How useful to prospective undergraduate applicants are references to league table rankings and surveys in university prospectuses?
During the last 25 years, with the development of computerised databases, there has been a proliferation of surveys and ratings for health and education, which have been used to produce league table rankings. The results have been claimed to be indicators of the standard of delivery and, as such, valuable tools for potential users of these services, managers and funders.
Philip Rogerson, Director of Higher Education and Careers at Sherborne School, gives a detailed and meticulously-referenced walk through – and critique of – the many education rankings and surveys and how universities use them to impress potential applicants and funders.
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