Rise of International Rankings May Heighten Inequalities Between and Within Institutions

The rise of global higher-education rankings may exacerbate inequalities between and within institutions, according to a new paper published in the research journal Minerva.

That's because rankings may influence policy makers to direct money to a small number of select research institutions competing for "world class" status and, within those universities, disproportionately to programs in science and technology. Major global rankings—in particular the Academic Ranking