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1 HARMONIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN CENTRAL AMERICA. Project Launch Meeting ALFA- BRIDGES Dr. Mynor Rene Cord and Cord SICAUS Coordinator / CSUCA Mr. Julio Luna Academic Area Bogotá, Colombia, May 2011

2 CONFEDERATION COLLEGE CENTER Integration American Agency for Public University System that promotes the development of universities through cooperation and joint work with society and the state. Member of the Central American Integration System (SICA) Currently consists of 19 public universities in Central America and Dominican Republic Its governing body is the Central American University Superior Council (CSUCA), composed of the Rectors and Presidents of the student unions of universities that form. Its executive body is the General Secretariat of CSUCA (SG- CSUCA), based in Guatemala.

3 Public and private universities established in the region, by country COUNTRYPUBLIC UNIVERSITIES PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES TOTAL Guatemala 1/ El Salvador 2/ Honduras 3/ Nicaragua 4/ Costa Rica 5/ Panamá 6/ Belice1n.d.1 Rep. Dominicana1910 TOTAL

4 Student enrollment of institutions of higher education state and private in the region, by country COUNTRYTOTALPUBLIC % PRIVATE % TOTAL1,191,937685, ,092 Belice5,7605, Costa Rica202,578121, ,03140 El Salvador124,95642, ,47166 Guatemala170,227117,350/ , Honduras/2147,74098, ,48922 Nicaragua/377,71035, ,39058 Panamá140,655101, ,38328 República Dominicana322,311164, ,93249 Source: Map of Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean / IESALC, 2008 / 1 Department of Registration and Statistics, USAC-2007 / 2 Direction of Higher Education in Honduras / 3 National Accreditation Council

5 PROGRAMS AND PRIORITY AREAS 1. Harmonization, Integration and Regional Academic Mobility. 2. Quality Assurance. 3. Regional Research and Education 4. University Relations - Society - State. 5. Student Life. 6. University Communication and Disclosure

6 REGIONAL SYSTEMS 1. Central American System of Evaluation and Harmonization of Higher Education (SICEVAES) 2. Regional System of Graduate Studies and Research (SICAR) 3. Documentary Information System Central American (SIIDCA) 4. Regional System of Student Life (SIREVA) 5. University System American Society Relations (SICAUS) 6. American University Publishing System (SEDUCA) 7. Network for Studies on Higher Education (Central REESCA)

7 CSUCA Harmonization Agreements LXXXVIII Ordinary Meeting, El Salvador, 24 and 25 September 2009 (1):  Central strategies of the harmonization process: a) Definition of basic general aspects of higher education as a common reference for Central America such as: nomenclature of degrees and titles, definition of credit, length of curriculum for certification, regulation of academic load for students and glossary terms. b) Definition of basic elements of the curriculum of specific courses that serve as reference for the region's universities to align curricula (competency reference) and the promotion of regional academic programs. c) Improving the transparency of qualifications (degrees and diplomas) awarded by university colleges in the region, through actions such as issuing the diploma supplement to the university and the establishment and development of the Regional Information System on Higher Education Central, SIRESCA. d) Convention recognition, equality and mutual recognition of studies, degrees and college degrees among member universities CSUCA. e) Establishment of a regional academic mobility program.

8 CSUCA Harmonization Agreements LXXXVIII Ordinary Meeting, El Salvador, 24 and 25 September 2009 (2):  Establishment of the Regional Allocation and Credit Transfer, American common nomenclature of degrees and diplomas of higher education, regional definition of the duration or extent of the curriculum by titration.  Approval of Academic Credit Central "the unit of measurement of the intensity of workload (teaching load) which is equal to 45 hours for a period of enrollment (school), applied to an activity that has been provided, monitored, evaluated and approved by the teacher, which may include contact hours (theory, practice, laboratory, fieldwork, interactivity), hours blended (work bimodal), hours of independent work and research student. "  Definition, at least two degrees of performance capabilities / profile and / or general skills and specific reference to be acquired by graduates of the same in the region. Currently working with business administration, and during 2011 will start with Civil Engineering and Mathematics.  Creating at least two regional academic programs where faculty and students integrate Central and studies are conducted with a regional focus

9 CSUCA Harmonization Agreements LXXXVIII Ordinary Meeting, El Salvador, 24 and 25 September 2009 (3): Issuing the Diploma Supplement or a college degree that briefly describes the basic features of the curriculum of the race. Establishment of Regional Information System on Higher Education Central SIRESCA. Approval of the text of the proposal for a Regional Convention for the recognition of studies, diplomas, degrees and qualifications between member universities CSUCA.

10 CSUCA Harmonization Agreements LXXXVIII Ordinary Meeting, El Salvador, 24 and 25 September 2009 (4): Establishment of a Regional Academic Mobility and Student actions starting with small-scale mobility of resources from the same university members and which can be obtained from cooperating agencies for specific actions of mobility within and outside the region. Delegation of SICEVAES (degree) and the SICAR (graduate), with coordination of the SG-CSUCA for the monitoring of strategies, actions and academic goals for regional harmonization, as defined in the agreement. Establishment of a Commission member universities support, monitoring and encouraging the harmonization process.

11 CSUCA Harmonization Agreements LXXXVIII Ordinary Meeting, El Salvador, 24 and 25 September 2009 (5): Promotion and awareness to members of the university community about the need for harmonization Making strategic alliances that facilitate and support the process of harmonization and regional academic mobility, institutions and national, regional and international. Resource management and modification of the regulatory frameworks for universities to realize the harmonization and academic mobility in the region. Implementation of measures necessary for the implementation of the proposed issue in the Central American Integration to join in the races of the member universities, with the gradual and flexible criteria, according to the characteristics and circumstances of each university and each discipline or career to train future professionals in the region with Central and identity and vision to take firm steps to the recognition of American citizenship.

12 REGIONAL AGENCIES OF ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION American Council on Accreditation (CCA) American System of Evaluation and Harmonization of Higher Education (SICEVAES) Regional System of Graduate Studies and Research (SICAR) Association of Private Universities of Central America (AUPRICA) Central Accreditation Agency of Higher Education in the Agri-Food and Natural Resources (ACES) Central Accreditation Agency of Architecture and Engineering (ACAAI) Central Agency for Accreditation of Graduate Programs (ACAP)

13 NATIONAL AGENCIES IN EVALUATION AND ACCREDITATION National Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (SINAES), Costa Rica. Commission on Accreditation (CoA), El Salvador. Agency Accreditation Program of Engineering and Architecture (AAPI), Association of Engineers and Architects of Costa Rica. National Assessment and Accreditation of Panama (CONEAUPA) Nicaraguan Council Education Accreditation (NCEA) Honduran System of Higher Education Accreditation (SHAE)

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