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 on the voluntary efforts of its members, along with indirect funding from the University at Albany. We welcome inquiries.


PROPHE has contracted with Routledge to produce a book series, THE GLOBAL REALITIES OF PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION. The first volume will focus on public policy, the second on Asia. See more information here.


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 is almost ready to extend its 2000-2010 database to 2015.

Country data & law analysis. The latest to the country data cases are Brazil & Peru; to the law analysis cases, Ethiopia. The Philippines will soon be added to both compendia. See Country Data and Laws on Private Higher Education.

Regular contributions to International Higher Education. The most recent entry is a Special Focus on For-profits and Nonprofits in Southeast Asia. Forthcoming pieces deal with family universities in Ethiopia and with COVID-19. 

PHE in the NEWS: A Compilation of over 3,000 News Reports on Private Higher Education Globally.

Director Levy will shortly submit his book manuscript A World of Private Higher Education for press review.

News & Activities

PROPHEt Elizabeth Buckner's Degrees of Dignity: Arab Higher Education in the Global Era (U. Toronto 2022) includes a chapter "Privatizing the Public Good".


. WORKING PAPER. See here.   


. LATIN AMERICAN PHE FACES COVID-19: LASPAU-PROPHE Regional Zoom.                     

Membership Expansion. PROPHE has expanded and reconfigured its membership.

20th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa. St. Mary’s University (Ethiopia), in collaboration with Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE) and some others, will hold the 20th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa on April 27 and 28, 2022, on the theme "Embracing New Realities and Paradigms: Africa's Higher Education Response". The conference will be in a blended format -physically and virtually- and will join scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and development partners.