Methodology

Evaluation Process

 

The WURI Ranking is a not-for-profit program, so there are no fees nor any hidden costs for this application and evaluation process. There are also no marketing activities involved with this program or its participants. The following is an outline of our evaluation process.
 

 

  1. Evaluation: By April 25, 2021, the presidents or the school’s evaluation team designated by the president, who have submitted their applications, will evaluate all applications in a blind review process and send their evaluation scores of all the submitted applications to the WURI Ranking.
     

  2. Judgment: By May 15, 2021, the representatives of the university leagues (e.g., AAC&U) and higher education-related media (e.g., newspapers, magazines), who accept WURI’s invitation, and the members of the WURI Evaluation Board will review the Evaluators’ evaluation scores and send to the WURI office their recommended list of universities for the global top 100 rankings.
     

  3. Final Check: By May 25, 2021, the WURI Evaluation Board aggregates the recommendations of the Judges, checks the reliability of the contents in the submitted applications, and finalizes the entries in the “Global Top 100 WURI 2021.”
     

  4. Publication of the WURI Ranking: The final WURI Ranking and selected innovative programs which are ranked will be published on June 10, 2021.


 

 

Evaluation Criteria

 

There are five categories for evaluation: industrial application, entrepreneurial spirit, ethical value, student mobility and openness, and crisis management. Each of these five categories should be then evaluated based on the following three criteria.
 

 

  1. Innovativeness: Evaluators should first look at how innovative the program is. This could be with the content of the program itself or with the process the institution has demonstrated in making their program more effective. The evaluators may consider one of these aspects or both.
     

  2. Implementability: Although the program may be innovative, evaluators should also examine its implementability or doability. This can be assessed by measuring the costs and benefits in initiating the program.
     

  3. Impact: Evaluators should consider both the scope and intensity of the program. In terms of scope, it should be judged whether the impact has been limited to only one department, for example or whether it has been wide across the entire university. Additionally, the impact of the program can have a varying degree of intensity which must be weighed up carefully.

 

Based on these three criteria and to the best of your assessment, evaluators will select the ten best programs for each of the five categories (fifty candidates in total) from the list of applicants of the evaluation sheet.