ERIC Number: EJ838689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
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A Faustian Bargain? Institutional Responses to National and International Rankings
West, Peter W. A.
Higher Education Management and Policy, v21 n1 p1-10 2009
In the highly competitive international world of learning, universities make full use of favourable league table positions to strengthen their reputations. Yet are they, in so doing, entering into a Faustian Bargain in which the long-term cost outweighs the short-term gain? Success in league tables comes at a cost in terms of accepting the orthodoxies of others instead of pursuing particular institutional missions linked to the particular priorities of the local community. Based on recent surveys of institutional experience and on a new analysis of the impact of league tables on English higher education, this paper argues that if, as seems likely, rankings are here to stay, the shortcomings of the present approach must be acknowledged and addressed.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Reputation, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Mission, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)