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Educación Médica

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CARRERAS, J.. Evaluation of teaching and faculty promotion (VI). University Spanish legislation (d): modification of the Organic Law of Universities. Appointment for the bodies of functionary professors: from the system of ‘habilitation' to the system of ‘accreditation' (2004-2008) (1st part). Educ. méd. [online]. 2009, vol.12, n.2, pp.63-72. ISSN 1575-1813.

The new Spanish Government formed by the Socialist Party in the year 2004, in order to increase the autonomy of the universities, initiated the process of modification of the organic Law of Universities (LOU) established in 1983 by the previous Government constituted by the Popular Party. In this article we describe the process developed by the Spanish parliament until the promulgation of a new law (Organic Law of Modification of the LOU) in April of 2007. We comment the modifications introduced in the LOU that effected the categories of functionary professors, and we analyze the norms subsequently established. The categories of university functionary professors were reduced to two (‘catedráticos' and ‘profesores titulares'), and for both categories was established a procedure of appointment with two steps: a first step of national ‘accreditation' and a second step of concourse to the specific positions convoked by the universities. The objective of the process of national ‘accreditation' would be to evaluate the merits and competencies of the candidates in order to guarantee the quality of the professoriate. It would be carried out by specific commissions nominated by the University Council. The rules of the specific concourses developed by the universities would be established by their statutes.

Keywords : Appointment of the university professors; University Spanish Legislation.

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