Bill regulating private tuition advances

A legislative committee approved a bill Tuesday that would regulate the fees and tuition charged by private universities. The measure now goes to the full legislature

The committee, the Comisión Permanente Especial de Ciencia, Tecnología y Educación, approved the concept of having the private institutions under the jurisdiction of the  Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada.

In  addition to tuition, the agency would regulate exam fees, laboratory fees and other expenses. Each major at a university would have to seek accreditation. The  Sistema Nacional de Acreditación de la Educación Superior does this now, but accreditation is voluntary.

Supporters of the bill said that they seek to strengthen the power of the Consejo Nacional and also insure that students receive a quality education.

The higher education institution also would be required to establish clear standards for admitting students and for hiring faculty, according to a summary of the bill, No. 19.549.

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