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 data: PROPHE is almost ready to post its database through 2015.

See Country Data and Laws on Private Higher Education.

See contributions to International Higher Education

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

News & Activities

A WORLD OF PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION, director Levy’s long-awaited book with broad empirical, conceptual, comparative, and historical analysis of the world’s PHE, is being published by the Oxford University Press.

PROPHEts' updates. PROPHEt Elizabeth Buckner's Degrees of Dignity: Arab Higher Education in the Global Era (U. Toronto 2022) includes a chapter "Privatizing the Public Good". PROPHE will soon post about its PROPHEts in High (Public Policy) Places, featuring Chile’s Andres Bernasconi, the Philippines’ Karl Mark Yee, Portugal’s Pedro Teixeira, and Uruguay’s Pablo Landoni.  


1. Working Paper. See here.   

2. Director's PODCAST with FreshEd:

3. Latin American PHE faces COVID-19: LASPAU-PROPHE Regional Zoom.       

Membership Expansion. PROPHE has expanded and reconfigured its membership. See the update on the Members page.