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University Rankings: Theoretical Basis, Methodology and Impacts on Global Higher Education

University Rankings: Theoretical Basis, Methodology and Impacts on Global Higher Education
  

While university ranking surveys 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 much-needed reality check on the many problems inherent in the surveys.

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ISBN 9789400711150
Barcode 9789400711150
Published 8 June 2011 by Springer
Format Hardback, 2011 ed.
Author(s) Edited by Shin, Jung Cheol
Edited by Toutkoushian, Robert K.
Edited by Teichler, Ulrich
Series The Changing Academy - the Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective (part: 3)
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ISBN-13 9789400711150
ISBN-10 9400711158
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Springer
Imprint Springer
Publication Date 8 June 2011
Publication Country Netherlands Netherlands
Format Hardback, 2011 ed.
Edition 2011 ed.
Author(s) Edited by Shin, Jung Cheol
Edited by Toutkoushian, Robert K.
Edited by Teichler, Ulrich
Series The Changing Academy - the Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective (part: 3)
Category Organization & Management Of Education
Educational Systems
Universities / Polytechnics
Number of Pages 274
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Education, Education, Higher
NBS Text Adult & Further Education
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 378
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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.

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NZ Review 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 volume makes an impressive contribution to our understanding of the international obsession with university rankings. Shin, Toutkoushian, and Teichler, along with their contributing authors, examine the topic from multiple perspectives that will appeal to administrators, scholars, and public audiences alike. Grounded in organizational theory, the volume sheds light on the many ranking methodologies ranging from simplistic and descriptive to intricate and multivariate. Not only do several chapters illuminate the relevant measurement issues, but other chapters address the social impact of the rankings themselves and how they influence university behavior. No other book combines such a rich collection of international perspectives and so effectively fills a gap in the literature. James Fredericks Volkwein, Professor, Pennsylvania State University 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. Jurgen Enders, Professor, University of Twente Since the rankings and indicators of universities are proliferating, this book appears in due time for generating some overview of the field. Do the rankings measure efficiency (in terms of output/input) or effectiveness (in terms of stated goals)? Is one comparing apples with oranges? For example, since mathematicians provide fewer references than molecular biologists, would a university be well advised to close its mathematics department? Would Harvard still be at the top of the list if publications/dollar were used for the ranking? These and such questions require further reflection. The authors have done a commendable job in organizing the state of the art. Loet Leydesdorff, Professor, University of Amsterdam

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