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Modeling and empiric evaluation of determinants of economic and social aspects of higher education institutions

2006
Department: International Laboratory for Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms (LIA)

The target of the research is educational and academic environment of higher education institutions as well as the interaction environment of higher education facilities affecting their strategies.

As part of the research work, we have developed theoretical models and instruments for quantitative testing in order to evaluate the impact of teachers’ behavior on students’ educational strategies; we have revealed characteristics and provided qualitative impact evaluations of student dishonesty determinants (plagiarism, cheating), carried out analysis of the impact of intra-university social structures on teachers’ research activity, determined the main management models in Russian higher education institutions, designed a typology of existing models and factors determining policy of a higher education institution in the area of education service quality, evaluated the role of the signal education function for various sectors of the Russian industry, provided an analytical evaluation of alternative systems of education financing, carried out country-by-country comparison of education financing systems and developed recommendations for the creation of efficient faculty ratings in Russian higher education institutions.

For the empiric evaluation of the models, we used the data collected as a result of testing the developed tools of quantitative analysis. These results can be used in making recommendations to develop and introduce a system of student loans for higher education, adjusting the policies of higher education facilities in terms of the quality of educational services, research activity and governance structures and stimulating academic/research activity among higher-education teaching personnel.