On Ranking of Economic Educational Institutions in Poland

  • T. Szapiro
  • M. Knauff
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 12)


The problem of ranking of educational institutions is discussed in the paper. Using the Polish case, there is presented a conceptual framework enabling analyses of information and decision processes related to functioning of the educational system. The main actors are university management, future students (households) and government. General concepts are illustrated based on results of recent Polish educational rankings.

Ranking is introduced as a tool that leads to decline uncertainty connected with continuous changes and lack of transparency of the educational system. The paper focuses on economic analysis of rankings and identification of principles, which lead to correct use of these tools. Producer’s perspective is used here — the decision-maker is management of university. Then the other actors are discussed as consumers of the output of education. We consider separately decisions of government representing society and decisions of individuals (households). This allows considering a scenario for correct ranking application. Case study providing results of ranking with comments on possibility of decision support is reported.


Educational System Economic Institution Educational Service Multicriteria Optimization Future Student 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Szapiro
    • 1
  • M. Knauff
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Decision Analysis and SupportWarsaw School of EconomicsWarsawPoland

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