Archive for rankings

Comparing Rankings 3: Omissions

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“The big problem with the Asiaweek rankings of 1999-2000 was that they relied on data submitted by universities. This meant that if enough were dissatisfied they could effectively sabotage the rankings by withholding information, which is in fact what happened …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 March]

THE reputational rankings – a helpful tool?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 20 March 2011 by Steve

“Anybody who has been following the debate surrounding world university rankings in the last year or so will have raised an eyebrow at the recent publication by Times Higher Education of a ranking based entirely upon academic assessment of institutional reputation. This ranking was an attention-grabbing stunt. But how much new light does it really shed on the world’s top universities? …” (more)

[Danny Byrne, University World News, 20 March]

Questions Abound as the College-Rankings Race Goes Global

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“… Rankings are essentially one-dimensional, since each indicator is considered independently. But in reality the indicators are interdependent. For example, older, well-endowed private universities are more likely to have better faculty-student ratios and per-student expenditures than those of newer, public institutions …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 March]

THES Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 15 March 2011 by Steve

“The Times Higher Education Supplement has graced us with yet another form on university ranking system. Such rankings are problematic at the best of times: both oversimplifying the complex alchemy that creates a great educational experience for an individual student, or the growth medium upon which a great research idea takes hold, while also employing methodologies that measure what can be counted, rather than those things that make a university able to deliver on its mission …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, 14 March]

Six dominate reputation rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 March 2011 by Steve

“Six American and United Kingdom universities are in a super league of their own when it comes to reputation, according to an invitation-only survey of more than 13,000 academics in 131 countries …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 13 March]

Why take rankings seriously?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“2/2 @MikeLyons1956 So, question for all #tcdprovost candidates: why take rankings seriously enough to base policy on them?” (tweet)

[Eoin O’Dell, Twitter, 10 March]

Irish universities snubbed by academics compiling list of world’s top 100

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Not one Irish university has made the grade for a list of the world’s top 100, as chosen by 13,000 international academics …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 10 March]

Universities fail to make global grade

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“Ireland’s two biggest universities fail to rate among the world’s top 100 for teaching and research in the view of international academics. They are, however, among the top 26 in Europe, according to the latest global league table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 10 March]

Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“A university’s brand – crucial in helping to attract students, staff and funding – is built on esteem. Times Higher Education‘s first World Reputation Rankings reveal how academics view the strength of institutions’ teaching and research …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 10 March]

A Century of Rankings: Plus Ça Change

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“… But it’s hard to view the Mines ParisTech effort as anything but cynical. Yes, other global rankings have many shortcomings; there’s absolutely a case to be made that they don’t do justice to the strengths of certain French institutions, among others. Still, I don’t buy Mines ParisTech’s argument that it is simply engaging in the business-world equivalent of the academic honor-counting undertaken by the Shanghai rankers …” (more)

[Ben Wildavsky, Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 March]

Influence of age on university ‘performance’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“… the reality is that date of establishment clearly has a part to play in the current success profile of universities. In broad terms, universities over 100 years old, and perhaps those over 50, have already reached their ‘terminal velocity’ …” (more)

[QS Intelligence Unit, 7 March]

The Paris rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“The fifth edition of the Professional Ranking of World Universities from Paris Mines Tech has just been published. This is based on one indicator, the number of top corporate CEOs …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 6 March]

Surveys and Citations

Posted in research with tags , , on 26 February 2011 by Steve

“I have just finished calculating the correlation between the scores for the academic survey and citations per faculty on the 2010 QS world University rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 26 February]

Impact Assessment

Posted in research with tags , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“The use of citations as a measure of research quality was highlighted by the remarkable performance of Alexandria University, Bilkent University, Hong Kong Baptist University and others in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 21 February]

The new ERA of journal ranking

Posted in research with tags , , on 13 February 2011 by Steve

“It was recently announced that the Excellence in Research for Australia initiative will remain largely unchanged in the coming year, and will remain as an instrument used by the Australian government to determine the level of research funding available to Australian universities …” (more)

[Simon Cooper and Anna Poletti, University World News, 13 February]

Anger Over New Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 8 February 2011 by Steve

“Education deans from some of the top research universities in the United States have called on US News & World Report to rethink its plans for evaluating teacher education programs. In a joint letter, the deans questioned not only the methodology to be used, but also the magazine’s plan to say that institutions that don’t participate have ‘failed’ to meet certain standards …” (more)

[Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 8 February]

Creating a division of elite Euro-universities?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , on 6 February 2011 by Steve

“If you take a look at the Times Higher Education world university rankings, you will see that, apart from the United Kingdom, only one European country has a university in the global top 20 – and that’s Switzerland, which isn’t even in the European Union …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 February]

Irrational numbers

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 5 February 2011 by Steve

“John Hearn and Alan Robson urge universities to refocus on the reality of individual missions, not rankings’ absurd lists. The 2010 world university league tables have brought to the fore long-held concerns about their integrity, veracity and credibility …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 3 February]

Comparing Rankings 2

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 3 February 2011 by Steve

“A ranking that contained only a single indicator would not be very interesting. Providing that the indicators are actually measuring different things, rankings with many indicators would contain more information. On the other hand, the more indicators there are the more likely it is that some will be redundant …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 3 February]

Elite eight head university research ratings

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“The first attempt to assess the quality of research conducted in Australia’s universities shows the oldest and most elite institutions filling the top eight spots …” (more)

[Julia Hare, The Australian, 31 January]