In response to the need for tertiary-level studies in Central America over the past decades, we’ve seen many new colleges and universities open their doors to deal with the continually growing number of applicants. This response came mainly from the region’s private sector and happened without much regulatory oversight.
It was traditionally the responsibility of individual states or state-sponsored colleges and universities to safeguard the quality of education and degrees offered by a country’s institution of post-secondary education. We could see, however, that the poorly equipped and relatively small governments and academic institutions in Central America had enormous difficulty in reacting to the huge growth in the need for tertiary education, let alone that they could monitor or assess the new institutions’ quality of their educational programs.
Remember that it were mostly private institutions that had responded to the increased student demand for continued education. The consequence was that the quality of the schools and the educational programs offered at the region’s colleges, universities, and professional schools shows an immense variation. Many citizens questioned the standards and and demanded for all social classes equal access to standardized quality education and instruction.Read More