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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).