Annotated documentation on league tables and rankings

Ben Wilbrink

As an appetizer, be sure to read the critical article by a researcher knowing almost everything that is methodologically relevant in the rankings games played everywhere, nowadays:

Anthony F. J. van Raan (2005). Challenges in Ranking of Universities." [dead link? 1-2009]

This page, of course, is related to the ones on indicators and competion between educational institutions [those pages are - should be - in English as far as English literature is mentioned]. The general problem, of which ranking of schools and universities is just a specific example, is that of assessment of achievement, the subject of most of the professional part of my website.

My mission statement regarding this webpage? Behold the folly of management high and low. On a more serious note: ranking is a medieval habit that seemingly was re-introduced in Western society in the field of sports. It might even be possible that a certain competitive spirit among the poorer residents of Cambridge University in the later eighteenth century spilled over in English sports, that however is purely speculation on my part. Sportive competition has become a metaphor abused by scores of politicians and other authoritarians outside sports proper. One such abuse is to hold educational institutions accountable on their local or global ranking between comparable? institutions.


In the later Middle Ages students traveled long distances to attend a university of their parents' or clerical order's choice, in Western Europe: Bologna, Paris, Oxford, Cologne, Bourg, Leuven, and others in Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Britain, the Low Countries, Germany. I am not aware of any publication that addresses the issue directly. It is evidently the case, however, that Bologna, Salamanca, or Paris were very great names, attracting students from Britain and Ireland also. Scores of priviliges determined the attractiveness of the particular university, as well as the city of location, or its tradition in particular academic fields or in serving the children of the elite, as for example Bologna, on both accounts mentioned last.



Richard Farnum: Prestige in the IVY League: Democratization and discrimination at Penn and Columbia, 1890-1970. In Paul William Kingston and Lionel S. Lewis (Eds) (1990). The high-status track: studies of elite schools and stratification. Albany: State University of New York Press.


Paul Black (1998). Learning, League Tables and National Assessment: opportunity lost or hope deferred? Oxford Review of Education, 24

Fisher Dilke (September 8, 1998). Education league tables 'worthless.' BBC. html


The Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings 2004


Anthony F. J. van Raan (2005). Challenges in Ranking of Universities. Invited paper for the First International Conference on World Class Universities, Shanghai Jaio Tong University, Shanghai, June 16-18, 2005. [dead link? 1-2009]

The Times Higher Education Supplement (October 28, 2005). Extra supplement: The Times Higher World University Rankings 2005 - the best guide to the world's top universities. pdf

Robert Tijssen Hugo Hollanders Thed van Leeuwen and Anton Nederhof (2005). Science and technology indicators 2005. Summary. Netherlands Observatory of Science and Technology. site


The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) (2006). The Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (IHE-SJTU). html

The Times Higher Education Supplement, October 6, 2006 World University Rankings No, the rankings are not available for free, unless you take a free 14-day trial

U.S. News & World Report. America's best colleges 2006. pagina. Geeft de instellingen naar hun rank in de lijst, meteen doorklikbaar naar de website van de betreffende instelling. Voor de gedetalleerde data moet je de online version kopen voor ca 15 dollar. Dit is wel de ongelooflijk invloedrijke ranglijst waarvoor iedereen siddert en bereid is met zijn in te sturen gegevens te sjoemelen. Zie Ehrenberg (2001) [dead link? 1-2009] (hierboven) voor een inside visie op USNWR' ranking.

U.S. News & World Report. America's best graduate schools 2006. pagina. Idem (zie boven). En je kunt meteen door naar de beste e-learning instellingen, ziektekostenverzekeringen, ziekenhuizen, en politici.Wat een wereld. De kiosk op de hoek, of die op Schiphol, heeft wel een exemplaar van de gedrukte versie, als die recent uit is.

Alexandra Blair (September 12, 2006). Britain slips to ninth on university league table. Times Online html

world_ranking.gif OECD (2006). Education at a Glance. OECD Indicators - 2006 Edition. e-book is available for € 45. Shame on the OECD. Is there someone willing to send me the e-book? site

John O'Leary (2006). The Times Good University Guide. site

Martin Birchall (2006). The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2006-2007.

Tom Halpin (June 5, 2006). In the scrum for places, is your university a winner? The Times html

The Sunday Times University League Table pdf, also student satisfaction pdf

The Guardian University Guide 2006 html. How the tables are computed html


Leiden orange ranking

The Leiden Ranking

The main page is a [dead link? 1-2009] file, download it.


THE World University Rankings 2010. The Times Higher Education Supplement. html


The Leiden Ranking

ARWU site presents a list of sites of rankings, ranking guides, etcetera.

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies CWTS at Leiden University " [dead link? 1-2009]

OECD (2006). Education at a Glance: OESO-indicatoren - uitgave 2006. Samenvatting in het Nederlandspdf

OCenW (12 september 2006). Samnevatting van Education at a Glance 2006. pdf

Ellen Hazelkorn (2015 2nd) Rankings and the reshaping of higher education. The battle for world-class excellence. Palgrave Macmillan. [PEDAG 40-g-196] [als eBook in KB] info

Ellen Hazelkorn was member of the Veerman Committee (Commissie-Veerman)

Jung Cheol Shin; Robert K Toutkoushian; Ulrich Teichler (2011). University Rankings. Theoretcal basis, methodology and impacts on global higher education. Springer. [eBook KB]

Björn Hammarfelt, Sarah de Rijcke, Paul Wouters (2017). From Eminent Men to Excellent Universities: University Rankings as Calculative Devices. Minerva DOI 10.1007/s11024-017-9329-x pdf

Mark Deuze (8 maart 2018). Rankings bedreigen alles wat goed en mooi is in de academie Folia blog

Jerry Z. Muller (2018). The Tyranny of Metrics. Princeton University Press. 9780691174952 reviewed in Science .

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