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.

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