At a crossroads: higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean has expanded dramatically in the past 15 years as the average gross enrollment rate has more than doubled and many new institutions and programs have been opened. Although higher education access has become more equitable and higher education supply has become more varied, many of the 'new' students in the system are, on average, less academically ready than are their more advantaged counterparts. Furthermore, only half of higher education students, on average, complete their degree, and labor market returns to higher education vary...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Economics; Outcomes; Quality; Equity; Participation; Policy; Providers of education and training; Governance; Labour market

Keywords: Enrolment; Completion; Return on education and training; Relevance of education and training; Institutional role; Policy analysis; Training market; Accountability; Economic impact; Trend; Future; Labour supply; Labour demand

Geographic subjects: South America; Central America and the Caribbean

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: World Bank, 2017

Physical description: xxiv, 272 p. (book) + xi, 38 p. (overview)

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ISBN: 9781464810145; 9781464810152 (online)

On cover: Directions in development: human development

Resource type: Book

Rights: This work is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 IGO license (CC BY 3.0 IGO). To view a copy of the licence visit:

Call number: TD/TNC 128.659

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