Statement on California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) permits residents of California to request certain details about the data we have collected about you and request deletion or change to the data. California residents have the Right to Know or the Right to Access Information about Collection, Disclosure and Sale of your Personal Information over the past 12 months.

The scope of information in the Higher Education Directory database and HigherEd Direct is strictly limited to business contact data of academic and administrative personnel at accredited, degree granting post-secondary institutions in the United States and its territories. The data we maintain within our database is sourced from publicly available information or is provided to us voluntarily from the colleges and universities included in our database.

Data elements collected include:

  • Institution name
  • Institution main mailing address
  • Institution main telephone and fax number
  • Administrator name
  • Administrator title
  • Administrator direct telephone number and extension
  • Administrator email address

Administrator name, title, direct telephone and email addresses are provided by our institutional contacts. Institutional contacts are informed that, “Information submitted will be published in the Higher Education Directory, and made available to those in and working with the higher education community via print and electronic formats.” Our institutional contacts can include as much or as little information as they choose. Although much of this information is publicly available on institutional websites, we only store email and direct telephone information that has been volunteered to us by our institutional contacts.

California residents have the right to request the following information:

  • Categories of personal information HEP, Inc. has collected about you;
  • Categories of sources from which the personal information was collected;
  • Categories of your personal information that HEP, Inc. sold or disclosed for a business purpose;
  • Categories of third parties to whom the personal information was sold or disclosed for a business purpose;
  • The business or commercial purpose for collecting or selling personal information; and
  • The specific pieces of personal information that HEP, Inc. has about you

The Higher Education Directory database and HigherEd Direct does not collect or store any consumer information such as browsing history, purchasing preferences, personal email address, home address, home telephone number, gender, religion, political affiliation, interests, etc.

You have the Right to Deletion of information you or your institution have shared with us regardless of your state of residence. To request information we have in our database or to request removal from our database, please click the link below or e-mail or call 888-349-7715.

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

No, the Higher Education Directory lists accredited, degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in the United States and its territories. The Directory of Canadian Universities is available through the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, 600-350 Albert Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1R 1B1, (613) 563-3961, extension 205,

Palgrave McMillan publishes The International Handbook of Universities on behalf of the International Association of Universities. Click here to link to the IAU website.

We generally stock past editions of the Higher Education Directory for five years. Older editions may be available in very limited quantities. Please call us at (888) 349-7715 with your request or email us at

No, there is no charge to be listed in the Higher Education Directory.

Eligibility for listing in the Higher Education Directory is determined by three primary factors: 1) the institution must be accredited by a regional, national, professional, or specialized accrediting organization that is recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; 2) the institution must be degree-granting, and; 3) the institutions should be a stand-alone campus, autonomous member of a system of institutions or a system office. Generally, branch campuses and learning locations that do not have autonomous academic, management, and budgetary control are not included.

Throughout the year our editors review the rosters of the approved accrediting bodies to determine changes in accreditation and degree status that affect an institution’s eligibility to be listed in the Higher Education Directory. If you feel that your institution should be included, please call us at (888) 349-7715 or email us at

HigherEd Direct is an online version of the Higher Education Directory. As such, HigherEd Direct users can search and retrieve information on the institutions listed, but only within the HigherEd Direct application and they cannot export this information as a separate database.

Licensed Data Extracts are customized databases extracted from the Higher Education Directory dataset based on client specifications. These data extracts are delivered as Access, Excel, or CSV databases that can be uploaded and manipulated by the customer.

The application that is right for you depends on how you want to use the data. Call us at (888) 349-7715 or email us at and our specialist will be happy to find a solution that fits your needs.