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Title Chile: Is it the end of the road for for-profit post-secondary education?
Author Dr Stephen Darwin - Higher Education Consultant, Chile


Chile was the first country in Latin America to introduce a market-based model and tuition fees for post-secondary education. In 1980, under the influence of emerging US free-market economists, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet opened up the then small and largely elite university system to deregulated private, including for-profit provision.

Today, Chile now has a significant post-secondary system, with around 75% of students attending new private universities, professional institutes and technical colleges created since 1980. However, Chile also now has the highest level of private contributions and lowest public funding per capita in the OECD. There has also been rising social concern about the failure of a number of private institutions, high dropout rates and the inconsistent quality of educational outcomes these institutions are producing. Now the Chilean government is proposing major reforms. What are the details of the government’s plan and how has it been received? Will changes spell the end of for-profit post-secondary education in Chile?

Date 19/06/2015
Region(s) Caribbean, Central & South America
Countries Chile
Theme(s) All Themes

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