Academic Rankings as a Source of Information for Study Candidates


Abstract

Objectives: The aim of the article is to present a proposal for a ranking of public universities in Poland, taking into account the position of their graduates on the labour market.

Research Design & Methods: Three reflective indicators were used to create the ranking: average time (in months) from obtaining a diploma to taking up the first job under a contract of employment by graduates; the relative unemployment rate of graduates in the fifth year after graduation among graduates with no work experience prior to graduation; the relative wage rate of graduates in the fifth year after graduation among graduates with no pre-graduation work experience. The structure of three indicators has been based on zero-unitarisation.

Findings: The leading universities in the ranking were technical and economic universities. Their 2014 graduates (in all the variety of fields of study offered by these universities) found a job relatively quickly – i.e. within five years of obtaining their diploma – as well as experienced less than average unemployment in the poviats of their residence and their earnings were higher than the average in the poviats of their residence.

Implications / Recommendations: It is advisable to continue research on the methodology of creating academic rankings (including reflective indicators). In this regard, it is worth taking into account possibly large – but at the same time homogeneous – research samples.

Contribution / Value Added: Extended research on how to create academic rankings (in particular devoted to study candidates).

Article classification: research article

JEL classification: A23, I23


Keywords

ranking; Higher Education Institutions; didactics; graduate; Poland

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Published : 2021-05-13


Pietrzak, P., & Cieciora, M. (2021). Academic Rankings as a Source of Information for Study Candidates. Public Governance / Zarządzanie Publiczne, (52(2), 51-62. https://doi.org/10.15678/ZP.2020.52.2.05

Piotr Pietrzak 
Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Management Institute  Poland

ul. Nowoursynowska 166
02-787 Warszawa


Małgorzata Cieciora 
Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology, Faculty of Information Technology  Poland

ul. Koszykowa 86
02-008 Warszawa



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