For-Profit Higher Education in Latin America

Exception or Precursor?

  • Dante J. Salto University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee
  • Daniel C. Levy University at Albany
Keywords: For-profit, private sector, Latin America


Latin America leads the world in the size of legally for-profit private higher education. This reality astonishes, given three contrasting realities: The region had zero such enrollment a quarter of a century ago; its for-profit enrollment is concentrated in three countries; and the size of its total private enrollment is only a third of that of Asia. Latin America’s astonishing leap raises questions about what future for-profit private higher education might have in the vast remaining region.

Author Biographies

Dante J. Salto, University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee

Dante J. Salto is assistant professor, Department of Administrative Leadership, University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee, and associate of the Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE). Email:

Daniel C. Levy, University at Albany

Daniel C. Levy is SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Policy & Leadership, University at Albany, and PROPHE director. Email:

How to Cite
Salto, D., & Levy, D. (2021). For-Profit Higher Education in Latin America. International Higher Education, (106), 32-34. Retrieved from