Toward a Data-driven Classification of European Higher Education Institutions

  • Benedetto Lepori Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Agata A. Lambrechts Università della Svizzera italiana
Keywords: Higher education classification, latent class models, research universities, binary systems, subject specialization, European Union, European Higher Education Area

Abstract

The differentiation of profiles of institutions over the past several decades emphasizes their relevance for higher education. Unlike in the United States, there is currently no broad classification of higher education institutions in Europe. Building on European Tertiary Education Register data, we propose a new comprehensive and cross-country classification in six classes that recognizes the diversity of functions and specializations of institutions within European higher education.

Author Biographies

Benedetto Lepori , Università della Svizzera italiana

Benedetto Lepori is professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, coordinator of the European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) database, and the author of “The Heterogeneity of European Higher Education Institutions: A Configurational Approach.” Studies in Higher Education, 2021, 1–17. Email: blepori@usi.ch

Agata A. Lambrechts, Università della Svizzera italiana

Agata A. Lambrechts is a postdoctoral researcher at the Università della Svizzera italiana, supporting the development of the ETER database. Email: agata.lambrechts@usi.ch

Published
2022-01-07
How to Cite
Lepori , B., & Lambrechts, A. (2022). Toward a Data-driven Classification of European Higher Education Institutions. International Higher Education, (109), 39-40. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14507
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