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Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education – Second edition due March 2015

Rankings Book CoverThe second edition of Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn’s book, Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education, is due out in March from Palgrave-Macmillan. Details from the publisher follow (Link to original page):

“Ten years have passed since the first global ranking of universities was published. Since then, university rankings have continued to attract the attention of policymakers and the academy, challenging perceived wisdom about the status and reputation, as well as quality and performance, of higher education institutions. Their impact and influence has impacted and influenced policymakers, students and parents, employers and other stakeholders – in addition to higher education institutions around the world. They are now a significant factor shaping institutional ambition and reputation, and national priorities.

The second edition of Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education brings the story of rankings up-to-date. It contains new original research, and extensive analysis of the rankings phenomenon. Ellen Hazelkorn draws together a wealth of international experience to chronicle how rankings are helping reshape higher education in the age of globalization. Written in an easy but authoritative style, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of rankings and global changes in higher education. It is essential reading for policymakers, institutional leaders, managers, advisors, and scholars.”

  • “Hazelkorn’s work is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding college rankings and the increasing impact they are having in the U.S. and globally.” – USnews.com
  • “The book makes an important contribution to the understanding of the rankings phenomenon and ultimately stresses that the choice of indicators is crucial and needs to be considered in tandem with their consequences.” – LSE Impact Blog
  • “This book by Hazelkorn marks the legitimisation of rankings as a serious topic of academic research and that this work will provide important documentation which future research will build upon.” – Higher Education
  • “This is a fine study … Hazelkorn’s principles, methods and major conclusions will stand the test of time.” – Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

Global University Rankings and national sovereignty

From HEPRU’s Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn on rankings and how they cannot capture the full complexity of higher education:

There are about 18,000 university-level institutions, according to the International Association of Universities. For Ireland, being in the top 500-600 represents the top 3 per cent of all universities worldwide. If we believed in rankings this is something of which we should be immensely proud.

It has been estimated that the annual budget of a top-100 university is about €1.7 billion. This is would consume almost all the annual budget for Irish higher education, which is about €2 billion. To pursue a national strategy based on rankings would require diverting the entire budget to a single university on an ongoing basis – because one injection of funding would not be sufficient.

But money isn’t the only issue at stake. It’s not evident that the indicators used by rankings measure what is meaningful. Thus, to shape our national higher education policy and priorities according to indicators chosen by (commercial) ranking organisations would constitute the abandonment of national sovereignty. Why should we do this?

Full article on the Irish Times website: “Devil is in the detail of global university rankings.”