Performance-Based Typology of Universities: Evidence from Russia

Irina Abankina, Fuad T. Aleskerov, Veronika Belousova, Leonid Gokhberg, Kirill Zinkovsky, Sofya Kiselgof, Vsevolod Petrushchenko, Sergey Shvydun
2015 Social Science Research Network  
In recent decades increased economic pressure and growing expectations of the society have led to a shift to performance-based funding modes of public research, namely universities, introduced by the government. In this respect universities started to use various strategies to adapt and develop their activities under the new framework conditions. National governments currently attempt to design and apply various taxonomies for structuring the university infrastructure in all different shapes in
more » ... different shapes in order to facilitate the development of efficient programmes for the advancement of higher education. The paper provides a review of different approaches to university typologies, discusses the choice of indicators and mathematical tools for grouping universities using common criteria and evaluating their performance based on classical and modified DEA approaches. The authors developed a typology which was tested in the Russian context, taking into account indicators of research and educational activities implemented by domestic universities and their efficiency score. The typology is based on clustering universities by availability of resources and research and educational performance and the combination of these results with efficiency score. It does not only group universities by type but includes a decision tree for classifying them as members of a specific group keeping into account their heterogeneity. It may serve as a basis for content analysis of the wide range of universities, and for shaping targeted policies aimed at their particular groups.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2550217 fatcat:ttx743b7tnajbhdalb46kre7pq