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.