CORRELATIONAL INFERENCES FROM TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION 2017 WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKING
knowledge is a strategic commodity as asserted by so many scholars then the
amount and the quality of service provided by the universities are to be
assessed in a variety of ways. The general aim of this study is to extract some
information from the available evidence about tertiary education. The purpose
in operational terms is to make use of data published by Times Higher Education
(THE) 2016-17 World University Rankings, and United Nations Development Program
Pearson correlation is the
statistical method used to make inferences.
The variables correlated are the measures taken by Times Higher Education
in 2016-17. Namely, these are Teaching,
Research, Citations and International Outlook. Some Human Development
Indicators (HDI) are the variables used as benchmarking criteria taken from
Human Development Report 2014 published by UNDP. These are HDI-2012, Research
and Development Expenditure, Educational Expenditures, PISA-2012 Scores. Findings- The
computations yields mostly positive high correlations between pairs of
variables mentioned above. General Educational Expenditure seems to be the
variable correlated not so significantly with the others.
Conclusion- The present
report displays results in conformity with the expectations. Conclusions are
valid for the countries in general and for Turkey in particular separately as
well as for the whole bunch of universities. The author hopes to collect
critical and complementary comments in return.
Times Higher Education, university ranking, higher education, teaching, research
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