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The Global Growth of Private Higher Education: ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 36, No. 3

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The growth of private higher education is a global phenomenon. Driven in large measure by the growing demand for education and the inability or unwillingness of the public sector to handle the surge, these new institutions now serve nearly a third of all students in postsecondary education around the world. The sector is diverse, however, with some older and more elite institutions alongside the newer entrants and a range of programs, academic models, and regulatory patterns. Private institutions are typically nonprofit, though the for-profit subsector is becoming more prevalent. In addition, cross-border higher education is a private sector activity in every country where it exists, even when the originating institution is part of the public sector.

This volume provides a comprehensive look at the growth of private higher education through seven country case studies and a review of the private nature of cross-border higher education. The authors are experts in private higher education and have been key contributors to the literature on the topic over the last twenty years. The chapters reflect the growth of private higher education, the ways in which that growth has developed and diversified, and the various policy responses to the growth.

This is the third issue in the 36th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary.

Foreword.

Introduction.

Significance of Private Higher Education.

Choosing the Cases.

Organization of the Volume.

The Growth of the Private Sector in Mexican Higher Education.

Trends in the Higher Education System in Mexico.

Frameworks for the Explanation of Growth in Mexico's Private Higher Education.

The Demand-Absorbing Subsector as a Powerful Engine of Private Growth

Additional Frameworks for Analyzing Demand-Absorbing Institutions.

Public Policy Surrounding Private Higher Education.

Final Ideas.

Chile's Dominant Private Higher Education.

Historical Background: From the Teaching State to Freedom of Teaching.

Private-Led Growth of Institutions and Enrollments.

The Enabling Regulatory Framework.

Private Versus Public: Pluralistic Stratification.

Current Policy Debate.

Private Higher Education in Bulgaria: Making a Difference.

The Bulgarian Higher Education System and the Role of Private Higher Education.

Expansion of Private Higher Education in Bulgaria.

Public Policy Surrounding Private Higher Education.

Conclusion.

Growth in Kenyan Private Higher Education.

Background.

Establishment and Growth of Private Universities.

Private Provision and Positive Change?

Conclusion.

Private Higher Education in Dubai: Growing Local Versus Importing Foreign Campuses.

Development of Public Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates.

Private Higher Education in Dubai: Institutional and Programmatic Overview.

Economic Development, Regulation, and Dubai's Private Higher Education Sector.

The Role of Private Higher Education in Dubai.

Opportunities and Challenges for the Future.

Public Policy and the Growth of Private Higher Education in Thailand.

The Growth of Private Higher Education and Institutional Diversity.

Public Policy Facilitating Private Growth.

Conclusion and Trends.

Recent Patterns in the Growth of Private Higher Education in the United States.

Data and Definitions.

Factors at Work Since 1996.

National Overview: 1996–2007.

Relative Success of Private Institutions of Different Sizes.

Enrollment Changes by Type of Institution.

Conclusion.

The Private Nature of Cross-Border Higher Education.

Trends in IBCs.

Characteristics of IBCs.

Organizational and Financial Models.

Regulation and Policy Issues.

Sustainability.

Conclusion.

The Global Growth of Private Higher Education.

Regional Overview.

Diverse National Cases: Widespread Growth of Private Higher Education.

Differentiation in Private Higher Education.

Ongoing Growth?

Explaining the Growth in Private Higher Education.

Notes.

References.

Name Index.

Subject Index.

About the Authors.

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