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Evaluating university performance using reference point based composite indicators

Samira El Gibari, Trinidad Gómez and Francisco Ruiz

Journal of Informetrics, 2018, vol. 12, issue 4, 1235-1250

Abstract: In this paper, we propose the application of a novel methodology to build composite indicators, in order to evaluate university performance. We analyse separately the three basic dimensions of our university system (research, teaching and technology transfer), because we are interested in getting a more accurate vision of each of them. In order to build the composite indicators, we use a multi-criteria analysis technique, based on the double reference point method. One advantage of this technique is the possibility to use reference levels, in such a way that the results obtained are easily interpreted in terms of the performance of the university with respect to these levels. Besides, aggregations for different compensation degrees are provided. In order to illustrate the advantages of this method, it has been applied to evaluate the performance of the public universities of the Spanish region of Andalucía, for year 2008. The results show that the performance of the Andalusian public universities in the teaching block is better than in the research and technology transfer blocks. The application lets us conclude that the methodology offers a warning system to assist in strategic decision making, and the values of the indicators allow us to find fields of improvement in all areas.

Keywords: Higher education; Multi-criteria analysis; Composite indicators; Reference point method; Universities Ranking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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