Do university rankings and accreditation really matter? Manufacturing 'legitimacy' in Singapore's higher education sector

Peter McKiernan, Peter Waring

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we examine the concept of ‘legitimacy’ in higher education in the context of the city-state of Singapore. We find that ‘legitimacy’ enhancing devices like rankings and accreditation are not necessary precursors for market success, reputation building or the provision of a quality education. This result is a direct challenge to the prevailing orthodoxy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2015
    Event2016 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 10 Oct 201611 Oct 2016

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    Conference2016 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference
    CountrySpain
    CityBarcelona
    Period10/10/1611/10/16

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    Keywords

    • higher education
    • rankings
    • accreditation
    • reputations

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    McKiernan, P., & Waring, P. (2015). Do university rankings and accreditation really matter? Manufacturing 'legitimacy' in Singapore's higher education sector. Paper presented at 2016 EFMD Higher Education Research Conference, Barcelona, Spain.