Introduction to the special issue: Student experience in Latin American higher education




student experience, higher education, Latin America


In this introduction, the guest editors present an overview of the 11 articles that make up the special issue on student experience in Latin American higher education. The introduction provides context about the higher education sector in Latin America, draws attention to the main features of the articles, and highlights common themes across them. The guest editors also comment on the parallels and contrasts with the student experience discussed by the literature from other geographical locations. Based on the preparation and publication of the special issue, suggestions for further research are provided.


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Author Biographies

Maria Veronica Santelices, Catholic University of Chile

Associate professor of the Faculty of Education of the Catholic University of Chile. Her work has been published in specialized journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, Educational Psychological Measurement and Higher Education. Her interests combine measurement and educational policies, focusing on access and performance issues in higher education. Her research has been funded by the National Research and Development Agency of Chile, through Fondecyt and Milenio projects, and by the Ministry of Education through FONIDE projects. She is the author of the books The Quest for Equity in Chile's Higher Education: Decades of Continued Efforts (Lexington Books) and Equity in Higher Education. Design and Results of Access Programs in Selective Universities (Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile and CEPPE UC). She received her PhD in education from the University of California Berkeley and a master's in public policy from the same university.

Sergio Celis, University of Chile

Assistant professor at the School of Engineering and Sciences of the University of Chile. His research focuses on higher education, particularly on science and technology. His main lines of research are the experience of students in the first years of engineering and science, the teaching of mathematics in open access institutions, academic experience in graduate programs, academic work, and research policies. He is the vice president of the Chilean Society for Engineering Education (SOCHEDI). He is a civil industrial engineer from the University of Chile and a PhD in higher education from the University of Michigan.




How to Cite

Santelices, M. V., & Celis, S. (2022). Introduction to the special issue: Student experience in Latin American higher education. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (59).



Student Experience in Latin American Higher Education