ERIC Number: EJ717881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 9
Benchmarking in Universities: League Tables Revisited
Oxford Review of Education, v31 n3 p353-371 Sep 2005
This paper examines the practice of benchmarking universities using a "league table" approach. Taking the example of the "Sunday Times University League Table", the author reanalyses the descriptive data on UK universities. Using a linear programming technique, data envelope analysis (DEA), the author uses the re-analysis to demonstrate the major shortcomings of current league tables. Those shortcomings include the arbitrary allocation of weightings to performance indicators, the failure to differentiate between inputs and outputs, and the comparison of institutions with dissimilar comparators. DEA is used to exemplify how these three shortcomings could be overcome, and how a better approach to benchmarking could be developed. In particular, it is argued that a DEA approach to benchmarking allows for the recognition of diverse missions, which is more appropriate to universities.
Descriptors: Programming, Mathematical Applications, Benchmarking, Foreign Countries, Tables (Data), Data Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom