You Think We’re Rankings-Obsessed?

“‘We want to become one of the top 10 universities in the world.’ ‘The government wants a first class university for international prestige.’ ‘What do we need to achieve by 2013? Two universities ranked in the top 20 worldwide.’ Statements like those will sound familiar to anyone who’s been listening to leaders in American higher education and state governments talk for the last few years, as public research universities, particularly, strive to rise in published rankings of institutions. But the comments above – from, respectively, the president of Lithuania, a Korean university chief, and political leaders in Ireland – are but one manifestation of an obsession with rankings that is arguably stronger worldwide than it is in the United States …” (more)

[Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, 1 February]

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