Sara Fernández López: Marketisation in Spanish University System: What are the Effects of New Act of Universities (2001)?

Sara Fernández López: Marketisation in Spanish University System: What are the Effects of New Act of Universities (2001)?

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Over the last two decades, serious problems in the modus operandi of the university have been proven. One of the way that are using some higher education systems to solve them is seeking funding mechanisms and measures that introduce and increase the importance of the market forces and criteria in the university management. In any case, it is an unavoidable trend.

The Spanish university has also undergone these changes. Thus, some regional governments use mechanisms based on the objectives of performance and quality to allocate funds among universities. As the same time, Programs of Evaluation of the Quality have been implemented. On the other hand, one of the objectives pursued by the Spanish government with the new Act of Universities (2001) is to increase the diversity between institutions.

This work discuss the marketisation degree of Spanish university and it is compared with the position of Dutch higher education system. The comparison between both systems takes into account political measures, resulted from the new Act of Universities, that directly determine the autonomy of institutions.

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