Evaluative process of the quality of higher education

By: José Garth Medina

The University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN) is in the process of preparing to comply with what is maintained by the National Council for Evaluation and Accreditation (CNEA), which is prepared to comply with the actions required by Law 704, "Law processing the national system for the assurance of the quality of education and regulatory of the CNEA" , such verifiers will visit URACCAN from next April.

One of the core points on which URACCAN works is research and accompaniment to Caribbean society, as explained by the Msc. Marbel Baltodano, Director of Evaluation at URACCAN.

According to the civil service of URACCAN it is intended to prioritize the performance of the minimum aspects established by Law 704, so that universities can be considered institutions of Higher Education, this has to do with the issue of infrastructure, teaching, research and community extension, "they will be checking, classrooms, desks, bibliographies, reagents in our laboratories, that is what the CNEA will be seeing to see if we have those needs covered" " remarked Master Baltodano.

URACCAN ready for the evaluation process

According to teacher Baltodano, URACCAN is more than ready "because it has met the improvement plan by 90%, but it is still reviewed that we are all articulated, because we do not come to see a single area, and it is not yet known which area will be visited and we must be prepared to receive the CNEA to demonstrate what we have" Assured.

In addition, Baltodano said that the verifiers are expected to arrive in April, which is why institutional planning has been underway to achieve law requirements, for the accreditation and evaluation process from the CNEA.

URACCAN was the third university in the country to deliver in a timely and form the Improvement Plan to that instance, it is expected to be one of the first universities to be visited by the verification ministry, detailed.

URACCAN as a higher education institution has considered that these evaluation processes should be aimed at strengthening the Intercultural Higher Education of indigenous Afro-descendant peoples of the Caribbean Coast Nicaragua and Abya Yala, and measured differently from other universities because of their intercultural communicative nature.