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Obafemi O. Ogunleye

Doctoral Student, CIDE
ogunl013@umn.edu | @TheObafemi

Areas of interest

  • African development
  • Global education policy
  • Higher education
  • Monitoring and evaluation


M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2017
B.B.A., Management (International Business), University of Texas at San Antonio, 2011


I am a doctoral candidate in Comparative and International Development Education with a minor in Program Evaluation. I am interested in investigating the ways in which higher education institutions in African countries are affected by policy recommendations that are promoted by international development organizations. My dissertation research is a qualitative, comparative case study of Nigerian universities participating in a World Bank funded initiative called “The Africa Centers of Excellence Project”. In this study, I explore the lived experiences of students, faculty, and staff as they interpret and enact what ‘excellence’ means within their respective institutions.


Wymer, S., Miazga, M., Ogunleye, O., Tower, E. (2020). Evaluation of the grand challenges research initiative and recommendations for the future. Office of Measurement Services, University of Minnesota.

Ogunleye, O. (2018). Managing the rise of university global health partnerships. University World News.


Ogunleye, O. (2018). Designing a culturally responsive student exchange evaluation: Lessons learned from renegotiating a US-Ghana partnership agreement. American Evaluation Association, Cleveland, OH.

Ogunleye, O. (2017). College prep mentorship: College and career readiness for the African diaspora. Texas Star Showcase, Texas Higher Education Symposium, Austin, TX.


  • Mary Corcoran Endowed Fellowship in Evaluation and Policy Studies, University of Minnesota, College of Education & Human Development (2019)
  • Dr. Frank R.Braun Fellowship, University of Minnesota, College of Education & Human Development (2018)