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News vom 04.11.2010

Quality label to offer increased transparency in university rankings

University rankings have become a permanent feature in higher education. Many countries are now comparing their higher education institutions. Several international or global rankings have emerged in recent years. These have attracted a great deal of attention and have even influenced higher education policy in many countries. The rankings differ in relation to targets, methodology, the choice of indicators and results, and this makes it increasingly difficult for users to assess the reliability of the ranking results. A quality label for university rankings should offer better orientation and transparency in the future.

University rankings have become a permanent feature in higher education. Many countries are now comparing their higher education institutions. Several international or global rankings have emerged in recent years. These have attracted a great deal of attention and have even influenced higher education policy in many countries. The rankings differ in relation to targets, methodology, the choice of indicators and results, and this makes it increasingly difficult for users to assess the reliability of the ranking results. A quality label for university rankings should offer better orientation and transparency in the future. This was agreed by international ranking experts at the fifth IREG conference that the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research organised at the beginning of October in Berlin.

”By introducing the quality audit, IREG wants to increase transparency in university rankings and the respective methods applied. Rankings are becoming increasingly important and we have to take this into consideration,” said IREG president Jan Sadlak. In the future, rankings that have been put through the IREG assessment successfully will receive a quality label indicating that they comply with the formulated quality criteria. “The audit should also contribute to increasing the quality of university rankings,” said Sadlak.

The assessment criteria will cover the clear presentation of ranking objectives and target groups, including e.g. whether the ranking takes into account the variety in the higher education system as regards both the different profiles of individual higher education institutions, and also – in case of international rankings – with regard to the different cultures and structures in individual countries. Another criterion is the methodology of the rankings that should be presented transparently. The indicators and calculations should also be laid open. The concept for the audit emphasises the multi-dimensional measuring of the performances of higher education institutions; rankings should not only give one perspective. Rankings are also required to introduce internal quality assurance mechanisms during the ranking process.

The procedure is organised by IREG; the assessment is carried out by independent experts in accordance with a procedure based on international standards for the accreditation of higher education institutions. The first assessments should start at the beginning of 2012.

The audit principles and procedures are open for public consultations. Rankers, experts and academics are welcome to send their comments. Consultations deadline is November 30, 2010.

IREG - Observatory on Academic Rankings and Excellence is an international alliance that includes both the organisations that create the rankings and the institutions that handle the rankings – either as a topic of research or as the higher education institution in question. It is IREG’s aim to enable parties involved to share experiences and ideas on ranking issues and to contribute to improving the quality of rankings. IREG formulated some basic principles for good ranking practice for the first time in 2006 in its “Berlin Principles on Rankings of Higher Education Institutions”.


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