THE World University Rankings « Ninth Level Ireland
Is it valid to use reputation measures in university rankings? Phil Baty
Michael Bastedo, associate professor at the Centre for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan, thinks it is “best to avoid them”.
He has sent me his research on the reputation surveys used by US News & World Report to compile its rankings of US institutions. He concludes that the scores (worth 25 per cent of the overall score) correlate closely with a university’s ranking position the previous year but bear little relation to changes to other performance measures.
That is to say, a good ranking produces a good reputation score, which perpetuates the good ranking.