Private Prometheus: Private Higher Education and Development in the 21st Century

Private Prometheus: Private Higher Education and Development in the 21st Century

Private Prometheus: Private Higher Education and Development in the 21st Century

Private Prometheus: Private Higher Education and Development in the 21st Century

Synopsis

Private higher education is perhaps the most rapidly growing segment of postsecondary education worldwide. In this collection, the authors provide a multifaceted and comparative analysis of private higher education and consider both broad issues and specific case studies. The only book currently available to lend an international focus to this subject, it examines such topics as accreditation, funding, and the impact of the market in the context of Latin American, European, and Asian higher education, and is a unique and invaluable study for researchers and policymakers alike.

Excerpt

This book has its origins in a conference organized by the Boston College Center for International Higher Education in June 1998 and held at Boston College. We commissioned the chapters included in this book, and brought together 50 administrators, researchers, and policymakers concerned with private higher education from all continents. We had a special concern with Latin America, where the private sector is rapidly growing and is coming into its own as a central force in postsecondary education, and several of the chapters in the book focus specifically on Latin America. The conference was funded by the Ford Foundation, to which we are indebted for making the event, and this book, possible. These chapters have been extensively revised, based on the discussions at the conference and further deliberations.

Private higher education is perhaps the fastest-growing segment of postsecondary education worldwide, yet it is little understood. The large majority of the literature in the field deals with public higher education. This expanding segment shares some of the challenges facing public higher education, but there are also some important differences. This book focuses on many of the specific issues facing private higher education. Our goal is to raise the level of analysis and discussion of private higher education, add to the literature on the topic, and highlight the geographical diversity of private higher education. We hope that this book will contribute to the recognition of private higher education as a central element of the postsecondary educational system in all countries.

This book would have been impossible without the cooperation and assistance of many colleagues. We especially appreciate the work of the . . .

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