Report provides critique of university rankings process

June 23, 2011

A new report commissioned by the European University Association observes that global university rankings have "galvanized" the world of PSE, but, despite their increasing influence, they provide only an "oversimplified picture" of the mission of universities. Offering a comprehensive analysis of the various methodologies used by international rankings, the report states the rankings "reflect the university research performance far more accurately than teaching" and emphasizes that many of the indicators rankings use are susceptible to manipulation by schools seeking to boost their performance in the lists. The report notes that rankings are here to stay, and the proliferation of global rankings does offer some benefits, such as fostering accountability and encouraging the collection of more reliable data. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access) | Read the report