A study of value judgements in evaluations of undergraduate programs in Argentina

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Claudio Marcelo Larrea


The evaluation of the quality of higher education is a key issue involving a diverse array of factors, a fact which necessitates a revision of the accreditation policies and systems already systematized and embedded in Argentina. Accreditation of undergraduate programs consists of recognizing that an academic program meets certain basic quality standards and criteria previously established. This research analyzes the makeup and creation of accreditation standards for Biochemistry programs in Argentina. The present research is exploratory, qualitative and quantitative, and it is of a descriptive-interpretative nature. A documentary analysis of the regulation that approves the accreditation standards for this program was carried out.The results demonstrate differences in the makeup of said standards in terms of the number of objects or components of evaluation and the number of variables associated with each one of these. As regards their creation, regulation standards comply with construct, measurement and formal requirements to a lesser extent than in their disaggregate form as objects and variables of evaluation.

Keywords: Standards; accreditation; makeup; creation; undergraduate programs.


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