Eduardo Navarro-Meza Presents "Las Políticas de Educación Superior En México y la Oferta Privada en Zonas No Metropolitanas"
Eduardo Navarro-Meza, student from the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership and Doctoral Research Associate at PROPHE presented his book titled "Las Políticas de Educación Superior En México y la Oferta Privada en Zonas No Metropolitanas" last December 4 at the 33th Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL-Guadalajara), an event considered the most important editorial meeting in Ibero-America.
Las Políticas de Educación Superior En México y la Oferta Privada en Zonas No Metropolitanas, edited by The National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES in Spanish acronym) who is an organization which include the main institutions of higher education in Mexico, analyzes the recent expansion of private higher education institutions towards non-metropolitan areas and its relationship with the policies implemented since the year 2000. The book is focused on core interests: first, it maps the policy decisions and actions related to private sector regulation framed by national higher education policies; second, it aims to discover the origin, objectives and characteristics of private institutions that have emerged far away from the cities. The book present the analysis of three case studies of distinct types of institutions (Adventist, indigenous and for profit) located in Chiapas, Mexico, and it concludes that private institutions use non-metropolitan territory as a strategy to set up institutional agendas with "individualistic” interests (political, economic or symbolic), that have little or no relationship with the explicit aims of higher education. The main findings in relation to higher education policies indicate that the instruments established to regulate the creation of institutions and educational programs are unsuitable for addressing the new dynamics of private higher education in Mexico.