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Assessing the legitimacy of HEIs’ contributions to society

Assessing the legitimacy of HEIs’ contributions to society PurposeThis paper aims to inquire about the types of measurements used by international university rankings and their connection to the higher education institutions’ (HEIs) third mission activities, namely, the contribution to society.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is based on a review of literature and content analysis of nine international rankings.FindingsThis empirical study corroborates that rankings focus on teaching and research activities but rarely measure the HEIs’ connection to practice.Originality/valueAs the measurements used by international university rankings are claimed to have a huge impact on the structuring of the academic environment, this paper shows that international rankings fail to measure the HEIs’ success in developing third mission activities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2040-8021
DOI
10.1108/SAMPJ-12-2015-0108
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to inquire about the types of measurements used by international university rankings and their connection to the higher education institutions’ (HEIs) third mission activities, namely, the contribution to society.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is based on a review of literature and content analysis of nine international rankings.FindingsThis empirical study corroborates that rankings focus on teaching and research activities but rarely measure the HEIs’ connection to practice.Originality/valueAs the measurements used by international university rankings are claimed to have a huge impact on the structuring of the academic environment, this paper shows that international rankings fail to measure the HEIs’ success in developing third mission activities.

Journal

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 2, 2017

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