Benchmarking Universities: The Canadian case

David Turner

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    This paper presents a method for comparing university performance known as Data Envelope Analysis (DEA). DEA is used to reanalyse data on Canadian universities previously published in Maclean’s magazine, and used to produce a national league table. The analysis using DEA contrasts with that used in producing league tables, and highlights various implicit assumptions that are built into league tables as they appear in many countries. Within a framework of DEA, different models are used to evaluate university performance on the basis of different assumptions. The model which produces the results most similar to Maclean’s league table incorporates very specific assumptions, and these can be examined by altering them in other models. The results show quite clearly that league tables incorporate assumptions which are very far from being appropriate to the context that league tables are supposed to operate in.
    Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
    Tudalennau (o-i)5 - 18
    Nifer y tudalennau13
    CyfnodolynWorld Studies in Education
    Rhif cyhoeddi2
    StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 1 Ion 2004

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