Analysis of the Results of the International Assessment of the Content of University Sites and its Impact on the University Web Activity
The third international Evidence Informed Policy and Practice in Education in Europe. Oslo: Norwegian Knowledge Center for Education, 2014. - P.15-16.
1 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2015 Last revised: 5 Apr 2016
Date Written: May 15, 2014
Of the recognized global university rankings only one - Webometrics Ranking of World Universities - stimulates the development of not only the elite but also of mass higher education, both globally and in each individual country. Broad coverage of universities in this ranking (20 thousand ranged universities, compared with 200-700 universities in other global rankings) opens up the possibility of comprehensive regular analysis of national educational systems. Such analysis is the goal of our research since 2007. Being followers of mass education, we regularly publish the results of the rating, comparing national systems of higher education with regard to the scale factor.
Summary of results of 2007-2014 is executed taking into account: • the evaluation of national higher education systems not only by the positions of the leading universities, but also for all national universities; • the dynamics of growth in online activities of Russian universities, including regional (comparison by federal districts of Russia); • studying the peculiarities of the network activity of Russian universities with regard to changes of such indicators as Openness Rank and Excellence Rank.
Regular analysis of the results reveals sometimes unexpected facts, such as the entry into the world arena of new countries, considering the scale factor (India, Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines), unique high positions of Russian universities by the indicators characterizing the openness of information and other.
The study examined the growth of web activity of Russian universities as an example of the impact of evidence-based information on the practical activities of universities.
Keywords: Webometrics,global rankings,mass higher education
JEL Classification: I21
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