AUSTRALIA: New body to rank rankers

University rankings are likely to proliferate and become more specialised, creating the need for a new kind of meta-ranking service that sorts and rates comparative data, writes Julie Hare for The Australian.

Along those lines, the International Rankings Expert Group will launch its rankings audit exercise. "There will be a scramble among providers of rankings to become the first to receive the IREG approved quality label," said Tony Sheil, deputy director of research policy, ethics and excellence in research for Australia at Griffith University.

Sheil said while the publishers of commercial rankings will continue to court media attention and controversy by "providing new angles and surprise results", others such as the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings will "reinforce their reputation for stability and glacial rate of change".
Full report on The Australian site