REICE 2014 - Volume 12, No 3
Research in private universities in Argentina. Changes in response to quality assurance and competitive funding policies

The development of research activity has been weak at most Argentine universities, particularly in the private sector. To confront this issue, the government provided an environment that would foster the development of public policies to promote its enforcement. This paper analyzes the extent to which regulations, signals and incentives generated by the new environment of policies led to changes in research activities at Argentina’s private universities. To observe the changes, the evolution of a set of R&D input and output indicators was analyzed and a cluster analysis was carried out in order to classify institutions in groups. The results show that the new environment of said public policies helped to increase research activity. We can conclude that while all private universities faced the same regulations and incentives, their responses were mediated by the heterogeneity of their missions and organizational strategies.

Key words
Private universities, Research, Public policies, Quality assurance, Research funding.
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Adrogué de Deane, C., Corengia, A., García de Fanelli, A., & Carranza, M.P. (2014). La investigación en las universidades privadas de la Argentina. Cambios tras las políticas de aseguramiento de la calidad y financiamiento competitivo. REICE. Revista Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación, 12(3), 73-91.
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