The Unidad Academica Campesina - Carmen Pampa is a Catholic University in Bolivia that offers accredited undergraduate degrees (BA/BS) to the rural poor. Founded in 1993 near the town of Coroico in the province of Nor Yungas, the school aims to provide useful skills to low-income Bolivians to allow them to overcome poverty. It currently offers five areas of study: agronomy, nursing, education, veterinary science, and ecotourism.
The university aims to have an impact on underserved rural communities by training students in practical areas that will allow them to have an impact on their home communities, both economically and socially. Currently, 652 students are enrolled in the school. To graduate, they must research, write, and defend a thesis in their area of study. They may also research, write, and defend an original business plan.
The school is cross-subsidized by the production of coffee, meat, vegetables, and wood furniture in its programs. Students are also required to complete community service projects in rural communities such as public health visits, crop research, educational workshops, and animal vaccinations. Finally, the school also offers leadership programs that help students learn to lead while incorporating local culture.
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CEI approaches in actionDeliveryStand-alone school/centerFinancingSkills for WorkEthics & Values/ReligionCulture/indigenous knowledgeOther
Model details1993Not-for-profitVocational/technical skillsEthics & Values/ReligionCulture/indigenous knowledgeOtherResearch, Community Service, Business DevelopmentActiveLong-term projectStudent feesScholarshipsCarmen Pampa Fund72345%55%
UAC-Carmen Pampa reaches the poor through recruitment, word of mouth, and information spread through the Catholic Diocese of Coroico in the Department of La Paz, Bolivia.
Scale723 students have graduated from UAC-CP7373 professors taught at the College during the first semester of 20151January, 2015
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Graduates are surveyed immediately before graduating from College and then there is a follow-up survey that is sent out every two years after that.
Data is collected in the form of surveys that are presented to graduates and then entered into a central database.Internal assessment performanceUser satisfactionAbility to reach the poorEmployment ratesOtherStudent perception of education quality, Poverty indicatorsAnnuallyNo
In 2013, 300% increase in income reported between UAC-CP graduates and their parents' generation
In 2013, 72% of graduates found jobs they wanted after graduation.
95% of UAC-CP graduates were employed in 2012.
89% were employed in the same field as their area of study.
In 2013, 42% of UAC-CP alumni have earned advanced degrees.
In 2013, 48% of UAC-CP graduates were women.