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]