The deadline to be established in the reform of the Higher Education Act (LOES), for universities to have a staff of teachers with doctorate degrees, is a matter of concern to the Council of Higher Education (CES for its Spanish acronym) and the Council of assessment, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (Ceaaces for its Spanish acronym).
Article 14 of the Regulations states that 70% of teachers must have a PhD or a doctorate degree.
Enrique Santos, from the CES, said that some universities have left the subject to the last minute and now “they want to solve a strictly academic aspect, through legal reform, extending the deadline for the professionalization of teachers, especially regarding the PhD, which is a bad signal for the system”.
Marcelo Aguilera, the Ceaaces, added that the proposal contradicts the principle of quality education. Aguilera explained that the LOES Regulation determines the percentage that must be obeyed for a university to be considered as teaching with research and not the law.