28 August 2017

The US News rankings, America’s Best Colleges, has had a dominant role in admissions to US colleges and universities for many years. It has, however, come under severe criticism from academics and the media.

The Chicago Tribune, for example, has published an article by two Northwestern University professors, Gary Saul Morson and Morton Schapiro, that discusses the rankings and how they could be manipulated.

The authors note that the newspaper frequently sanctions universities for submitting incorrect or inaccurate data but suggests that there are still several ways in which misleading data might be collected and submitted.

These include inflating the number of applications for admissions which will result in a lower admission rate and make colleges appear to be more selective, manipulating test scores by not counting international students, athletes, development cases or delayed admissions. Some colleges are now “test optional”, meaning that students are not required to submit their scores for standardised tests such as the SAT or ACT, with the result that students with low scores are not counted when calculating a college’s average score.

The authors then draw attention to the reputational rankings based on the votes of university administrators explaining that they could use survey responses to reward friends and punish enemies. In addition, colleges might be able to manipulate graduation rates or the number of alumni sending gifts of money, both of which are indicators in the rankings.

Source:
Chicago Tribune

IREG Initiatives

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.

more...

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.

more...

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.

more...

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.

more...

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.

more...

News from IREG Members

The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM)

UI GreenMetric World University Rankings is pleased to hold The 4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric (IWGM) in collaboration with Universitas Diponegoro on 8-10 April 2018. The venue for the event will be in Universitas Diponegoro, Tembalang, Semarang, Indonesia.

This year’s International Workshop on UI GreenMetric will address the theme of “Universities, Impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” and provide the forum to share the best practices in creating a sustainable condition in universities. The attendees will be senior officers (rectors, vice-rectors, sustainability directors, deans, directors, respectful professors) from participating universities which have shown outstanding performance in 2018 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, environment experts, student leaders and other participants The workshop is expected to offer a platform for exchanging information and cooperation in dealing with sustainability issues.

ESCP Honorary doctorate for Prof. Andrzej Kozminski

Prof. Andrzej K. Kozminski, President of Kozminski University has been awarded an honorary doctorate by ESCP Europe, the oldest business school in Europe. The ceremony took place on Dec 8, 2017, at Palais des Congrès in Paris, during the graduation ceremony of the Class 2017 at ESCP Europe in the presence of many distinguished guests, including Tomasz Mlynarski, Polish ambassador to France.

Prof. Kozminski is an economist, sociologist, and the best-known management scholar in Poland. His academic credentials are best described by the following numbers: 4681 quotations, and Hirsch index of 27. In 1993 he established Kozminski University, and served as its rector (1993-2011), and since 2011 he’s been the president of the university.


Polish universities in a global perspective

Research universities, initiatives of excellence, international and national rankings, accreditations, innovativeness of higher education were the topics of the second conference “Polish universities in the global perspective - Rankings and strategic management of a university ", held in Warsaw 27-28 November 2017. Over 160 participants rectors, vice rectors and directors of international offices took part in the conference, organized jointly by Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), Polish Accreditation Committee (PKA) and Perspektywy Education Foundation. Jarosław Gowin,Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education extended his patronage over the conference.


Members area

© 2017 IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence