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ERIC Number: EJ841212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1061-1932
University Rankings: Status Quo, Dilemmas, and Prospects
Hongcai, Wang
Chinese Education and Society, v42 n1 p42-55 Jan-Feb 2009
It has been exactly twenty years since the term "university rankings" came into being in China, and people have become relatively rational about the process, after an impetuous beginning. In a sense, the appearance of university rankings in China indicates the birth of something new, or the beginning of social voices in higher education evaluation. Although people are still doubtful about their scientific merit, individuals can say for certain that university rankings provide society with an important avenue for understanding universities, as well as an opportunity for universities to reflect upon themselves. Of course, the special significance of rankings lies in their ability to provide society with a reference in university choice. Therefore, they attract wide attention from the public and have developed from one to several ranking systems. In this era of "blossoming" evaluation, universities have started to feel more supervision and thus attach more importance to their own images. This obviously helps establish more harmonious, interactive relationships between universities and society and promotes more active service of universities to social development. People can say that the appearance of university rankings provides people with a new angle from which to observe the development of universities, contributes to the presentation of and refection on values of higher education, and promotes the healthy and sustainable development of higher education. Therefore, although they have only a short history of development in China, university rankings truly add vitality to the development of higher education and promote the perfection of the higher education evaluation system in China. As a mirror, university rankings reflect the status quo, problems, and future trends of higher education evaluation and indicate feasible recommendations on how to improve higher education evaluation in China. This article discusses the (1) origins and significance of university rankings; (2) principal dilemmas faced by university rankings; (3) analysis of stakeholders of university rankings; and (4) prospects of university rankings. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China