PROPHE - A Program 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.


What's New?

See also Recent Activities.

PROPHE presented a panel on for-profits at the 59th Conference of the Comparative International Education Society meeting in Washington, DC, March 10, 2015. The title of the panel was The Emergence of the For-Profit Private Higher Education Sector: Dynamics in China, Vietnam, and the US. See more here.

Collaborating Scholar Fengqiao Yan is spending this academic year at  sabbatical at Stanford's Center for Asia and Pacific Research. See more here.

PROPHE hosts a panel on “New and Evolving Forms of Private Higher Education" at the March 2014 Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) in Toronto.

New Scholars at PROPHE. See more here.

PROPHE hosted its Collaborating Scholar Andres Bernasconi from September 24 to 26, 2013 who gave a presentation to EAPS faculty and students entitled "Research on Higher Education from the Developing World: the Burden of the Local." PROPHE also hosted Antigoni Papadimitriou, who spoke on “Private Higher Education in the Western Balkans,” September 12, 2013. See also Recent Events. 

Dissertations now mostly written are Mary Beth Collier’s on the choice of private non-elite colleges in New York State and Paulina Berrios' on part-time professors in Chile (which includes private-public comparisons).

Dante Salto has won the Organization of American States' (OAS) doctoral scholarship for work that will include analysis of public and private dynamics in Argentine graduate education. See Dante Salto's activities here.

Recent articles by PROPHE’s director deal with the possible decline of private growth globally, private-public dimensions of student finance in Asia, and evaluating the relative importance of private higher education in Europe.

Progress of Ongoing Projects

Delicious account: More than 2000 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).

Global dataPROPHE continues working on its global data panels showing individual countries and global and regional data for 2000, 2005, and 2010.

Country law analysis on Brazil and Peru have been added. See Country Laws on Private Higher Education.

Regular contributions to International Higher Education.


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