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University Rankings

Theoretical Basis, Methodology and Impacts on Global Higher Education

SHIN, Jung Cheol, Toutkoushian, Robert K., Teichler, Ulrich (Eds.)

2011, XIV, 274 p.

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  • First book to comprehensively deal with the subject
  • Ground-breaking detail on the theory, methodology and social impacts of university ranking schemes
  • Focuses on enhancing users’ understanding of the surveys
  • Covers the social impact of ranking systems within university institutions, including their impact on campus life

This ground-breaking and exhaustive analysis of university ranking surveys scrutinizes their theoretical bases, methodological issues, societal impact, and policy implications, providing readers with a deep understanding of these controversial comparators. The authors propose that university rankings are misused by policymakers and institutional leaders alike. They assert that these interested parties overlook the highly problematic internal logic of ranking methodologies even as they obsess over the surveys’ assessment of their status. The result is that institutions suffer from short-termism, realigning their resources to maximize their relative rankings. While rankings are widely used in policy and academic discussions, this is the first book to explore the theoretical and methodological issues of ranking itself. It is a welcome contribution to an often highly charged debate. Far from showing how to manipulate the system, this collection of work by key researchers aims to enlighten interested parties.

 “This is the best book going on university rankings. It provides a reliable, readable, wide-ranging guide for the policy maker, university leader, scholar and would be doctoral student who wants to make sense of the mass of ranking data now available. Shin, Toutkoushian and Teichler tell us how to sort the good, the bad and the ugly in university comparison. A strength of the book, one that guarantees its broad relevance, is the inclusion of contributions from each of the world’s major zones of higher education.”

Simon Marginson, Professor, University of Melbourne

 "This book offers a comprehensive and very timely analysis of a topic of central importance to contemporary higher education: university rankings. Contributors to the book provide a key to the understanding of the theoretical basis and methodological foundations of rankings and their impact on higher education systems and institutions. Illuminating the amazing popularity of rankings, broad and refreshing reflection on the drivers and consequences of rankings are offered.”

Jürgen Enders, Professor, University of Twente

 

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » accountability - benchmarks - classification - educational policy - effectiveness - evaluation - faculty quality - faculty ranking - indicators - institutional ranking - institutions - measuring - methodology - policy implications - quality assurance - ranking surveys - ranking systems - research productivity - social impact - teaching quality - universities - university ranking - world class university - worldwide ranking

Related subjects » Education & Language - Higher Education

Table of contents 

Preface.- Contributors.- 1. The Past, Present, and Future of University Rankings; Jung Cheol SHIN and Robert K. TOUTKOUSHIAN.- PART A. Organizational Effectiveness, Quality, and Rankings.- 2. Organizational Effectiveness and University Rankings; Jung Cheol SHIN.- 3.  Competitors of Rankings: New Directions in Quality Assurance and Accountability; Grant HARMAN.- 4. The Social Contexts and Systemic Consequence of University Rankings: A Meta-Analysis of the Ranking Literature; Ulrich TEICHLER.- PART B. Methodological Issues of University Rankings.- 5. Methodological Issues: Indicators and Weights; Bernard LONGDEN.- 6.  Measures of Faculty Productivity; Karen WEBBER.- 7. Issues in Measuring the Research Performance of Postsecondary Institutions; Robert K. TOUTKOUSHIAN and Karen WEBBER.- 8.  Peer Review and Bibliometric Indicators: Potentials and Problems; Lutz BORNMANN.- 9.  Measuring Teaching Performance; Keith TRIGWELL.- PART C. Social Impacts of University Rankings.- 10. On the Efficacy of Raising Your University’s Rankings; Christopher MORPHEW and Christopher SWANSON.- 11. The Institutionalization of Rankings: Managing Status Anxiety in an Increasingly Marketized Environment; William LOCKE.- 12. Reaction to Academic Ranking: Knowledge Production, Faculty Productivity from an International Perspective; Akira ARIMOTO.- 13: The Future of University Rankings; Ulrich TEICHLER.- Index.

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