Higher Education Dynamics

Multidimensional Ranking

The Design and Development of U-Multirank

Editors: van Vught, Frans A., Ziegele, Frank (Eds.)

  • First international book on multidimensional ranking in higher education
  • Analyses a new and far more extensive alternative to existing rankings
  • Of high interest to international leaders in higher education and to national and international policy makers  ​
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About this book

During the last decades ranking has become one of the most controversial issues in higher education and research. It is widely recognized now that, although some of the current rankings can be severely criticized, they seem to be here to stay. In addition, rankings appear to have a great impact on decision-makers at all levels of higher education and research systems worldwide, including in universities. Rankings reflect a growing international competition among universities for talent and resources; at the same time they reinforce competition by their very results.  Yet major concerns remain as to the rankings' methodological underpinnings and to their various impacts.

This new book presents a comprehensive overview of the current ‘state of the art’ of ranking in higher education and research, and introduces a completely new approach called ‘multidimensional ranking’. In part 1 rankings are discussed in the broader context of quality assurance and transparency in higher education and research. In addition the many current ranking methodologies are analyzed and critized, and their impacts are explored. In part 2 a new approach to ranking is introduced, based on the basic idea that higher education and research institutions have different profiles and missions and that the performances of these institutions should reflect these differences. This multidimensional approach is operationalized in a new multidimensional and user-driven ranking tool, called U-Multirank. U-Multirank is the outcome of a pilot  project, sponsored by the European Commission, in which the new ranking instrument was designed and tested at a global scale.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Towards a New Ranking Approach in Higher Education and Research

    Vught, Frans A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Transparency, Quality and Accountability

    Vught, Frans A. (et al.)

    Pages 11-23

  • Classifications and Rankings

    Federkeil, Gero (et al.)

    Pages 25-37

  • An Evaluation and Critique of Current Rankings

    Federkeil, Gero (et al.)

    Pages 39-70

  • Impact of Rankings

    Vught, Frans A. (et al.)

    Pages 71-81

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3005-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3004-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8093-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Multidimensional Ranking
Book Subtitle
The Design and Development of U-Multirank
Editors
  • Frans A. van Vught
  • Frank Ziegele
Series Title
Higher Education Dynamics
Series Volume
37
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-3005-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-3005-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-3004-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8093-3
Series ISSN
1571-0378
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 196
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