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ERIC Number: EJ1021578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-080X
Rectifying an Honest Error in World University Rankings: A Solution to the Problem of Indicator Weight Discrepancies
Soh, Kaycheng
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, v35 n6 p574-585 2013
Discrepancies between the nominal and attained indicator weights misinform rank consumers as to the relative importance of the indicators. This may lead to unwarranted institutional judgements and misdirected actions, causing resources being wasted unnecessarily. As a follow-up to two earlier studies, data from the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking (QSWUR) and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) for the top 100 universities were re-analysed. Discrepancies have again been found in the three ranking results, and the problem was rectified by applying score standardisation via "T"-scaling. The universities were then ranked on the new "T"-score, which accurately reflect the systems' indicator weights. Implications for future use of ranking results and refinement of the ranking procedure are discussed.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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