From 2012 – 2015, EUA worked on a project entitled ‘Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes’ (RISP), in partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the French Rectors’ Conference (CPU) and the Academic Information Centre (AIC) in Latvia.
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union
Universities worldwide are increasingly being confronted with ranking and classification initiatives both at national and international level. While many institutions have reservations about the methodologies used by the ranking compilers, there is a growing recognition that rankings and classifications are here to stay and many feel the need to respond. Recent research on institutional responses further shows that despite the widely acknowledged methodological shortcomings, rankings and classifications have a growing impact on institutional decision-making and actions. Shedding light on the ways in which universities respond to rankings and other transparency tools – consciously or unconsciously – would be the first step towards identifying opportunities for using rankings in beneficial ways for institutional development.
The RISP project was the first pan-European study of the impact and influence of rankings on European universities. The project aimed to build understanding on how rankings and similar transparency tools impact the development of institutional strategies and processes, and to propose recommendations on how they can be used to promote institutional development while also identifying potential pitfalls that the universities should avoid.
The objectives of the project were:
The project objectives were achieved through the following activities:
The publication “Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes (RISP): Impact or Illusion...Read more