What is CIEES?
CIEES stands for Comités Interinstitucionales para la Evaluación de la Educación Superior (Interinstitutional Committees for the Evaluation of Higher Education). CIEES is an organization devoted to the evaluation of higher education in Mexico. It is the largest body for quality assurance in higher education in Mexico. It was created in 1991 by the National Coordination for the Higher Education Planning (CONPES).
In line with its bylaws, the tasks of CIEES are the evaluation and accreditation of higher education institutions and programs, the formulation of opinions on higher education projects and the advice to higher education institutions. As of December 2009, CIEES was constituted as an independent entity with the legal form of a civil association (non-profit).
CIEES is organized in nine committees of different disciplinary areas, seven committees devoted to the evaluation of educational programs and the other two to the evaluation and accreditation of institutions.
- Architecture, design and urbanism.
- Art, education and humanities.
- Agricultural sciences.
- Health sciences.
- Natural and exact sciences.
- Social and administrative sciences.
- Engineering and technology.
Institutional functions committees:
- Institutional administration and management.
- Civic engagement and cultural promotion.
Each of the nine committees is constituted with around ten to twelve distinguished scholars who are faculty members, teachers, researchers, educators, or individuals with important positions in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) around the country. Each committee works in a collegial manner and with an honorary treatment (without payment) and is coordinated by an executive chairman denominated Vocal Ejecutivo.
The executive position of the CIEES is in charge of a General Coordinator (Coordinador General) who is appointed by the General Assembly of Associates (maximum government organ).
The nine committees interact regularly, share information, verify the academic frameworks, and complement the evaluation of institutions or programs. In general, all committees use the same instruments and procedures for evaluation, although each of them establishes and applies a framework according to the particularities of each disciplinary area.
The procedure to evaluate programs as well as institutions is, in general, the same.
- A higher education institution or program writes a self-evaluation (self-study) based on forms and guidelines provided by CIEES.
- A team of external evaluators (peers) trained by CIEES visit the institution or program and produces a report.
- The appropriate committee meet, deliberates, checks, values and arrives to a conclusion over the quality of the institution or program.
- CIEES delivers the report to the HEI and (if is it the case) awards a Reconocimiento or Acreditación.
Any program of higher education in Mexico (either technical, bachelor’s degree or graduate degree) is susceptible to be evaluated by CIEES. Higher education in Mexico corresponds to levels 5 to 8 in the International Normalized Classification of Education (CINE) 2011 of the Organization of the United Nations for the Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).
CIEES has a roster of more than 1,200 trained peers.
The universe of programs of Higher Education in Mexico is more than 30,000 and more than 4.4 million students attend this educational level.
Each year CIEES performs more than 350 evaluations to institutions and programs.