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Design, Implementation and Efficiency Analysis of the Special Degree Unit as an Alternative for the Graduated Students’ Degree: UPS Case

  • Miguel Arcos-Argudo
  • Fernando Pesántez-Avilés
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 785)

Abstract

The little effectiveness of the degree systems in higher education is not an isolated problem in the long list of the university tasks, to be better understood, it has to be referenced to complementary processes, such as the access and the permanence into the system. To favor students get their degrees, in Ecuador, the Higher Education Committee, promoted in 2013 the implementation of Special Degree Units in each institution of higher education (IES). In this article, we share and demonstrate the experience of the Salesian Polytechnic University regarding the implementation of its Special Degree Unit (SDU). It has allowed young “university students with no degree” to get it as professionals. It is concluded that the 80% of the students who, according to the regulations, could be embraced into this Unit, got their degree, through a more effective instrument, which was the Degree Completion Exam.

Keywords

Special Degree Unit Under graduate students Professional degree Completion exam Thesis work 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Group on Artificial Intelligence and Assistance Technologies (GIIATA)Salesian Polytechnic UniversityCuencaEcuador
  2. 2.Rethinking the Education – Educational Innovation GroupSalesian Polytechnic UniversityCuencaEcuador
  3. 3.Cátedra UNESCO – Education for InclusionSalesian Polytechnic UniversityCuencaEcuador

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