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Australian Universities' Review, v51 n2 p87-90 2009

The number of university rankings systems in use around the world has increased dramatically over the last decade. As they have spread, they have mutated; no longer are ranking systems simply clones of the original ranking systems such as US News and World Report. A number of different types of mutation have occurred, so that there are now varieties of rankings around the world. The purpose of this short paper is to describe these mutations and examine likely future developments in rankings as they continue to spread across the globe.

Descriptors: Classification, Higher Education, Universities, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Research, Media Adaptation, Institutional Evaluation, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Global Approach

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Autor: Usher, Alex


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