A multisite case study of elected administrators at selected Nicaraguan universities since 1990
A study consisting of (a) interviews with thirty-four participants from four selected universities in Nicaragua, and (b) twenty two print artifacts related to the study focused on how Nicaraguan Law 89, the "Law of Autonomy of Higher Education," had influenced elected administrators of the public universities of Nicaragua. The interviews were conducted with administrators, faculty, and students of two public universities in Nicaragua, the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria [National University of Engineering] and the Centro Universitario Regional - Carazo [Regional University Center - Carazo] as well as administrators, faculty, and students of two private universities in Nicaragua, the Universidad Centroamericana [Central American University] and the Universidad Politécnica de Nicaragua [Polytechnical University of Nicaragua].
Results of the study were interpreted to support the belief that university administrators, both elected (public universities) and appointed (private universities) were influenced by students. However, the elected administrators of the public universities reported a stronger influence was sensed about needing to hold to electoral promises, and the potential impact of student protest or the threat of student protest. The study data also was viewed to mean that the elections of university administrators were not conducted with universal suffrage, since Nicaraguan Law 89 limited eligibility to vote in the elections of administrators to specific groups of students, staff, and faculty.
0745: Higher education