A number of organizations publish rankings of institutions and research programs. In ranking an institution, a level of ambiguity must be embraced because many different metrics are used to make comparisons. A variety of ranking models are created by various organizations for their own purposes. As each ranking model incorporates different variables and weights them differently, no single ranking methodology is appropriate for all situations. Examples of published rankings include:

The US News & World Report Rankings is a well-known ranking of universities by discipline, but actual research measures are not part of their ranking criteria.

Berlin Principles on Ranking of Higher Education Institutions

UNESCO European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES) and the Institute for Higher Education Policy founded the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) was founded in 2004 by the in Bucharest and the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, DC.  In 2006, the IREG proposed a set of 16 principles for ranking of higher education institutions (the ‘Berlin Principles’).  This was followed with a manual for auditing rankings. To date, QS World University Rankings is the only international ranking that has been undergone and passed an audit based on these principles.

University of Minnesota Provost Office Reports

At the University of Minnesota, the Academic Affairs and Provost's office reports a number of ranking tools. A variety of data is presented to assist users to determine the University’s ranking in a number of areas.


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