Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education

The Battle for World-Class Excellence

  • Ellen Hazelkorn

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  3. Ellen Hazelkorn
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  4. Ellen Hazelkorn
    Pages 133-166
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 228-304

About this book


'Hazelkorn's work is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding college rankings and the increasing impact they are having in the U.S. and globally.' -

'The book makes an important contribution to the understanding of the rankings phenomenon and ultimately stresses that the choice of indicators is crucial and needs to be considered in tandem with their consequences.' - LSE Blog

'This book by Hazelkorn marks the legitimisation of rankings as a serious topic of academic research and that this work will provide important documentation which future research will build upon'. - Higher Education

'This is a fine study...Hazelkorn's principles, methods and major conclusions will stand the test of time.' - Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management

Ten years have passed since the first global ranking of universities was published. Since then, university rankings have continued to attract the attention of policymakers and the academy, challenging perceived wisdom about the status and reputation, as well as quality and performance, of higher education institutions. Their impact and influence has impacted and influenced policymakers, students and parents, employers and other stakeholders – in addition to higher education institutions around the world. They are now a significant factor shaping institutional ambition and reputation, and national priorities.

The second edition of Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education, now in paperback, brings the story of rankings up-to-date. It contains new original research, and extensive analysis of the rankings phenomenon. Ellen Hazelkorn draws together a wealth of international experience to chronicle how rankings are helping reshape higher education in the age of globalization. Written in an easy but authoritative style, this book makes an important contribution to our understanding of rankings and global changes in higher education. It is essential reading for policymakers, institutional leaders, managers, advisors, and scholars.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ellen Hazelkorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Dublin Institute of TechnologyIreland

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