University Ranking Trends

October 3, 2006

  Since US News & World Report introduced their university rankings more than 20 years ago, rankings have proliferated in more than a dozen countries, including Canada. Recent innovations outside the US have tended toward “institutional disaggregation” (by field of study), decreasing reliance on institutional sources of data (which can be “skewed”), and online customizability (the user weights the factors). The Educational Policy Institute and the Globe & Mail will launch a Canadian interactive university ranking website, “The Navigator,” on October 31, just in time for Hallowe’en. (More info when it becomes available. A brief review of international ranking trends appears at http://educationalpolicy.org/weekeditorial092906.html )