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Research Handbook on University Rankings

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Research Handbook on University Rankings

Theory, Methodology, Influence and Impact

9781788974974 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ellen Hazelkorn, BH Associates and Professor Emerita, Technological University Dublin, Ireland and Joint Editor, Policy Reviews in Higher Education and Georgiana Mihut, Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick, UK
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 497 4 Extent: c 560 pp
Gathering unique and thoughtful contributions from leading international scholars, this timely Research Handbook offers diverse perspectives on university rankings twenty years after the first global rankings emerged. It presents an in-depth analysis that reflects the current state of research on rankings, their influence and impact.

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Gathering unique and thoughtful contributions from leading international scholars, this timely Research Handbook offers diverse perspectives on university rankings twenty years after the first global rankings emerged. It presents an in-depth analysis that reflects the current state of research on rankings, their influence and impact.

The Research Handbook explores how rankings and their impacts can be theorized and conceptualized, as well as the methodological tensions that rankings generate. It further examines how rankings have affected institutional behaviours and interacted with the quality agenda in higher education, examining what rankings mean for equity, teaching and learning, and students. Chapters also analyse how rankings interact with and accentuate the geopolitics of higher education, looking ahead to emergent policy issues and responses to rankings.

Higher education researchers, policy and decision makers as well as rankings followers will find the critical insights into globalisation and geopolitics, quality assurance, international comparability and assessment, and student outcomes and learning in this Research Handbook interesting. It will also be a useful read for higher education and university leaders and managers wanting a better understanding of rankings and their usefulness and challenges.
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‘The Research Handbook on University Rankings offers a highly useful and wide-ranging look at the influential role of global rankings, including a frank assessment of the good, the bad and the ugly. National case studies in particular give the reader an understanding of the global drive for metrics and standardized evaluations of university performance, and the actual impact on funding, policies and the behaviors of individual institutions. What is the future of the proliferation of ranking enterprises? The chapters seem to indicate that they will live on as powerful consumer guides for prospective students in the post-COVID era of global talent mobility, but perhaps are waning as an instigator of government policies.’
– John Aubrey Douglass, UC Berkeley, US

‘An enlightening Handbook on everything you always wanted to know about rankings but could not find an answer to: highly reflexive contributions on rankings themselves; challenging analysis of their impact on globalizing higher education and science and on national and institutional policies in different country settings; diving into the business of rankers and publishers; case studies of universities seeking for improved ranks. . . All facets of rankings are scrutinized.’
– Christine Musselin, CNRS and Sciences Po, France

‘With 20 major university rankings, and counting, we badly need better to understand this trend which nearly everyone simultaneously loves and hates. This Research Handbook is a major contribution to that understanding, putting rankings for the first time in their proper context, theoretically and in terms of policy.’
– Peter Scott, UCL Institute of Education, UK

‘If you read only one book about the “whys”, the “hows” and the “impacts” of higher education rankings, this volume is it. Taking both a historical and an international perspective on this global phenomenon, this collection of chapters offers expert views on the changes rankings have brought to the world of higher education locally, globally and in terms of each university mission, as well as an analysis of the methodological and political issues rankings raise. A comprehensive reflection on rankings – now a permanent fixture in the higher education policy landscape – well worth reading.’
– Eva Egron-Polak, Former Secretary General, Senior Fellow, International Association of Universities
Contributors
Contributors include: Philip G. Altbach, Michael Bastedo, Yoran Beldengrün, Paola Belingheri, Andrés Bernasconi, Gerardo L. Blanco, Brigida Blasi, Andrea Bonaccorsi, Jelena Brankovic, James D. Breslin, Julia Brickfield, Angel Calderon, Brendan Cantwell, Leslie Chan, George Chen, Hamish Coates, Ruggero Cortini, Hans De Wit, Annamaria Donnarumma, Nicolau Duran, Tero Erkkilä, Kyle T. Fassett, Xavi Gimenez, Ana Godonoga, Ellen Hazelkorn, Hans Peter Hertig, Matthias Heuser, Richard Holmes, Camille Kandiko Howson, Xi Hong, Tara K. Ising, Koen Jonkers, Jens Jungblut, Robert Kelchen, Jeongeun Kim, Yuyang Kang, Marcelo Knobel, Miguel Antonio Lim, Lu Liu, Shuiyun Liu, William Yat Wai Lo, William Locke, Alma Maldonado-Maldonado, Simon Marginson, Francesco Massucci, Alexander C. Mccormick, Georgiana Mihut, Ka Ho Mok, Pat O’connor, Enrique Orduña-Malea, Ossi Piironen, Carmen Perez-Esparrells, Laura W. Perna, Sabine Plaud, Leopold Ringel, Louis M. Rocconi, Sandra Romagnosi, Guillem Rull, Laura E. Rumbley, Jamil Salmi, Cláudia S. Sarrico, Bjørn Stensaker, Sebastian Stride, Andrée Sursock, Damtew Teferra, Robert Tijssen, Dirk Van Damme, Sonia Veiga, Christian Ivan Cortes Velasco, Martina Vukasovic, Tobias Werron, Jeremy Wright-Kim, Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Thomas Zacharewicz, John Zilvinskis
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