Basic data

Name: Advanced Course of Evaluation, Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Higher Education of Ecuador. Directed to university professors with profile of peer evaluators.
Dates: From Friday 11 from January to Saturday 27 from April from 2019



160 hours (128 in the classroom and 32 for autonomous work outside the classroom)

Schedule: From Friday and Saturday from 09h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00

registration: Until Monday 7 of January of 2019 or until exhausting quotas.

Start of classes: Friday 11 of January of 2019 (start of the first module)

Course closure: Saturday 27 of April of 2019 (end of the fourth module)

Quota: Minimum of 25 and maximum of 35 participants


Between the final decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, public and private organizations responsible for evaluating and monitoring the quality of the work of universities multiplied in the world. Although there are positive trends in this growing concern for the evaluation of academic work, the proliferation rankings The emergence of a diverse range of indicators and quality standards, sometimes from the business world, has sparked a broad debate over the markedly quantitative and unilateral biases of many of these evaluation processes.

The first evaluation attempt of higher education institutions in Ecuador was made from the 2000 year, but its true institutionalization came with the 14 Mandate, promulgated by the Constituent Assembly of 2008, and then with the evaluation of institutions carried out in general or partial form by CEAACES between 2013 and 2017. Currently, with the reform of the LOES of August of 2018, there is a mandate to elaborate a new proposal of "model" (or tool) for the university evaluation that should be carried out as of mid-year 2019. This new instrument for evaluation is in the process of discussion, feeds on the lessons learned in recent years and the deep debate that has arisen since the implementation of the CEAACES evaluation in the 2013 year. The entity in charge of this new evaluation process for higher education institutions is CEAACES, the Higher Education Quality Assurance Council, created in August of 2018 to replace CEAACES.

The current update course is aimed at university teachers who are interested in becoming "peer evaluators" in the next process of evaluating the quality of Ecuador's higher education institutions. Its objective is to provide a critical perspective on the processes of university evaluation in Ecuador. It will address the conceptual debates, the historical trajectory, the legal tools, the evaluation models used in Ecuador and the new roles of peer reviewers, as they were designed in previous years and as they are conceived in the new evaluation policy (August of 2018) prepared by CEAACES.


The objective of the course is to provide a critical perspective on the evaluation models of higher education institutions used in Ecuador, discuss their conceptual bases, their legal frameworks, the different methodological tools used and emphasize the new roles that peer reviewers have to comply within the framework of the new evaluation policy developed by CACES in the 2018 year.

The evaluation of higher education institutions is impossible without university teachers who assume the tasks of "evaluating peer" endowed with critical perspective, with attitudinal skills of listening and accompaniment to the evaluation process, as well as with knowledge about the concepts, history and methodological tools of the institutional evaluation and on the university situation of the country.


The modules will be taught by specialist trainers in the various topics addressed by the academic content of the course. This advanced course is developed under a face-to-face regime, organized in four modules of 40 hours each one that will be taught in eight sessions of 16 hours each. The sessions, as far as possible, will take place on Fridays and Saturdays between 9h00 and 18h00. In each of the four modules, eight hours of autonomous work are provided for the preparation of monographs with practical exercises.

Each session will be based on analysis of the compulsory readings, exhibitions of the trainer, debate in classes and practical exercises. Each trainer can propose, in addition, presentations in classes of students and work in groups.

To approve the course, each participant must prepare a final paper at the end of each module and must certify the reading of the compulsory bibliography provided in the syllabus.


  • Module 1
    Conceptual and Historical Module
    Dates:11, 12, 25 and 26 for January of 2019
    Duration:40 hours: 32 hours class in classroom and 8 hours autonomous work.
    Trainers:Francisco Salgado Arteaga. Carlos Rojas Reyes.

    The objective of this module is to introduce the participants in the philosophical, legal and political debates about the most important concepts that guide the evaluation of higher education institutions. At the same time it is expected to offer a basic overview of the history of the Ecuadorian university system and the main characteristics of the system at present

  • Module 2
    Evaluations and new roles of the evaluating pair
    Dates:13, 14 15 and 16 February of 2019
    Duration:40 hours: 32 hours class in classroom and 8 hours autonomous work.
    Trainers:Mariana lima

    The main objective of the module is to discuss the different evaluation models that have been used in Ecuador, put them into theoretical perspective and discuss the role that peer reviewers fulfilled in the application of these models in the case of the evaluation of the 2013 year. Finally, the module will seek to present and discuss the new roles expected from peer reviewers within the framework of the new university evaluation policy defined in the year 2018

  • Module 3
    Legal aspects of the evaluation process
    Dates:8, 9, 22 and 23 March of 2019
    Duration:40 hours: 32 hours class in classroom and 8 hours autonomous work.
    Trainers:Emilia Rivadeneira

    The module aims to make a comparative study of the legal framework on the university system and related to the evaluation of higher education institutions from the 2008 year to the present. Special emphasis will be given to the study of the recent reforms of the 2018 year and the issuance of new regulations related to the subject.

  • Module 4
    New tools, approaches and indicators for the university evaluation in Ecuador, 2019
    Dates:5, 6, 26 and 27 for April of 2019
    Duration:40 hours: 32 hours class in classroom and 8 hours autonomous work.
    Trainers:Ana María Burbano

    The objective of the module is to present and critically discuss the new methodological tools, the new theoretical approaches and the new indicators foreseen for the evaluation of higher education institutions to be carried out in the 2019 year. It is hoped that participants will be able to familiarize themselves, examine the limitations and detect the potentialities of the new approach proposed by CACES.


Admission profile:

  • Teachers from the universities and polytechnic schools legally established in Ecuador will be admitted in the course of university evaluation. at least 5 years of experience in those functions. They must submit their updated CV, with emphasis on experience as teachers, researchers and any activity related to the field of university evaluation. May also participate retired university teachers. In the case of current teachers in a university or polytechnic school, they must have a certification that they will have institutional permission to attend the face-to-face sessions.

Output profile:

  • By passing the course, the participant will be able to apply critically the new tools of university evaluation in Ecuador. The participant will know the legal, conceptual, academic and political implications of the application of these tools, and will be able to adapt them with flexibility and criteria of accompaniment to the specific situation of the various Ecuadorian university institutions.


Registration for the course is USD. $ 400,00 value that includes enrollment and class materials.

Payment options

UDA participants (teachers)

The automatic rebate will be made to the payment role, once you check the "Discount payment card" box when making your online registration:

  • Course value ($ 400.00) in four installments of $ 100.00 each, the months January, February, March and April 2019.

External participants

  • Payment in the Treasury of the University

- Cash

- With a credit card - can be deferred up to three months without interest

Payment codes Treasury

  • 1093 - $ 400.00



More information:

Academic Coordinator -University of Azuay

Miriam Briones García: