Rankings in Universities: Sociological Reflection and Experience of MGIMO

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Prof. of the Department of Sociology
Affiliation: MGIMO University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Occupation: Lecturer of the Department of Sociology
Affiliation: MGIMO-University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 10

The paper reviews the neoliberal turn in education and its influence on MGIMO educational realities. Rankings as a part of this turn have a noticeable impact on the relationship between the university and society, as well as on the way MGIMO policies teaching staff. Ranking influence is explored through a case study of results of MGIMO language teaching quality poll conducted among students of two major faculties – faculty of international relations and faculty of journalism. The questionnaire used is an innovative tool in development, and the goal of this tool is to provide a fair and complete ranking in accordance with sociological prospective on education. Poll data include 833 participants from both faculties and is studied through statistical procedures. Authors conclude that faculty plays a noticeable role in defining motivation for scores given, therefore only a ranking that takes students’ educational background in consideration is to be considered fair. This study opens a discussion on the role of qualitative factors in quantitative methods.

Keywordshigher education reform, higher education management system, internal teaching staff ratings, student surveys
Publication date13.10.2019
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