ERIC Number: EJ912207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Multidimensional Ranking: A New Transparency Tool for Higher Education and Research
van Vught, Frans; Westerheijden, Don F.
Higher Education Management and Policy, v22 n3 Article 16 Dec 2010
This paper sets out to analyse the need for better "transparency tools" which inform university stakeholders about the quality of universities. First, we give an overview of what we understand by the concept of transparency tools and those that are currently available. We then critique current transparency tools' methodologies, looking in detail at the question of data sources, the risks involved in constructing league tables and the challenges in using composite indicators. Lastly, we argue in favour of developing a new principle for transparency tools: that of multidimensional ranking.
Descriptors: Universities, Educational Quality, Methods, Information Sources, Risk, Educational Indicators, Rating Scales, Institutional Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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