The Council of Rectors highlighted its commitment to working on those strategies that allow a timely degree -which is defined as the formal duration plus one year- and a decrease in university dropouts, pointing out at the same time generating changes in the formal duration of the careers requires an agreement as a country.
While the Minister of Education presented a new proposal for the calculation of the referential tariff and invited the Council of Rectors to a joint work on the subject.
Thursday, May 31, 2012. In Puerto Montt the monthly plenary session of the CRUCH was held, where the exchange of documents agreed with the Mineduc took place. On the one hand, the Executive Vice President of the Council, Juan Manuel Zolezzi, explained the details of the report on the duration of the careers, and on the other, the Minister of Education, Harald Beyer, made a presentation on the proposal for a new system of fees for reference.
Regarding the report on the duration of the careers, the CRUCH proposed two lines of work: one that has to do with deepening the timely qualification concentrating on the reduction of desertion and another line, which is related to committing with the MINEDUC in converging in a shortening line that would allow some careers to reach the standards that are established in the OECD countries.
The Council proposed a 5-year itinerary to comply with the proposal to shorten careers and in its study pointed out that it is essential to make the distinction that in some countries they talk about shorter careers but they do not talk about careers but degrees, which is very different from delivering a career that grants an enabling professional title where the person goes directly to work and does not have to continue studying.
On this issue, the Vice President of CRUCH added that “the length of time in all careers could not necessarily be reduced, as it depends on whether what we want is for the person to finish with a professional qualifying degree or to finish with an academic degree and have to Keep studying".
The Minister of Education, Harald Beyer, said that the ministry wanted to have quick results in this matter because it is something of first necessity for the Chilean family. “We want to advance quickly in this matter, in prudent terms, but we want to have shorter careers, that students graduate in a timely manner, that the careers are not prolonged because that affects their pockets, those of their family and eventually the State when it supports to the students, ”he explained.
Regarding the reference fees, the Minister presented a formula that allows knowing the expected value that the student will have as future payment of the degree and what the value that the degree will contribute to him means. Beyer pointed out that the objective of the reference fees is to regulate the relevance of the races to what the rector Zolezzi pointed out that it is "an issue that worries but is not valid for all races."
The CRUCH spokesperson pointed out that the council is going to “analyze the simulations that the ministry has done, we are going to ask for them if there are any, but we are going to have to do them ourselves. The minister said that there was no great rush on this issue, he was interested in making progress but it did not necessarily have an immediate urgency "
Finally, on the subject of the Superintendency, Rector Zolezzi pointed out that the project does not respond to what was at one time the aspiration to regulate the issue of profit. "We think that the issue of quality should have been included and since the project has not been approved, a concrete possibility is to improve it."