A Proposal for Academic Quality Indicators in State Public Universities in Mexico

Martin Pantoja
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Given the ongoing debate about the concept of quality in the field of education, in this study the concept of academic quality of higher education institutions is analyzed through the determinants and dimensions of quality. Due to the boom and high impact of international rankings and the federal policies and programs for higher education in Mexico in recent decades, the public state universities (UPES-in Spanish) have been forced to follow trends and meet academic indicators to validate them before society and ensure access to funds. To take advantage of this moment and direct efforts of UPES towards consolidation of academic quality, an analysis of the indicators used by the major international rankings and the various government agencies and university associations took place. A proposal of academic quality indicators applicable to UPES in Mexico was developed and the proposed indicators were classified according to their scope of correspondence.