GLOBAL: New book on university rankings
A serious approach towards university rankings implies that they should be analysed properly - including the methods used and the indicators chosen - and that the objectives claimed should be investigated, according to a release about the book. "If university rankings are considered as consumer information then everyone should have an interest in basing such guidance on valid and reliable data and methodology. A serious analysis should also discuss the wider implications of rankings as an emerging phenomenon in higher education."
The contributions in the book, it continues, "investigate and analyse how different rankings work, how they reach their conclusions, and on what data and methodology they are built. Furthermore, it provides a critical reflection on the impact of rankings on higher education, how and in what way rankings influence."
University Rankings, Diversity, and the New Landscape of Higher Education is published by Sense Publishers: Rotterdam and Taipeh. Barbara M Kehm is with the International Centre for Higher Education Research-Kassel, at the University of Kassel, and Bjørn Stensaker is with NIFU STEP in Oslo, a leading Norwegian research institute for studies in innovation, research and education. The publication costs Euro45 and can be ordered at: www.sensepublishers.com