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UniRanks 2017- Aggregate Ranking of Multiple Rankings of World Universities

Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 2,320 Senior Member
UniRanks World University Ranking compiles the results of THE World University Ranking, QS World University Ranking, US News Best Global University, Shanghai ARWU Ranking, and Reuters World Top 100 Innovative Universities.

https://uniranks.com/ranking

Top 15:

1 Stanford University
2 Harvard University
3 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
4 University of Cambridge
5 University of Oxford
6 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
7 Princeton University
8 University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
9 Imperial College London
10 University of Chicago
11 University of Pennsylvania
12 Johns Hopkins University
13 Columbia University
14 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
15 Yale University

Replies to: UniRanks 2017- Aggregate Ranking of Multiple Rankings of World Universities

  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,118 Senior Member
    To combine rankings that are based on vastly different methodologies is meaningless.
  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 2,320 Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    I dont agree. It can help minimize the bias of each one individually. Is it a coincidence that both this and another aggregate ranking for US colleges put out by WashPo yield for the most part very reasonable results, or at least more reasonable than any individual ranking out there?
  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,118 Senior Member
  • UWfromCAUWfromCA Registered User Posts: 1,251 Senior Member
    Similar approach (using U.S. News (National University Rankings), Forbes' America's Top Colleges, Times Higher Education World University Rankings (Reuters), QS World University Rankings, and The Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings)):

    https://plexuss.com/ranking/listing (compare UniRank (US only)/Washington Post in parenthesis):

    1. Stanford (1/1)
    2. Harvard (2/2)
    3. MIT (3/3)
    4. Princeton (5/4)
    5. Chicago (7/21)
    6. Caltech (4/10)
    7. Yale (12/5)
    8. Columbia (10/8)
    9. Penn (8/6)
    10. Berkeley (6/9)
    11. Cornell (13/16)
    12. Duke (15/7)
    13. Johns Hopkins (9/24)
    14. Northwestern (16/22)
    15. UCLA (11/11)
    16. Michigan (14/11)
    17. NYU (22/60)
    18. Brown (33/15)
    19. Washington (17/29)
    20. Carnegie Mellon (27/43)
    21. Washington University in St Louis (25/27)
    22. UCSD (18/27)
    23. Wisconsin (19/33)
    24. North Carolina (23/19)
    25. Illinois (21/25)

    At least we know who 1, 2 and 3 are. <:-P
  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 2,320 Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    @UWfromCA this aggregate ranking you mention blends rankings that measure both undergrad strength/quality and overall research & grad quality. this is not necessarily a bad thing, but it measures a blend of both undergrad & grad/research quality. UniRanks ranking focuses on research strength and the WashPo raking focuses on undergrad strength.

    Also at the WashPo ranking the top 3 are Stanford/Harvard/MIT so yeah there is not much contention about the top 3.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/10/20/heres-a-new-college-ranking-based-entirely-on-other-college-rankings/?utm_term=.72b5c63e097d

    WashPo Top 15:

    1.Stanford University
    2.Harvard University
    3.Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    4.Princeton University
    5.Yale University
    6.University of Pennsylvania
    7.Duke University
    8.Columbia University
    9.University of California at Berkeley
    10.California Institute of Technology
    11.University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    12.University of California at Los Angeles
    13.Rice University
    14.Dartmouth College
    15.Brown University
  • snarlatronsnarlatron Registered User Posts: 1,626 Senior Member
    This compiles research which places a heavy priority on research. research output and so-called research impact, which is not really relevant to all undergrads who are looking for a quality experience in the classroom. It would be perhaps relevant, with departmental differentiation, for grad students.
  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 2,320 Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    @I agree but I would say it is stil relevant to many undergrads because departmental and research strength does influence quite a bit the opportunities of the undergrad programs in many universities. but of course it is more relevant to grad students.
  • UWfromCAUWfromCA Registered User Posts: 1,251 Senior Member
    edited February 2017
    @Penn95 , Washington Post also includes "Rankings from Times Higher Education world university analysts, only of schools within the United States, which focus on research prowess." I included the corresponding Washington Post rankings in post #4 above.
  • tk21769tk21769 Registered User Posts: 10,466 Senior Member
    I agree with snarlatron. I don't think these rankings (either individually or aggregated) are necessarily very appropriate for choosing an American college. Maybe they are if you want a university with very heavy research emphasis. If you want a broad liberal arts education with a lot of faculty engagement, not so much.

    But even if you do want a research-heavy environment, aggregating 5 similar rankings probably isn't better than breaking down one good ranking to focus on your general or specific area of interest. At least a couple of them (THE and USNWR) do provide graduate-level subject rankings. UChicago for example probably would go up for Social Science but down (and out) for engineering.
  • UWfromCAUWfromCA Registered User Posts: 1,251 Senior Member
    Here is another interesting one that combines US News undergraduate business and engineering rankings and graduate department rankings (biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, economics, education, English, history, math, physics, political science, psychology, and sociology). The author does a good job of explaining the limitations of this approach, I think.

    http://publicuniversityhonors.com/rankings-academic-departments-private-elites-vs-publics/

    1. Stanford
    2. Berkeley
    3. MIT
    4. Princeton
    5. Harvard
    6. Michigan
    7. Columbia
    8. Yale
    9. Chicago
    10. Cornell
    10. UCLA
    12. Wisconsin
    13. Texas
    14. Northwestern
    15. Penn
    16. Illinois
    17. Johns Hopkins
    18. Duke
    19. Washington
    20. Minnesota
    21. North Carolina
    22. Ohio State
    23. Maryland
    24. UCSD
    25. Carnegie Mellon
  • MastadonMastadon Registered User Posts: 1,647 Senior Member
    @Penn95
    dont agree. It can help minimize the bias of each one individually.

    Please explain how aggregating 5 rankings with a graduate research bias eliminates the graduate research bias.
  • Penn95Penn95 Registered User Posts: 2,320 Senior Member
    @Mastadon I never said that what you just said. All these rankings measure grad/research, that is a given. Aggregating prob minimizes the bias of each one with respect to what they value most when measuring research/grad strength (innovation, volume, impact of research papers etc). Never said this was an undergrad focused ranking.
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