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Institution Type

Institution type refers to shared characteristics from which institutions may be classified. Classification of institutions is often based on structural, contextual, or sociodemographic characteristics. Institution type can be described as a single or subset of characteristics such as a large urban public doctoral institution, small private liberal arts college, or rural tribal community college. Characteristics, or combinations of characteristics, enable grouping and comparisons of institutions. They also enable broad assumptions to be drawn about an institution’s challenges and opportunities based on what is known about institutions of similar type. Institution type is an umbrella term for several categories of institutions of higher education to enable comparisons and quick broad assumptions about institutions. Classifications of institution types change as higher (or tertiary) education evolves. This entry ...

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