What can make rankings for the choice and what not the recent bureaucratic objections as well as the increasing non-subsidiaries of German universities and entire departments at the renowned German university ranking of CHE (Centre for higher education development) seem to represent a trend in the public perception. Accordingly, University rankings are as ambivalent to assess short and mild said. Hochschul – and which long disputed, the value appears increasingly questionable, problem-burdened, as a navigational aid for prospective students. Scientific methodological point of view, they are clearly questionable not only from the point of view of professional sociology. Since the early of 1990s is increasingly established in Germany, understand and apply themselves as quality indicators and carrier of the academic competition rankings. They suggest according to quality criteria when rasterized to depict the German university landscape. And they promise valuable information for the personal choice of the University and of the appropriate College by detailed guidelines on working conditions, research reputation to the individual living forms on the study.
For more than 30 subjects and more than 250 campuses in this country there are records. Shows that currently competing rankings with varying results exist already, how much the devil is in the detail. Ranking is not just the same ranking, and anyone looking for orientation would be well advised to be wary of simplistic readings of higher education comparisons. The University ranking”of the CHE wants to help according to own when choosing the right college students and willing to study; the University ranking 2012 “WirtschaftsWoche was based on a survey of hiring managers of powerful companies. Various promotion and research rankings are established in Germany. For freshmen the serious entry in the beginning so begins with orientation in the orientation slip of the tongue. But what do these, der Spiegel, focus, Handelsblatt, WirtschaftsWoche, either through the media FAZ College scoreboard or the time spread performance comparisons (ranking means nothing else ‘) for the German higher education sector? And what information can see users in the dangerous blind trust, that led to factually justified reviews the methods used in the rankings? The fact is: who focused in rankings, gets quite differentiated data (point values, color symbolism, rank groups) to many disciplines of German universities now (such as at the surface).