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Project

CODUR - Creating an Online Dimension for University Rankings

Framework

With the higher education market becoming ever more competitive, there is a clear need for ranking mechanisms that help people make informed choices about which university to attend and what course to follow.

While a number of ranking systems already exist for traditional on-campus higher education, none of these covers online universities.

The CODUR project is addressing this gap by formulating a set of criteria and indicators suitable for evaluating online universities. Ultimately, it may also prove possible to integrate these indicators into existing ranking systems.

Objectives

CODUR aims to generate:

  • a set of European-defined quality assurance criteria and indicators for evaluating online universities;
  • guidelines for integrating the resulting online education metrics into existing ranking systems, thus contribution to the development of multidimensional ranking;
  • a set of operational tools for data collection.

Major Activities

The main project activities are to:

  • perform a literature review investigating existing efforts to rank online higher education;
  • produce a set of ranking indicators;
  • conduct stakeholder validation of those indicators.

Partners

Open University, UK
http://www.open.ac.uk/
Fundacio per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
http://www.uoc.edu/portal/ca/index.html