The Contract-Programs in Universities: Lessons from the International Comparison


  • Ana M. García de Fanelli Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad



In 2005, the Ministry of Education of Argentina launched a new policy to allocate public funds to national universities: the contractualization policy. Its purpose is to allocate funds to improve teaching quality based on an institutional plan defined by each university. It is expected that this plan addresses the main weaknesses detected during the external assessment coordinated by the National Committee of University Assessment and Accrediting (CONEAU). This paper presents the main findings of a research project carried out to help in the design of this contractualization policy. The two most important antecedents, the French and the Catalonian cases, are examined through the study of official documents, on-site observation of the French negotiation processes, and interviews with government and university key officials. The study concludes with the main lessons learned from these experiences and shows that this mechanism has clear advantages when aligning the strategic objectives that the government and universities have, in order to improve university quality.


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Author Biography

Ana M. García de Fanelli, Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad

Ana M. García de Fanelli es Doctora y Licenciada en Economía (Universidad de Buenos Aires) y Magíster en Ciencias Sociales (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). Se desempeña como investigadora del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) y dirige el Área de investigaciones sobre Educación Superior en el Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Se desempeña además como profesora en el nivel de grado en las Universidades de Buenos Aires y San Andrés y en otros cursos de postgrado en universidades nacionales y privadas de la Argentina. Es asimismo consultora del Instituto Internacional de Planeamiento de la Educación, UNESCO (IIPE-UNESCO, Buenos Aires). Ha publicado numerosos trabajos sobre: políticas comparadas de educación superior en América latina, gestión de las universidades públicas y financiamiento universitario



How to Cite

García de Fanelli, A. M. (2006). The Contract-Programs in Universities: Lessons from the International Comparison. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 14, 11.