Injured University Autonomy
There is a huge injury to university autonomy. () It is dangerous to democracy that give so much power to an Executive Agency, without checks by judicial organs. The proposal gives a strong punitive capacity to the Ministry, but you have to be careful because it can really lead to abuses, said Isaza. The proposed reform to the law 30 of 1992 did not fall well between the University sector, which enlists a draft law itself. University autonomy, universities with non-profit and insufficient resources, topics of debate.
The proposed reform of the higher education Act (law 30 of 1992) that President Juan Manuel Santos submitted few days ago left the rectors of public and private universities, as well as surprised with a distaste and a cloud of questions. Government and universities agree on the need to reform the sector to respond to new social, economic, technological, demographic and cultural dynamics that the country is experiencing, very different to that There were 18 years ago when the law was enacted. The increase in coverage has been one of the great weaknesses of the sector. Do even if the number of students in universities rose from 1? 040.000, in 2002, to 1? 750,000 in 2009, in the country there are 3? 200,000 young people who do not have access to higher education. In addition, each year 600,000 new Bachelors out to sue vocational training.This problem, which must inevitably be accompanied by additional resources, motivated the Government to include controversial proposals such as the creation of for-profit universities within the reform and allow the companies to invest in public higher education institutions.The proposal did not fall very well among public and private universities. The rectors, who regrets not having been consulted, analysed in detail, and with reserve, 164 articles of the initiative of the Government. They plan to bring before the Congress of the Republic a draft statutory reform which condense your position on the issue.However, Jose Fernando Isaza, rector of the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and President of the Colombian Association of universities (ASCUN), highlights several points of the proposal considered positive issues such as internationalization and educational credits.Is a significant advance in the recognition of the Government that it is not possible that a student can pay all of a credit without a subsidy, it says Isaza.De anyway, there are more concerns that leaves the proposal, especially on the financial issues and of university autonomy, which undoubtedly will be two of the most widely discussed in the spaces that the Ministry of education is open to receive the contributions of those who are interested in discussing the proposal before be filed in the Congreso.El problem is recursosDesde several years public universities have demanded government recognition and reimbursement of the money invested to increase coverage in the past 13 years.