Monday, November 29, 2010

Questionable Science Behind Academic Rankings

New York Times article questioning the reliability of university rankings after the release of the Times Higher Education ranking where Alexandria University in Egypt had placed 147th.

Paul Wouters - director of the Centre for Science and Technology Studies and professor of Scientometrics at Leiden University  - wrote on his blog about this issue: 
[...] the reason for this high position is the performance of exactly one (1) academic: Mohamed El Naschie, who published 323 articles in the Elsevier journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals of which he is the founding editor.
His article mentions the fact that THE has "outsourced citation analysis to Thomson Reuters" 

THE World University Rankings 2010-2011, powered by Thomson Reuters

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tenure-track Job Satisfaction Survey

Harvard's COACHE (Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education) released the survey The Experience of Tenure Track Faculty at Research Universities in the Summer 2010.

This month they released the names of the participating institutions with the highest level of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction: Nov 15, 2010 press release

Monday, November 8, 2010

The battleground that is business research

FT article
[...]in business research, [...] an exceedingly interesting battle rages. Only HBS, Darden and Ivey believe in case-based research and create a meaningful number of cases each year. The remaining schools focus primarily, if not exclusively, on what might be called contemporary social sciences research.

Yale's School of Management gets $10m to build new library

FT article: Business school news - Wilbur Ross gives Yale $10m to build new library

Article from Yale's School of Management site: Investor Wilbur Ross Makes Major Gift to Support New Yale SOM Campus
An illustration of a proposed design for library space in the new Yale SOM campus.
Picture from Yale's website."An illustration of a proposed design for library space in the new Yale SOM campus."