Monthly Archives: December 2014

University Rankings: a few winners, many more losers?

Competitive University Markets My last blog looked at the criteria on which rankings are based. It ended with a warning that universities might game the system, focusing on the ‘measurable’ things at the expense of what those measures aim to … Continue reading

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University rankings: what’s the point?

University rankings are widespread and commonly referred to: ‘So-and-so University is the best in the country’, or ‘The University of Such-and-such is in the top 10 in the world’, or ‘Blah-de-Blah university is rubbish, it’s lower down the tables’. But … Continue reading

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Are university rankings dinkum or bunkum?

What do rankings measure? Rankings measure what we can count. In a way this seems an obvious point, but the not so obvious point is that there might be some things that can’t be quantified but are important. What do … Continue reading

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Do student loans add up?

I’ve been reading quite a bit about student loans for the last few days. These exist where those who don’t have the cash to study up front – i.e. most people – have to borrow if the government isn’t paying for … Continue reading

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So who does go to university? Is it the people who could/should?

This is Part III…for the start/parent page, click here. The previous two blogs (Part I and Part II) have pointed out that working out who is capable of studying for a degree is tricky because a) grades at school aren’t … Continue reading

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