The Effects of Accountability on Higher Education

30 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2007 Last revised: 16 Jul 2009

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Marcelo Rezende

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Date Written: June 29, 2009

Abstract

This paper analyzes the effects of a higher education accountability system in Brazil. For each discipline, colleges were assigned a grade that depended on the scores of their students on the ENC, an annual mandatory exam. These grades were then disclosed to the public and colleges were rewarded or penalized based on them. I find that the ENC had a positive effect on the education and the proportion of full-time faculty and that it increased the number of vacancies offered, applicants and enrollments. Colleges were affected differently depending on grades, ownership and academic organization, changing the distribution of students among them.

Keywords: Accountability, Higher Education

JEL Classification: I20, I23, I28

Suggested Citation

Rezende, Marcelo, The Effects of Accountability on Higher Education (June 29, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=976479 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.976479

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