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Rankings Season Is Here

Altbach, Philip G.

With the arrival of the new academic year in much of the world, the rankings season must be under way. The major international rankings have appeared in recent months—the Academic Ranking of World Universities ([ARWU] the “Shanghai Rankings”), the QS World University Rankings, and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE). Two important US rankings have also been published—the US News & World Report America’s Best College Rankings and the much-delayed National Research Council’s Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs. These are but a few of the rankings available on national or regional postsecondary institutions. For example, the European Union is currently sponsoring a major rankings project. In Germany, the Center for Higher Education Development has formulated an innovative approach to rankings of German universities. The list can be extended. This discussion will provide some comments on each of these rankings and on the current debate on rankings generally.

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Document Title: Rankings Season Is Here
Journal: International Higher Education
Volume: 62
No. of Pages: 2-13

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Keywords:Acadmic Ranking,, Academic Performance, Higher Education

File Size:88 KB
Date Added:25 August 2011

Rankings Season Is Here