The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) recently released its 2013 ranking of the top 100 degree-granting institutions of higher education. This is the second year for the CWUR rankings. CU-Boulder has placed 41 in world rank this year, up from 46 on last year's list; the Boulder campus is also up to 28 (from 34) among U.S. institutions.
The rankings combine a measurement of quality of the learning environment as well as research achievement. Unlike other ranking standards, the CWUR aims for objectivity by not relying on surveys and university submissions to calculate its results. The seven indicators used by CWUR include: quality of faculty, top journal publications, highly influential research, citations, patents, student academic training and the professional future of alumni.
Dr. Nadim Mahassen, CWUR director, felt a new ranking system was necessary. “Some rankings, such as the Shanghai Ranking, rely mainly on research indicators. Other rankings, such as QS and the Time Higher Education rankings, place a great deal of emphasis on opinion based surveys," he said. "Up to now, there has been no ranking measuring the quality of the learning environment as well as research without relying on surveys and university data submissions, and this is what the CWUR ranking tries to achieve.”