How important is University or College Rankings ?

November 26, 2021by Cliftons Study Abroad0

What is University or College Rankings?

University or College rankings are rankings of institutions in higher education which is based on various factors. The ranking is conducted by magazines, newspapers, websites, government, and academics.

Rankings take into account a variety of factors such as endowment, funding, research output, specialist expertise, awards, student alternatives, graduate employment, internationalization, industry linkage, and various other factors. Mainly rankings, most of which are based on the research output of the inspiration.

Global Ranking Specialists!

The three most well-known and significant global rankings are Quacquarelli Symonds, Shanghai Ranking, and Times Higher Education (THE). Quacquarelli Symonds started in the 1990s and since   2004, Quacquarelli Symonds has issued an annual rating of the world’s top institutions, known as the QS World University Rankings. They ranked 916 universities in 2016, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and Harvard University ranking first, second, and third, respectively. This was the first time since the rankings’ inception in 2004 that all three top spots were held by American universities.

Times Higher Education (THE) from 2004 to 2009, Times Higher Education (THE), a British journal, collaborated with Quacquarelli Symonds to create the annual Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings (QS). THE produced a table of the top 200 institutions, while QS ranked about 500 universities online, in print, and through media partners.

Shanghai Ranking since 2003, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which was founded by Shanghai Jiao Tong University and is now managed by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, has published annual worldwide university rankings, making it the first of its type. AU doesn’t rely on surveys or school submissions. They mainly focus on the number of articles published in nature and science, as well as the number of Nobel prize winners and field medallists.

Now, how does this Ranking help students to pick the university?

As we have seen above there are different criteria that determine the ranks of each university and college. Now how are these rankings important for international students? University ranking shows the strength of the university, some of the universities do take university academic reputation faculty and student ratio as a higher weight of measurement. Most of the parents or students prefer universities with higher rankings because as they think about a degree or a master’s degree from a top-ranked university will benefit their future. Looking at the job prospects, teaching and the training aspect, as well as the environment all of these, are taken into consideration.

College Rankings

Some important aspects to consider while choosing a college for graduation or post-graduation.

 

Rankings have been shown to considerably aid in the maintenance and enhancement of an institution’s standing and reputation. Having your institution rank as high as possible increases your chances of being considered for a prospective student’s shortlist. Rankings have been shown to improve the university’s branding.

While you are looking for universities with a good ranking what criteria will be the most important to you?

  • The criteria or the methodology can be different for different specialists. Some of them give importance to students or faculty, or it can be the research conducted or the output from each university, courses, and so on. One of the most important aspects is what is important to you?
  • Some students want to study in a top-ranked university that has produced more research output. Or some students might look more into the awards that the universities have earned.
  • Why do students choose this?? This is because of the benefits that the ranked universities offer. As in good placement, looks great on your resume and strong academic reputation is always of great benefits which will always help in the future.
  • When you are planning your masters… here too some of you consider the subject-based ranking. As in the students who plan to do the masters, who have already decided the subject in which they specialize. These students would also look at the subject-based ranking. QS World University ranking by subject compares the performance of each subject or a group of subjects. This is valuable to the students who want to major in that subject as well as who want to know which university is best in the field.

Another important aspect is checking the National University Ranking.

  • Some students go abroad to fill their college life with more experience and exposure. So this student would decide the country they want to study in, then you should check the National University ranking. There is more than one specialist who ranks the universities according to a different set of criteria. So it’s wise that students check the employment, expenditure per student, and the feedback on the university’s performance.
  • Another aspect to consider if you are planning on doing a post-graduate program is to understand which university produces the best research. According to QS World University Rankings, 20% of the overall score is based on the research output.

If you’re interested in doing research, compare each university ranking according to research.

Rankings can be considered trustworthy sources for encouraging the gathering and distribution of reliable national data in higher education. Global rankings can spark national debate and in-depth research of critical aspects that may influence regional or institutional ranking’s success.

Such reports and findings could even be used to influence favorable policy changes within the company.

Every university ranking system has its unique set of criteria for scoring, comparing, and ranking institutes. The outcomes of each will differ, and there is no such thing as a “perfect” ranking! To acquire a well-rounded understanding of university ranking tables, the greatest advice I can give is to look at as many different elements as possible. Focus on a few key factors that are important to you and use them to assess your institution options. Also, don’t forget to study up on the schools you want to apply to and conduct your research, as no league table can substitute this.

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