ERIC Number: EJ851161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
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Guidance Services in Spanish Universities
Vidal, Javier; Diez, Gloria; Vieira, Maria J.
Tertiary Education and Management, v9 n4 p267-280 Dec 2003
Since the 80s, higher education in Spain has undergone important modifications such as greater autonomy, expansion in the number of students and the introduction of more flexible programmes. In this context, guidance services have proliferated in an unstructured way. This paper presents a description of guidance services in Spanish universities and the main innovations they have developed. Two sources of information have been used: institutional websites; and telephone interviews to those in charge of guidance services at Spanish universities. The study concludes that guidance services are in a dynamic situation, characterised by the introduction of innovations at some universities in order to be more cost-effective and to adapt to a more varied student population. However, the lack of a legislative framework for guidance, and the limited interest shown by institutional authorities, indicate the necessity of debating the importance given to guidance services and their impact on quality levels within the higher education system.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Guidance, Universities, Web Sites, Interviews, Telecommunications, Educational Innovation, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Quality, Guidance Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Spain