World University Rankings Editor Under Attack. From Himself.

In the latest edition of Insider Higher Education magazine, the deputy editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement confesses that the THE-QS rankings are inadequate.  His admission seems to validate past criticisms of the rankings, both from respected authorities as well as unrespected authorities.

The editor goes on to reevaluate the purpose of the rankings, deciding on a complete overhaul.  He will not be deprived of suggestions.  Almost everyone in the field of higher education will have an opinion on the methodology.  But whose opinions are most important to the editors?  Obviously, putting Stanford at #19 again won’t inspire much confidence from Americans.  Would we have been able to find such rankings if it weren’t for #19?

It will be interesting to see how this reform project develops.  For now, prospective applicants might want to keep an open mind about school selection, as the parameters might soon change.


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