Social Contexts and Systemic Consequence of University Rankings: A Meta-Analysis of the Ranking Literature

  • Ulrich Teichler
Part of the The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective book series (CHAC, volume 3)


In the blurb of a recent book by two European higher education researchers on university rankings (Kehm and Stensaker 2009), we can read the following: “University rankings are a relatively new phenomenon in higher education. Although quite an established practice in the U.S., it is only within the last decade that attempts to analyse university performance have to the rest of the world, and that we also have seen global rankings appear – rankings attempting to measure university performance beyond national borders. No wonder that this trend is accompanied by a growing interest in studying rankings throughout the world …”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel)University of KasselKasselGermany

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