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Mexican higher education at a crossroads: Topics for a new agenda in public policies
Higher Education Forum (2009)
  • Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes
  • Manuel Gil-Antón
  • Laura E. Padilla-González
  • Juan J. Sevilla-García
  • Jorge G. Martínez-Stack
  • José L. Arcos-Vega

After a period of unregulated growth from the 1960s to the late 1980s, public Mexican higher education came to be perceived as a "disaster zone" by the federal government. Starting at that point, several public policies seeking to improve its quality, social pertinence, efficiency and equity have implemented. While impacting positively Mexican higher education in many respects, such policies have had unintended negative effects and, it is contended, they are currently having diminishing gains. This paper identifies six topics that the next generation of public policies should consider if public Mexican higher education is to evolve into a stage in which its current shortcomings are diminished and its social pertinence improved: the evaluation of public policies, the increasing complexity of the system, its coordination, its openness, the role of financial resources and, finally, the academic profession.

  • Mexican higher education,
  • Public policies,
  • System-wide change.
Publication Date
Spring March 1, 2009
Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University
Hiroshima University
Citation Information
Jesús F. Galaz-Fontes, Manuel Gil-Antón, Laura E. Padilla-González, Juan J. Sevilla-García, et al.. "Mexican higher education at a crossroads: Topics for a new agenda in public policies" 1st.HiroshimaHigher Education Forum Vol. 6 (2009)
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