Goal of the Research: To study the differentiation processes of organizations within Russia's higher education system and the dynamics of its institutional structure.
Empirical Base of Research: An in-depth analysis of foreign and domestic institutional practices that describes the diversity within higher education systems, with the participation of external experts and consultants.
Research Results: Trends are highlighted in the institutional development of Russian universities and the dynamics of the institutional structure of higher education in other higher education systems: those in the former Soviet Union, Europe, and the developed countries.The main stakeholders of the higher education system have been highlighted and the criteria according to which universities's activities will be studied have been developed with the stakeholder's participation. Information sources have been identified, and the format for its presentation has been determined. Cases have been implemented for the purpose of studying the process and the results of the institutional transformations of some Russian universities, and identifying key characteristics that contribute to organizational transformation and allow for differentiation in the institutional landscape of Russian higher education.
University differentiation in a number of important parameters is proposed and substantiated.
Level of Implementation, Recommendations on Implementation or Outcomes Related to Implementing the Results: In developing a methodology for researching institutions and the higher education system, a new methodology for comparing universities according to selected parameters was developed.
Field of Application: In general, the creation of a methodology, which can be used to describe and evaluate the national higher education system and the dynamics of its structure, can serve as the basis for scientific and analytical support of public policy in higher education, and for improving the collection and analysis of educational statistics at the level of individual institutions, and the regional and federal levels.