The Higher Education Council (CES for its Spanish acronym) ordered a payment of $ 170,000 to the Technical University of Loja (UTPL for its Spanish acrony,) for offering courses and programs with a “high number of students” without the approval of the CES.
The entity said the university offered careers transgressing current regulations and current norms on enrollment and the number of classrooms for the master degree programs. Furthermore, it was noted that the university did not wait for the resolution of the CES.
The UTPL offered Masters in Integral Auditing, Business Management, Civil Law and Civil Procedure, Children’s Literature and Criminal Procedure Law. Of these, several classrooms consisted of 100 or more students.
José Meythaler, legal representative of the UTPL, said “there was no legal or regulatory, or administrative limitation (to offer the masters), plus, experience had shown that the university was handling with care the number of attendees and academic results were as desired”.
The University appealed the CES resolution and is awaiting a final decision.