Rankings Season is Here

  • Philip Altbach
Keywords: Rankings, Academic Quality, Assessment and Accreditation,


The major international rankings of higher education have appeared in recent months. The ranking is an inevitable result of the massification and commercialization of higher education worldwide. Ranking presumes a zero-sum game, but in reality, improvement is taking place everywhere. The current rankings are largely measured by research productivity, and they are advantageous for major English-speaking countries. Each ranking use different measures, and also changes over time. The user must be aware of the uses and problems of rankings.
How to Cite
Altbach, P. (2011). Rankings Season is Here. International Higher Education, (62). https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2011.62.8531