Ranking e valutazione: il caso delle classifiche delle università - Abstract The paper consists of two parts. The first is more general: it introduces to university ranking, shows the leading international ranking, discusses the uses people make of rankings. The second focuses on Italian ranking Censis-la Repubblica developing two different kinds of analyses: after considering indicators validity and reliability, principal components analysis and cluster analysis are applied to a partial replication of Censis-la Repubblica data. A list of points to pay attention comes out of these analyses: it can be useful when defining rankings of complex institutions such as universities.
Key words: ranking, university ranking, Censis-la Repubblica, validity and reliability, normalisation and combination of indicators.
Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi, Daniele Checchi, Chiara Guglielmetti, Silvia Salini, Matteo Turri, in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 41/2008, pp. 81-114, DOI:10.3280/RIV2008-041006