The IREG president, Prof. Luiz Claudio Costa was appointed first emeritus member of the RANKINTACS NETWORK - Brazilian Network of Research in Rankings, Indexes and Tables Classificatory in Higher Education*. The ceremony took place during the REDE RANKINTACS 2nd Seminar, held on August 23rd, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Campinas. Luiz Costa gave a lecture entitled "Academic Rankings in Higher Education: Trends and Perspectives" in which he highlighted the university rankings importance as another source of information available to university governance, as well as potential tool for improving institutions’ quality.
18 September 2017
An article by Jonathon Wai in The Conversation asks what is really measured by university rankings. The article focuses on America’s Best Colleges, published by US News, and the indicators that use scores in the SAT or ACT, standardised tests taken by applicants to most American colleges. His discussion is based on a paper in the Journal of Intelligence that he co-authored with Matt I. Brown and Christopher F. Chabris.
13 September 2018
The third edition of the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Global Employability Rankings have produced results that are quite different form the other of the QS World University Rankings or other research based rankings. The University of Melbourne is 6th in the employability rankings but was 39th in QS’s world rankings. Caltech, fourth in the world rankings, is 71st for employability. It is also noticeable that Asian universities are doing well for graduate employability.
11 September 2018
The America’s Best Colleges ranking, published by US News, has for many years been a standard reference for prospective students, administrators and stakeholders. It has, however, sometimes been criticised for methodological shortcomings. The reliance on peer assessment might encourage a bias towards richer private universities and it has been claimed that using standardised test scores as an indicator results in privileging those students who can afford expensive coaching.
07 September 2018
Recently there has been growing interest in measuring and comparing the social contribution of universities. The new Russian Three Missions University Rankings includes a group of metrics entitled University and Society and the Universitas Indonesia Greenmetric ranking covers contributions to environmental sustainability.
04 September 2018
Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Rankings provides an alternative approach to the ranking of American institutions of higher education. The magazine ranks four-year schools based on their contribution to society, which is assessed by three criteria: social mobility, research and service.
30 August 2011
The South African media have expressed concern over the continuing poor performance of local universities in international university rankings.
27 August 2018
The SCImago Journal and Country Rank is produced by the SCImago Lab, which is a research group attached to Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), University of Granada, Extremadura, Carlos III (Madrid) and Alcalá de Henares.
21 August 2018
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education was first published in 1973 and provides a framework for analysing the US higher education system. At present, the system classifies institutions that are accredited and award degrees. The main categories are Doctorate-granting Universities, with three levels of research activity, Master’s Colleges and Universities, grouped according to the number of master’s degrees awarded, Baccalaureate Colleges, Associates Colleges, Special Focus Institutions and Tribal Colleges.
The purpose of "IREG Inventory of International Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.
National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.
With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.
The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.
The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.
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