Daniel Levy

Daniel Levy (Ph.D., political science, University of North Carolina). SUNY system Distinguished Professor. Affiliated State University of New York at Albany appointments in Latin American studies, political science, and public policy. In addition to his prolific publication of articles, Levy’s 10 authored books have been published by several university presses. Levy’s main research interest is how educational institutions fit into the wider interface between civil society and the state. He directs the Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE), the foremost research center on private higher education globally. His former students hold varied agency and academic positions globally.

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January 10, 2019
Notwithstanding a conventional narrative that reforms largely failed, I argue that they contributed significantly to much of what became and remains best about the region’s higher education.
April 15, 2018
Private institutions enroll one in three of the world’s higher education students—by 2010 private enrollment reached 57 million.
October 24, 2016
Foreign precedent tends not to play well for the Republican half of the electorate
July 8, 2013
The problems of the short public presidential tenure are worse than those of the long private tenure.
February 17, 2013
Almost everyone professes to be for national democracy but democracy is a complex concept with different legitimate views of what it is — and with different legitimate views of what it must include and what is appropriate to nourish it. Should a democratic national political system have democratic universities? There’s not just one common answer.
August 22, 2012
In considering  higher education policy in Brazil and, in particular, the very recent legislation increasing racial quotas to 50% of enrollment, one gropes to identify any policies in world higher education history that have mandated such a large quota in favor of any group (whereas of course public policy has sometimes completely excluded certain groups).  Or that have mandated even small official admission favoritism for graduates of one secondary school sector over another. Moreover, Brazil’s mechanism of reform is massive imposition of national government power over university autonomy.
February 1, 2011
Country after country announces national policy to pick leading research universities, lavish resources upon them, and thrust them higher into international leadership. China, Germany, and Japan are three of the powerhouse examples, even though their higher education system otherwise differ greatly.
September 13, 2010
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, in office since 1999, has been steadily transforming the country’s higher education system. Supporters find the changes consistent with Chávez’s overall “Bolivarian Revolution” (Chavez’s term)— socialist and populist. Critics find the changes consistent with an overall assault on democracy and on academic autonomy and quality in particular.
July 12, 2010
Hardly a day passes when we don’t read about poor performance in higher education. This is true for those who follow the international scene and it’s true for those who follow mostly the US or virtually any other single country. The nearly relentless message is that we are not doing well in higher education. Modified, the message is at least that we are not doing nearly well enough.
August 18, 2013
This is the final posting in a series about the dropout rate in Argentina with two additional commentaries. The blogs demonstrate both the problem of determining the extent of the problem and its underlying causes. There are issues here relevant to other countries in the region and elsewhere in the world,
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