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U-Map and U-Multirank: Measuring complexity in higher education

28 September 2011, by Prof Linda Kristjanson

 

The rationale for the measurement of university performance is grounded in a number of assertions. Public universities should be accountable. Students deserve access to information about universities to inform decisions about where they will study. And industry and government ought to know which universities are performing well. In response, a number of instruments and ranking systems are used in an effort to provide a rather austere answer to a complicated question. And unsurprisingly, a number of criticisms have been levelled at these condensed, traditional indices.

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Bibliometrics in research assessment: contrasting ERA and the REF

28 September 2011, by Professor Linda Butler

In both the UK and Australia, the method for assessing university research performance, which feeds into block grant funding has undergone major change. In this short piece, I do not have the space to revisit the full history of developments in both systems, but suffice it to say political and bureaucratic drivers saw the Australian developments in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative and the UK developments in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) arriving at a very similar point in late 2008. The developments occurred from quite different starting points, but at that time both countries were planning to introduce a metrics based system of assessment for the sciences, with a central role for bibliometrics, while relying on peer review for the social sciences, humanities and the arts. After that, the two developments diverged markedly.

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Assessing Research Excellence: Lessons from the UK?

28 September 2011, by Professor Jeroen Huisman

The UK introduced its first Research Selectivity Exercise in 1986 and since then the country has had five Research Assessment Exercises (RAEs) and is now preparing for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Emerging from a context in which the exercise was meant to selectively fund research, it gradually developed into a re-allocation exercise with the objectives to gain insight in the research quality across the sector and disciplines and to allocate research funds to research groups that have shown the highest quality. Despite changes over the years regarding the definitions of quality standards, the frequency of assessments, but particularly with respect to the measurement of quality, key elements remained the same...

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University Discipline Diversity Matters for Research Excellence

28 September 2011, by Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins

Australian universities have a high level of diversity in the research disciplines that they pursue. There are 18 of 39 universities that submitted ERA research outputs in at least 20 of the possible 25 two-digit fields of research that were evaluated. Some 15 of these universities were established prior to the introduction of the Unified National System in 1987. Two of the other three were Institutes of Technology prior to 1987 with active applied research agendas. Five universities, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, New South Wales and Australian National University had all of the disciplines evaluated rated at or above world standard. Some 23 universities (59%) had at least half their disciplines rated at or above world standard. Many of the remaining 16 Universities had a very weak research performance. There is clear evidence that the quality of research performance does correlate, with few exceptions, with the diversity of the research effort in a university.

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U-Map and U-Multirank: new European transparency instruments for higher education

26 September 2011, by Jon File

This week the European Commission released a wide-ranging new communiqué (COM [2011] 567/2) entitled “Supporting growth and jobs – an agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems.” As in previous policy documents, one of the points of departure is that Europe needs a wide diversity of higher education institutions; each institution must pursue excellence in line with its mission and strategic priorities; and that more transparent information about the profiles and performance of individual institutions is needed. 

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