What is a Self-Assessment Committee and What Does It Do?
This concept was introduced by Law n. 10.861 that established Brazil’s National Higher Education Assessment System (SINAES) whose objectives are, under this law:
a) to identify the merits and value of institutions, areas, courses and programs in terms of teaching, research, extension, management, administration, training and qualifications;
b) to upgrade the quality of higher education, steering the expansion of its supply; and
c) to foster social accountability among institutions of higher education, respecting their institutional identity and autonomy.
The Self-Assessment Committee is a tool deployed by institutions of higher education in pursuit of these objectives. Other options include: external assessments, the census and the disclosure of information on institutions of higher education through their registration data with the Ministry of Education (MEC).