November 5, 2012
In Booming Brazil, the University System Expands, With Mixed Success
Lalo de Almeida For the chronicle
São Paulo, Brazil
The biggest higher-education expansion in the history of Brazil has added campuses in dozens of cities and towns throughout this vast nation over the past few years. But for every person celebrating new classrooms in once-ignored regions, there's another lamenting weak execution: a lack of space, a shortage of equipment, or a poorly thought-out curriculum.
The Reuni program, as it's commonly known here, was designed to expand Brazil's elite, free public-university system and put