"We were able to speak in more detail about the various aspects of the reform project, we learned about the most advanced structure, but we have not known any articles, nor any development of the regulations that the project contains," said the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors, Aldo Valle, at the end of the meeting.
The Minister of Finance, Rodrigo Valdés and the Minister of SEGPRES, Nicolás Eyzaguirre, also participated in this meeting.
The meeting between rectors of the CRUCH Executive Committee and the Minister of Education, Adriana Delpiano, lasted for about three hours, in which some of the contents of the Higher Education Reform project were discussed. At the end of the meeting, the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors and rector of the University of Valparaíso (UV), Aldo Valle, said that "this has been the most extensive meeting that we have had so far with the Minister and in it we were able to speak more in detail of the various aspects of the reform project, we learned about the most advanced structure, but we have not known any articles, nor any development of the regulations that the project contains ”.
The CRUCH stated that although some aspects of the project were clarified, there are still doubts on relevant issues such as the baseline financing that the institutions will have. In this matter, the rector Valle argued that, “there must be a significant change. We understand that this change cannot be overnight, so no one is asking for fresh resources for 2017 or 2018, but it is necessary to design goals or arrival points that unfortunately we have not seen today in what we are told. presented as a reform project for higher education in terms of public financing of institutions ”. Along these lines, Valle pointed out that it is necessary to contribute to all universities that have lower baseline funds than what they require, as is the case with regional universities, "which need the support of the State," he added.
Regarding the Superintendency of Higher Education, the Executive Vice President of CRUCH warned that "we still do not know what its powers will be and we are very concerned that these powers will undermine the autonomy of our institutions."
Regarding profit in education, Valle explained that the project stipulates that there can be no profit in institutions that receive public resources, that is, professional institutes, technical training centers and universities. Regarding the latter, the Mineduc stated that the general prohibition would be maintained and the capacity to guarantee this condition would be strengthened. "From CRUCH we believe that there should be no profit in Higher Education at any of its levels, therefore the most effective regulations and legal forms must be established to prevent profit, either with public resources or with private resources", rector Valle emphasized.
In the opinion of the CRUCH spokesperson, one of the advances of the project is the incorporation of professional technical education as a structural component of the higher education system and the strengthening of regulations related to this type of education.
Regarding the date on which the project will be entered into the National Congress, the rector Valle said that the meeting did not specify the day, but that the Ministry of Health assured that it will enter during the month of June.
The meeting was also attended by the Alternate Executive Vice President of CRUCH and rector of the Universidad Católica del Maule, Diego Duran; the rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Claudio Elórtegui; the rector of the Federico Santa María Technical University, Darcy Fuenzalida; the rector of the University of Playa Ancha, Patricio Sanhueza; and Rosa Devés, Vice-rector for Academic Affairs at the University of Chile, representing the rector Ennio Vivaldi. Also present were the General Secretary of CRUCH, María Isabel Munita; the Undersecretary of Education, Valentina Quiroga; the Head of DIVESUP, Alejandra Contreras; and the Mineduc advisor, Rodrigo González, among others.
On the other hand, the bill contemplates the creation of a new admission system for all Higher Education institutions, administered by the future Undersecretary of Education. On this issue, the Executive Vice President of CRUCH affirmed that "from CRUCH we do not support this system passing only to a governmental administrative decision." He specified that "an admission system cannot be conceived on the basis of the decision of that system being exclusively based on the government's will, because a Higher Education system has a structural component in its admission system." For this reason, Valle stated that it is necessary to know the more specific design before being able to issue an approval judgment and added that a proposal in this area must respond to the tradition of independence and autonomy that Higher Education has had to determine the admission system .
The rectors hope to have the complete content of the Higher Education Reform project to analyze it in the next monthly session scheduled for June 30 at the Universidad Católica del Maule (UCM), in Talca.
By CRUCH Communications Area 06.16.2016