Multidimensional Ranking

The Design and Development of U-Multirank

  • Frans A. van Vught
  • Frank Ziegele
Book

Part of the Higher Education Dynamics book series (HEDY, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Frans A. van Vught, Don F. Westerheijden, Frank Ziegele
    Pages 1-7
  3. Multidimensional Ranking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Frans A. van Vught, Don F. Westerheijden
      Pages 11-23
    3. Gero Federkeil, Frans A. van Vught, Don F. Westerheijden
      Pages 25-37
    4. Gero Federkeil, Frans A. van Vught, Don F. Westerheijden
      Pages 39-70
    5. Frans A. van Vught, Don F. Westerheijden
      Pages 71-81
  4. U-Multirank

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Gero Federkeil, Frans Kaiser, Frans A. van Vught, Don F. Westerheijden
      Pages 85-96
    3. Gero Federkeil, Ben Jongbloed, Frans Kaiser, Don F. Westerheijden
      Pages 97-124
    4. Julie Callaert, Elisabeth Epping, Gero Federkeil, Ben Jongbloed, Frans Kaiser, Robert Tijssen
      Pages 125-133
    5. Julie Callaert, Elisabeth Epping, Gero Federkeil, Jon File, Ben Jongbloed, Frans Kaiser et al.
      Pages 135-166
    6. Gero Federkeil, Jon File, Frans Kaiser, Frans A. van Vught, Frank Ziegele
      Pages 167-177
    7. Frans A. van Vught, Frank Ziegele
      Pages 179-189
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-194

About this book

Introduction

During the last decades ranking has become one of the most controversial issues in higher education and research. It is widely recognized now that, although some of the current rankings can be severely criticized, they seem to be here to stay. In addition, rankings appear to have a great impact on decision-makers at all levels of higher education and research systems worldwide, including in universities. Rankings reflect a growing international competition among universities for talent and resources; at the same time they reinforce competition by their very results.  Yet major concerns remain as to the rankings' methodological underpinnings and to their various impacts.

This new book presents a comprehensive overview of the current ‘state of the art’ of ranking in higher education and research, and introduces a completely new approach called ‘multidimensional ranking’. In part 1 rankings are discussed in the broader context of quality assurance and transparency in higher education and research. In addition the many current ranking methodologies are analyzed and criticized, and their impacts are explored. In part 2 a new approach to ranking is introduced, based on the basic idea that higher education and research institutions have different profiles and missions and that the performances of these institutions should reflect these differences. This multidimensional approach is operationalized in a new multidimensional and user-driven ranking tool, called U-Multirank. U-Multirank is the outcome of a pilot  project, sponsored by the European Commission, in which the new ranking instrument was designed and tested at a global scale.

Keywords

U-multirank global university ranking higher education rankings multi-dimensional ranking quality assurance quality of higher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Frans A. van Vught
    • 1
  • Frank Ziegele
    • 2
  1. 1.EnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2.OsnabrückGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3005-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-3004-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-3005-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-0378
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