Marcelo Parreira do AmaralLúcia Bruno

Evaluation systems in education: Quality, equity, and efficiency of higher education in Brazil


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This paper discusses the evaluation of higher education (HE) in Brazil; after presenting a short overview of HE evaluation in the country from the 1990s onwards, it asks questions as to the impact of evaluation systems on the relevance of education, on racial and regional equity, and on efficacy. By reviewing official statistical and quantitative data on a range of indicators, the paper questions not only the quality, but also the equity and the efficiency of HE in Brazil. We are furthermore concerned with discussing the rationales behind the introduction of evaluation systems in the country, since the current ‘regulatory evaluation’ seems to follow an international ‘call for accountability’. The concluding section discusses different theoretical perspectives on this development.