The Dilemmas of Ranking
The Problem of Ranking in International Education:
This is an article from Khun Porntip ,about raking......and QA
Dear All, As promised ka, I'd like to share with you an
article written by Philip Altbach on 'The
Dilemmas of Ranking', published in the winter 06 issue of
'International Higher Education'
He states that ' The problem with ranking concerns the practice, not
the principle'...reasoning the following:
a.. Many rankings resemble 'popularity contests',
b.. The use of 'the number of articles published' doesn't necessarily relate to the quality or impact of the articles (the articles are mainly in English too which might not be the central medium of communication in other fields),
c.. American scientists mainly cite other Americans and tend to ignore the scholarship from other countries.
d.. Rankings generally do not include teaching quality (he also notes that assessing the impact of education on students is still the unexplored area too ka)
e.. Focusing on undergraduate teaching, stressing specific programs in limited professional fields, providing access to underserved populations, and other goals are not rewarded in most ranking schemes.
f.. Nobel prizes downplays the social sciences and humanities as these areas are not awarded na ka.