A Necessary Hegemonic Relationship? American Accrediting Organizations and their Link with Higher Education in Latin America

María Patricia Moreno Rosano, Rosendo Edgar Gómez Bonilla, Guillermo Alberto Rodríguez Ortiz


The influence of the United States in its diverse manifestations has a
long history in Latin America. While research and academic studies over the
course of recent decades have highlighted the strong influence of the United
States in the international economic and political arenas, few have alluded
to its hegemonic but subtle influence on higher education in the region. The
practices of evaluating and accrediting institutions and educational programs
around the world as a means for society to hold them to account and ensure
compliance with certain quality parameters have predominated throughout the
last three decades. The foregoing would give reason to conclude that the United
States is the nation with the most experience in the evaluation and accreditation
of educational institutions and programs. Recently, this hegemony has taken
another form, with the direct accreditation, by American accreditors, of Latin
American higher education institutions and programs.

Palabras clave

higher education; evaluation; accreditation; hegemony

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ISSN de la edición impresa: 1575-6823
ISSN digital: 2340-2199
Depósito legal: SE 235-2015
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