important incentives for quality assurance. Finally, both regions can learn from each other. The U.S. can learn from the MERCOSUR's approach to accreditation where the focus is on the institutional context, specific academic projects, human resources, and infrastructure available. The MERCOSUR, in turn, can learn to embrace outcomes, particularly of students and internal efficiency (graduation rates), as part of accreditation, as in the U.S. process.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Uruguay