Educação & Sociedade
versión impresa ISSN 0101-7330
DOURADO, Luiz Fernandes. State Reforma and federal policies for higher education in Brazil in the 1990s. Educ. Soc. [online]. 2002, vol.23, n.80, pp. 234-252. ISSN 0101-7330. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-73302002008000012.
This article aims at discussing the federal policies for higher education implemented in Brazil in the 1990s. It assumes that such policies are based on socio-political choices and interests linked to the changes occurring in the contemporary Brazilian scene, changes that have deep historical roots, which emerge in the process of reformation of the Brazilian State. This situation implies alterations in the field of public policies, and more particularly in that of social policies, since the on-going official proposals and projects are characterized by a decrease of the role of State. The borders between public and private affairs have become increasingly blurred in a process detrimental to the former. The contradictions in the federal policies for higher education are analyzed here, as well as their results as for the following fields: institutional diversification and differentiation; assessment criteria, broadening and privatization of this level of education.
Palabras llave : State reforma; Assessment of higher education; Institutional diversification and differentiation; Broadening; Privatization.