Time to forge a new approach between higher education and political system

Posted in Governance and administration on December 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For all the Cabinet meetings held on university campuses, the smiling photo ops of government ministers at launches and sod turnings, the fine phrases of presidents in introducing politicians, you would be forgiven for thinking there is a strong and positive relationship between the universities, institutes and the political system. You would be wrong …” (more)

[Tom Boland and Ellen Hazelkorn, Irish Times, 12 December]

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Ellen Hazelkorn, ‘The Role of Higher Education in the Age of Populism’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The last few years have been tumultuous. The recent Brexit vote, the US Presidential election, as well as votes in Italy and Austria – and forthcoming elections in NL, France and Germany – highlight a growing gap between people with a college education and those without. We have seen the emergence of the notion of ‘post-truth’ – with fake news, ‘alternative facts’, and so on – through which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion, and repeated assertion …” (more)

[HEPRU, 2 February]

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Rankings and state of third-level sector

Posted in Governance and administration on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Ellen Hazelkorn suggests that discussions about the future funding of higher education should be ‘based on real evidence and not on rankings’ (Opinion & Analysis, September 22nd). But in this, she creates a false dichotomy …” (more)

[Ned Costello, Irish Times, 24 September]

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Make decisions based on evidence, not on university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“It is rankings season again. The latest Times Higher Education rankings is likely to send governments and institutions, in Ireland and around the world, into a new state of frenzy. Rankings are a successful and lucrative business model …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Irish Times, 22 September]

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Why university rankings may be harming higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Another week, another set of university rankings as the Times Higher Education releases it league table. It follows others recently published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai) …” (more)

[Grainne Loughran, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Hot academic debate as THE releases latest ranking

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2016 by steve

International“The internecine academic ‘conflict’ over league tables flared at last week’s Going Global 2016 conference. The latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings were released, dominated by the planet’s best-endowed universities, while an expert warned against basing policy on ‘what is essentially a report card on disparities of wealth’ …” (more)

[Karen MacGregor, University World News, 6 May]

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LinkedIn: the future of global university rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Much has been debated and researched about the uses and abuses of university rankings. Ellen Hazelkorn, author of Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education, says that: ‘Rankings serve some good, but they create a lot of perverse incentives’ …” (more)

[Rahul Choudaha, University World News, 8 May]

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Rankings create ‘perverse incentives’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A worldwide obsession with higher education rankings kicked off in 2003 when a small team of researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University set out to compare China’s research universities with their counterparts around the globe …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 10 April]

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University rankings schizophrenia? Europe impact study

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2014 by steve

EU“It has been a decade since global rankings first burst onto the world stage in 2003. Reaction was swift; political and higher education leaders took immediate notice …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, University World News, 14 November]

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New Report Shows Growing Importance of Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2014 by steve

EU“The European Universities Association in partnership with the French Rectors’ Conference, Dublin Institute of Technology and the Academic Information Centre in Latvia, has produced a report that assesses the impact of university rankings on the decision making processes and strategies of European higher education institutions …” (more)

[IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, 9 November]

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Devil is in the detail of global university rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Opinion: To shape our higher education policy according to commercial rankings would constitute abandonment of sovereignty. It’s that time of year again when higher education and the media become convulsed by the ups and downs of Irish universities in global rankings …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Irish Times, 7 October]

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Obama’s Rating System: an International Perspective

Posted in Governance and administration on May 9th, 2014 by steve

“As an observer of global university rankings, I’ve followed the debate about President Obama’s proposed college-ratings system with great interest — and growing incredulity …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Chronicle of Higher Education, 8 May]

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University rankings wield immense influence over Higher Ed and society at large – with positive and perverse effects

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“In a time of growing demand for and on higher education, university rankings have transformed university strategy. Ellen Hazelkorn finds their crude simplicity is what makes rankings so infectious. Yet, quality is a complex concept …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 11 April]

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Are university rankings the tip of the iceberg?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2014 by steve

International“After a decade, it’s clear that rankings have, controversially, fired a shot across the bow of higher education and their host governments …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, University World News, 4 April]

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Nations Chasing Harvard Merge Universities to Ascend Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2014 by steve

International“Ten miles from King Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles, another monument to French ambition is rising out of muddy wheat fields. Twenty colleges and research institutes are combining to create Universite Paris-Saclay, soon to be one of France’s largest universities, at a cost of about €6.5 billion euros …” (more)

[Oliver Staley, Bloomberg, 13 March]

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World class universities and the public interest

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The distribution of research funding and the new HE funding model have widened the privilege gap, not just affecting institutions and their students but undermining the cities and regions in which they reside …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Policy Network, 3 March]

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Lies, damned lies and third-level rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on February 15th, 2014 by steve

“Higher education has been crying out for performance indicators, but authorities in Ireland have been wary of the distorting effects of global rankings. The three big international indices – Shanghai, Times Higher Education and QS – all measure different things …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 15 February]

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Gender balance of third-level staff needs review

Posted in Governance and administration on January 31st, 2014 by steve

“DIT’s top level staff could soon have no full-time female representation, with Professor Ellen Hazelkorn to be seconded to the HEA and a new director to be brought in for Research and Enterprise …” (more)

[Al McConnell, The Edition, 31 January]

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Experts warn of university rankings bias as EU prepares new table

Posted in Governance and administration on July 15th, 2013 by steve

EU“To boost the global standing of EU universities, the European Commission has pegged in its higher education strategy a new form of university listing, which analysts say may overturn the US ‘elite’ bias of current commercial rankings …” (more)

[EurActiv, 12 July]

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University Rankings Proliferate, Along With New Uses for the Data They Collect

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2013 by steve

“The number of international university rankings continues to grow, transforming a crowded and increasingly controversial field with new methodologies and new uses for rankings and the data compiled to produce them …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 April]

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