publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

University Rankings and Social Science

Marginson, S.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Mar 2014 Journal: European Journal of Education, volume 49, pages 45-59 (issn: 0141-8211, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Country: United Kingdom
University rankings widely affect the behaviours of prospective students and their families, university executive leaders, academic faculty, governments and investors in higher education. Yet the social science foundations of global rankings receive little scrutiny. Rankings that simply recycle reputation without any necessary connection to real outputs are of no common value. It is necessary that rankings be soundly based in scientific terms if a virtuous relationship between performance and ranking is to be established, the worst potentials of rankings are to be constrained, and rankings are optimised as a source of comparative information. This article evalua...
free text keywords: Education, University rankings; International comparisons; Globalisation; Higher education policy; Research policy and management; Performance indicators
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