Measuring Education Quality in Global Rankings: What’s the Likelihood?

Philip G. Altbach, Ellen Hazelkorn


Can the global academic rankings measure teaching quality? The major academic rankings have been adding measures of teaching quality—such as teacher-student ratios. We argue that it is not possible, at least now, to accurately measure teaching quality in a cross-national context. We recommend that the rankings cease measuring something that cannot, at this time, be evaluated.


Teaching evaluation in rankings; global rankings; measurement of teaching quality in higher education

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