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ERIC Number: EJ815444
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-10
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
A Troubled Mexican Institution Starts to Turn a Corner
Campbell, Monica
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n7 pA28 Oct 2008
Nestled in the mountainous, southeastern Mexican state of Puebla, the University of the Americas-Puebla has been a distinguished institution with close ties to the United States. It was a popular study-abroad choice and enjoyed accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. However, under the tenure of Pedro Angel Palou Garcia, its former rector who was hired in 2005, troubles mounted. Several departments were nearly halved, with the most-severe faculty cuts made in the communications, international-relations, and economics departments, the latter once home to some of Mexico's better-known economists. Some 300 employees were fired or forced to resign, including 60 professors. In December 2006, the Southern Association gave the university a warning, citing concerns over its finances and administration. In March, Luis Ernesto Derbez, 61, became the university's new rector. Derbez says he knows the university must change, but says it will take time to regain people's trust. In this article, the author discusses the university's efforts to restore its good standing, particularly in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico