In Santiago, the Academic Vice-Rectors and representatives of the Cruch universities met to take stock of the year, review the scope and conclusions of three studies commissioned by the Vice-Rectors Committee.
Presenting the conclusions of three studies commissioned by the Committee of Academic Vice-Rectors and discussing the pending challenges for Cruch universities were the main objectives of the meeting of Vice-Rectors of the Council's universities, held on January 7 and 8 in Santiago.
At the meeting, the findings of three investigations were announced: The first, on Curricular Innovation, was led by Roxana Pey and Francisco Durán from the University of Chile and Cenda. The second one, on Teacher Training, by Andrés Bernasconi and Paula Clasing from Ceppe-UC and the third, on Equity and Retention, developed by Lorena López and Paulina Pérez, from Usach.
In addition, the Academic Vice Chancellor of the Usach, Fernanda Kri, gave an account of the progress of the SCT-Chile project. At the meeting, he pointed out that by 2014 the 60% of Cruch races will be operating under this system.
The studies indicated reflected how ministerial programs - based on the absence of clear guidelines, regulations and policies - have generated fragmentation in the higher education system. Despite this segmentation scenario, it is recognized that the Council of Rectors must take charge of their progress, in terms of proposals, justification, progress and joint tasks; developing a joint route understandable to all and that can be observed and evaluated ensuring an adequate and sustained rhythm. It is imperative for everyone to recognize that there is a favorable scenario to articulate higher education policy proposals. These judgments are shared when analyzing the progress in the processes of curricular innovation, initial teacher training and equity programs.
The day was closed by the rector of the University of La Frontera, Sergio Bravo, who recognized the relevance of the contribution of the studies and debates of the vice-rectors to contribute to the design of the changes, stating that now there are spaces to build new proposals and ensuring that as Council of Rectors it is expected to contribute in these directions.