Patterns of exclusion from higher education in Costa Rica

Patterns of exclusion from higher education in Costa Rica

Organisation: La Nación (Costa Rica) (Costa Rica)

Publication Date: 06/04/2014


The app: for the first time in Costa Rica, we made possible for the public to know the six year performance trend on a standardized test of every school in the country and other indicators that have a bearing on a student’s being admitted to the University of Costa Rica (UCR, public). The UCR is the oldest, most prestigious and best funded university in the nation, and, when compared to private universities, it is the least expensive. Therefore competition for admittance is intense. Many middle class families spend thousands of dollars on private schools to enhance their children’s likelihood of attending the UCR. As a result of the application we created, they can now make more informed educational choices.

Technologies used for this project:

1. We used a conditional probability model to determine the chances of admission in the UCR conditional on the type of high school from which Costa Rican students graduated (public, private, subsidized etc.). 2. The student's admission data were used to generate geographical indicators (high school performance per canton) to analyze the correlation between the average performance of 81 regions of the country and three variables: a) the Cantonal Human Poverty Index, b) whether the region is located on rural or urban areas, and c) whether the region is located in the coast or not.

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