More Than Our Rank: A New Initiative from the INORMS Research Evaluation Working Group
The More Than Our Rank initiative has been developed in response to some of the problematic features and effects of the global university rankings. It provides an opportunity for academic institutions to highlight the many and various ways they serve the world that are not reflected in their ranking position.
Over the last five years the INORMS Research Evaluation Group (REG) (https://inorms.net/research-evaluation-group/) has been working hard to develop new frameworks for assessment and evaluation of research. The working group's SCOPE framework for responsible research evaluation has received global attention. The SCOPE framework has been used by a variety of institutions, has been included in funded National Science Foundation research grants, and used by governmental funding agencies. For example, the United Kingdom Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a national performance-based funding exercise that occurs every seven-to-eight years. The joint bodies that make up the REF are now seeking to redesign the assessment and are using the INORMS SCOPE framework as their foundation for this redesign effort.
Recently, the volunteers on the INORMS REG have spearheaded a new global initiative geared at higher education rankings. The More Than Our Rank initiative has been developed in response to some of the problematic features and effects of the global university rankings. It provides an opportunity for academic institutions to highlight the many and various ways they serve the world, that are not reflected in their ranking position. This initiative is meant for every academic institution, whether ranked or unranked, Top 10, or yet to place. It is an initiative for institutions who are proud of their ranking position but also recognize the limitations of the indicators used, and for those who feel that the rankings do not reflect their strengths or institutional mission. Every institution in the world is much more than their rank. This initiative is simply an opportunity to publicly say so and explain why.
Why participate? By participating in the More Than Our Rank initiative, academic institutions are demonstrating a commitment to responsible assessment and acknowledging a broader and more diverse definition of institutional success.
How to participate? Institutions that wish to participate can simply sign up through the website and add the More Than Our Rank logo to their web pages or promotional materials. There is no fee to participate in this global initiative. Academic institutions are encouraged to post a statement promoting institutional activities, achievements or ambitions that are not adequately captured by national or international university rankings. The statements of some early adopter institutions can be viewed online. Individuals who would like to encourage their institution to participate in More Than Our Rank might find the following PDF guide helpful (https://inorms.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/mtor-guide.pdf).
Want to learn more? The INORMS REG is running two Community Calls for those interested in learning more about the More Than Our Rank initiative. The first, aimed at those in the Asia-Pacific region is being held on Friday 24 March 11:00-13:00 AEST with a keynote Professor Adrian Barnett of Queensland University of Technology. The second, aimed at those in Europe, Africa and the Americas is being held on Monday 17 April 14:00-16:00 GMT with a keynote from Associate Professor Leslie Chan of University of Toronto. Both sessions will include contributions from More Than Our Rank early adopters and supporting organizations with an opportunity for questions and discussions.
For more information and to book, please go to: https://inorms.net/more-than-our-rank-community-calls/
(Dr. Baron Wolf represents SRAI on the INORMS Responsible Research Group and has contributed to the development of the SCOPE framework and other initiatives of the group. Please reach out to Dr. Wolf if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Authored by Baron Wolf, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Research & Director, Research Analytics
University of Kentucky