An evaluation and critique of current rankings

Gero Federkeil, Donald F. Westerheijden

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Abstract

This chapter raises the question of whether university league tables deliver relevant information to one of their key target groups – students. It examines the inherent biases and weaknesses in the methodologies of the major rankings and argues that the concentration on a single indicator of excellence (research) and single function of an institution ignores the diverse needs and motivations of prospective students in choosing a university. It also raises the issue of rankings that proclaim the ‘excellence’ of an entire institution, which may not be an accurate reflection of the performance of individual departments. The authors then present some principles and examples of good practice in ranking and discuss alternative classification systems
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidimensional ranking: the design and development of U-multirank
EditorsFranciscus A. van Vught, Frank Ziegele
Place of PublicationDordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York
PublisherSpringer
Pages39-70
Number of pages194
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-3004-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHigher Education Dynamics
PublisherSpringer
Number37
Volume37

Keywords

  • METIS-286717
  • IR-84399

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    Federkeil, G., & Westerheijden, D. F. (2012). An evaluation and critique of current rankings. In F. A. van Vught, & F. Ziegele (Eds.), Multidimensional ranking: the design and development of U-multirank (pp. 39-70). (Higher Education Dynamics; Vol. 37, No. 37). Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3005-2_4