ERIC Number: EJ721201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-1
Latent Variable Analysis: A New Approach to University Ranking
Guarino, Cassandar; Ridgeway, Greg; Chun, Marc; Buddin, Richard
Higher Education in Europe, v30 n2 p147-165 Jul 2005
This study applies a Bayesian latent variable analysis to the task of determining rankings of universities in the UK and US, on the basis of a set of quality-related measures. It estimates the degree of uncertainty in the rankings and permits the assessment of statistically significant differences across universities. It also provides a methodology for determining the weighting of various measures that is based on the patterns embedded in the data and compares the latent variable rankings with traditional weight-and-sum rankings. Overall, the methodology contributes to a better understanding of ranking efforts and illustrates the need for caution in interpreting distinctions published in traditional ranking systems.
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Criteria, Bayesian Statistics, Higher Education, Educational Quality
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States