University Rankings

Ranking African Universities Fraught and Futile

The director of directs the International Network for Higher Education in Africa argues that a nascent effort to rank the continent’s institutions of higher education ‘seems to me to be doomed from the start.’

6 years ago
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Asian Universities Continue Rise in the Rankings

As we continue to examine the role of ranking in the academic world, it’s worth noting that by 2040 it’s expected that a quarter of the Times Higher Education top 200 will be schools in Asia.

7 years ago
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The Slippery Slope: Dumbing Down into Secondary Schools

Although this piece first posted at The Conversation was not intended as a response to Daniel Nehring’s request for opinions about effect of ranking-mania on academic labor, Alister Scott’s observations on the current state of British higher education do shine a light on one facet of the larger issues involved.

7 years ago
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What Do Academia’s Ubiquitous Rankings Accomplish?

Why does it matter whether you study or work at the sociology department that comes first, 12th or 89th in a ranking? Why does it matter whether the journal you publish in is included and ranked in a certain index, or not? Let us know your thoughts.

7 years ago
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Beware the Lessons of Competitive US Higher Ed

Other nations looking at successful American universities and seeing the invisible hand of the marketplace at work should take a closer look at the arm attached to that hand, argues Steve C. Ward.

8 years ago