The Program for Research on Private Higher Education
Dedicated to Building Knowledge about Private Higher Education around the World
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    Dedicated to Building Knowledge about Private Higher Education around the World
    PROPHE - Program for Research on Private Higher Education seeks to build knowledge about private higher education around the world. PROPHE neither represents nor promotes private higher education. Its main mission is scholarship, which, in turn, should inform public discussion and policymaking. Founded in 2000, PROPHE received multiple Ford Foundation grants through 2008. It presently functions only on the voluntary efforts of its members, along with indirect funding from the University at Albany. We welcome inquiries about potential financial grants to PROPHE or about other collaborations.


For Details, see the website’s new Global Data.

For Notice in the Times Higher Education, see here.

For the First Published Journal Article analyzing the Data, see here.

Progress of Ongoing Projects

Global dataPROPHE continues working on comparing its global datasets for 2000, 2005, and 2010, and extending its database to 2015.

Country data & law analysis.Turkey added to the country data cases and Brazil, Peru and Ethiopia added to the law analysis cases. The Philippines will soon be added for both data and laws. See Country Date and Laws on Private Higher Education.

Regular contributions to International Higher Education. The most recent entry analyzes the country contours of global PHE enrollment, the prior entry the vanishing public monopoly in countries.

BibSonomy account: Over 3,000 news reports! Follow the latest global private higher education developments on PROPHE's Global News Report through a database searchable by date, country, region and other categories (e.g. for-profit, access).

Director Levy  continues writing his book A World of Private Higher Education.


News & Activities

CIES 2019. At the April 14-18 Comparative & International Education Society annual conference in San Francisco City, PROPHE will present a special panel on the for-profit/nonprofit question, featuring PROPHEts Chau, Hoang, Kinser, Levy, and Salto.

PROPHEts' updates. PROPHE welcomes Mark Yee (Philippines) as Affiliate and Edson Eduardo Navarro Meza (Mexico) as Doctoral Assistant. Dante Salto has become Assistant Professor in higher education at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and both Salto and Wondwosen Tamrat (Ethiopia) are now PROPHE Collaborating Scholars.

Translation and Foreword. A Chinese translation 《国家与高等教育》中文版前言 (Beijing Normal University Press, 2017) is now available of Director Levy’s much-cited Higher Education and the State in Latin America: Private Challenges to Public Dominance, University of Chicago, 1986.

New thesis on Mexico posted. Higher education policies in Mexico and the private supply in non-metropolitan areas (English title of Spanish original, an MS thesis at FLACSO) by Edson Eduardo Navarro Meza.