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ERIC Number: EJ794574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
An Impossible Dream? The Efficacy of Using Rankings to Improve the Perception of a Non-OECD Country's Educational System
Foley, Chris J.
College and University, v83 n4 p24-30, 32 2008
Rankings have an increasing impact on higher education. Regardless of their true ability to judge a university's success or failure, rankings are used by students, their families, and, increasingly, policy makers to define the quality of institutions. Rankings have gone beyond comparisons among universities within individual countries: Today, they compare universities across geographic regions, and a few rank universities in a global context. This paper reviews the impact of rankings on universities and explores the methodology behind some of the more popular global ranking systems. It then discusses the impact these rankings could have on perceptions of the education systems of countries not included in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (the assumption being that OECD countries tend to have the longest history of utilizing rankings and of marketing their education systems internally and externally) and explores whether these rankings equally influence the perceptions of OECD and non-OECD educational systems as well as the feasibility of improving the rankings of institutions from non-OECD countries. As a case study, this paper focuses on Chile and discusses the relative value and influence of global rankings in regard to the country's higher education system. (Contains 3 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile