What is a Self-Assessment Committee and What Does It Do?
The CPA is an independent assessment committee made up of FGV/EBAPE’s stakeholders, representatives from society (for example, the corporate world) and NGOs, government officials, and representatives from the school’s faculty, administration, and student body as well as from the alumni network. Not only is the CPA responsible for submitting specific required documents to MEC but also for maintaining self-assessment procedures in place on an annual basis.
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).