, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 195–223

Global Status, Intra-Institutional Stratification and Organizational Segmentation: A Time-Dynamic Tobit Analysis of ARWU Position Among U.S. Universities


DOI: 10.1007/s11024-013-9228-8

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Cantwell, B. & Taylor, B.J. Minerva (2013) 51: 195. doi:10.1007/s11024-013-9228-8


Ranking systems such as The Times Higher Education’sWorld University Rankings and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Rankings of World Universities simultaneously mark global status and stimulate global academic competition. As international ranking systems have become more prominent, researchers have begun to examine whether global rankings are creating increased inequality within and between universities. Using a panel Tobit regression analysis, this study assesses the extent to which markers of inter-institutional stratification and organizational segmentation predict global status among US research universities as measured by position in ARWU. Findings indicate some support that both inter-institutional stratification and organizational segmentation predict global status.


Global rankingsAcademic competitionUS higher educationGlobal universitiesTobit analysis

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Department of Counseling and Higher EducationUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA